Barcelona, Spain
Ethan, 30
CFO at Stanga Games
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Do’s and don’ts in Barcelona: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

If you see a restaurant with a sign out front containing pictures of paella, avoid at all costs. No joke. There is much better paella in this city. Total tourist trap. Other than that, you're probably gonna be alright.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm currently the CFO of Stanga Games, a small mobile gaming start-up and the creator of the hit mobile game Underworld Football Manager. Why do I do it? To be honest, I'm not all that passionate about finance or numbers or all that, but it comes fairly easy to me, lets me live in this fantastic city, I can bring the dog to work, and I believe in the people I work with. So, yeah, I guess, in a nutshell, that's why I do it.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

I don't want to know. Checking my bank account the next day after a night out is not an activity I look forward to. But on average, including food, drinks, and maybe something later on, I don't know, maybe 60€. 80 if I wind up at Apolo and I'm ordering 10€ gin and tonics.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

My On-The-Go playlist just went from George Harrison to Death Cab for Cutie to Daddy Yankee to Eric Church to David Guetta. Now I'm reading "Please list your all-time favorite musicians:" and Billie Jean is playing and I'm contemplating the absurdity of what I just wrote in the previous sentence. Oh, and "Shake That" by Eminem is next up. So I think that answers the question?

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

I must say, I am partial to Gracia, but that's probably only because I live there. But really, Gracia has everything. Shopping, parks and terraces during the day; tapas, bars and terraces at night.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Raval. Without a doubt.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Barcelona?

The kebab restaurants in this city are whatever the opposite of "few and far between" is. Go to one of those.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Buy a jacket and do what you were going to do before. Unless it involves swimming in the Mediterranean. Then, probably don't do that.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The greatest footballer of my lifetime (and arguably of all time) currently plays here. We're going to the Camp Nou to watch Messi. I don't care who you are. That's something you can tell your grandkids.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Brunch & Cake in Eixample (dog-friendly btw). It's pretty much the only brunch place I go anymore. Salmon eggs benedict (served on a shovel). Mimosa. 2nd mimosa. Maybe some gourmet pancakes. Maybe 3rd mimosa. Siesta.

Which local creators do you admire?

I had never seen much of Dali's work before I moved here, and to be fair you won't see much of his influence in the city, but the train ride to Figueres is only an hour and the Dali Museum is an absolute experience. His eclectic work reminds me very much of Hunter S Thompson (for those who know him) and is some of the most out-of-this-world creative design I've ever seen. Well worth a day trip.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

To play off my previous kebab recommendation, Petra in Gracia is the best kebab I have found so far.

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

Looking at flights to anywhere except the United States of America. Then probably drinking beers at the beach.

You’re meeting the mayor of Barcelona - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Bigger and more off-leash dog parks in the city.

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Pedro Ortiz