Barcelona, Spain
Ola, 28
Freelance Writer & Photographer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I get bored pretty easily so I've always looked for jobs that allow me to do something different every day. At the moment I'm working at a hostel and I'm freelance as a writer and a photographer.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Capital Cities rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U on repeat

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Black Mirror, Broad City, Newsroom, Californication, Rick and Morty

Name some spots in Barcelona that are good for a Tinder date.

I have to admit I have never actually gone on a Tinder date! But I would recommend Terraza Martinez on Montjuic or Chaka Khan on Rambla de Catalunya if you have money to blow, and the garden of Antic Teatre for a something a little more low-key.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

In an attempt to lead a more sustainable life I've mostly given up shopping at commercial fashion superhouses and stick to local boutiques, markets, second hand and vintage stores. Stroll down Carrer de la Bòria, and wander into Gracia for some unexpected fashion goldmines. A persistent dig through the Lost&Found Market, which usually takes place at Moll de la Fusta is also undoubtedly going to add some sparkle to your wardrobe.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Watch the sun rise from the sea. I witnessed my first Barcelona sunrise several days after moving here. Since then, I haven't made it to the beach before dawn often enough.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Barcelona and where did you get it?

I was once taken on a date to a small Japanese restaurant in Gothico. It was "that place around the corner we never tried", recommended by my date's roommate. Little did we know we were sent to Kak Koy, owned by Hideki Matsuhisa. At the time I was giving up fish, but I made an exception for their mouth-watering tuna. We added a bottle of tinto and some smoked, grilled edamame beans to the mix, and left before we could empty our bank accounts.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Barcelona that you particularly like?

There is a Cidreira on Carrer de la Merce in lower Gothico that fits 2, maybe 3 tables and a lovely older man who will pour cider into your glass from a meter above his head.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Barcelona? Which one do you like?

Creps al Born... but you'll pay a hefty price for them.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Barcelona?

Hands down Las Ramblas. Between groups of tourists armed with selfie sticks and sketchy dudes trying to take you to a 'coffeeshop' there isn't much to actually do here, except divulge in an overpriced tourist menu, complete with box-Sangria and frozen paella.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Barcelona?

Hospital Sant Pau - not a lot of first time visitors see or even know of this beautiful building and it's absolutely worth a visit!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Barcelona. How do you spend it?

Short and sweet: day drinking at the beach.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Roma. I used to lived there so even though its become a travel destination it was also a home for many years. Rome is always in holiday mode. Dolce far niente takes on a whole new meaning here.

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