Best Restaurants & Bars in Barcelona, According to Expats & Locals

When you come to Barcelona, it is easy to get lured into the tourist traps in search of the perfect paella or sangria. Unfortunately, this generally means you get low-quality, overpriced food and drinks, and you will leave feeling disappointed rather than satisfied. There are plenty of amazing restaurants in[…]

Travel Guide: Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Admittedly, I regret not spending more time in Santander.  My original plan was to visit San Sebastian and Bilbao for the 4 day weekend, but my host family had insisted that Santander was worth seeing. They told me it was only a short drive past Bilbao, but it ended up[…]

Spanish Idioms, #2: Que no Cunda el Pánico!

My first year in Spain, I began to have a major craving for Mexican food. I’m from Southern California, so there’s a delicious and authentic Mexican joint on practically every corner. One of my first jobs as a teenager was working in a small Mexican restaurant, and I never tire[…]

Hunting for Mushrooms (Not the Magical Kind) in Barcelona

My second year living in Barcelona, my host family asked me “Hey, want to go looking for mushrooms in the mountains?” I thought they were joking, but it turns out that it is a super popular activity in the autumn here in Catalonia. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in[…]

The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona: A City that Inspires

Paella, tapas, sangria, and parties that continue until the morning light… Barcelona is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful, culturally rich cities in Europe, with flocks of tourists coming to visit every year. In fact, almost 18 million people visited Catalonia (the region where Barcelona is located) in[…]