Barcelona, Spain
Noemi, 27
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am currently working in the customer service department of a textile company, I work with wholesale customers from different international markets. I love being in touch with people from all over the world on a daily basis, it also helps me practice foreign languages. I find it really interesting to learn how people do business in different countries. Being a chatty person I also love to be in contact with people, either by phone or e-mail and somehow being able to help them :)

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

Mostly Latin music! Nothing turns me on a better mood than listening to latin hits! I love the rythm and and it makes me move! I would definitely turn the music on get on my car and let the sadness go away! I

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly stores like Zara, Mango... I love trendy clothes at affordable prices! And Barcelona is pretty good at it! There are plenty of stores where you can find nice clothes and accessories! There are so many stores in the city centre that it can be sometimes overwhelming! That's why I sometimes prefer to head to the suburbs for shopping! You'll find me looking for trendy plain colors clothes, I love pastel colors and Blazers are my obsession, I have them in all colors!

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

Discovering new restaurants! I love food! although I am really... really picky! I do go out for dinner often, but I have the feeling that I always end up in the same places, there are so many cool restaurants in Barcelona, every time I walk arround the city I see new restaurants that I would like to try, but I never get to do so!

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

Not being particularly fan of exotic cuisine, I would say the most extreme food that I've eaten in Barcelona is Ethiopian food, it was delicious!!! I got it at an Ethiopian restaurant called Addis Abeba near Sants. The food was good, the staff were really nice and helpful! The price is also very reasonable! The only downsize is that the restaurant is not really big so it gets full pretty quickly!

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

Even though it's not a cocktail bar, definitely my favorite cocktail in Barcelona is the special surf house mojito! You can find it at Surf house in La Barceloneta, its terrace is usually full during summer! If you want to avoid waiting in line just head inside the bar, unlike the terrace there's usually space available! The special mojito is made with fresh fruit with Kiwi and maracuya, so light and tasty ! We actually discovered it with some friends by mistake, but we loved it!

Where would you take your partner in Barcelona if you wanted to really pamper them?

If I had the chance I would take him to spend a night in the Grand Hotel La Florida, near Tibidabo! I've never had the chance to stay there, but it must be amazing to have dinner overlooking Barcelona! The views from there are breathtaking! It's a rather fancy ( and expensive place) but If I had the chance why not? Relaxing in the pool doesn't sound bad either!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Wow there are many different foods that you can try in Barcelona! I would go for Cacaolat, it's a chocolate milkshake that I love, you can order it hot in winter and cold in summer in any bar! As a non coffee-lover Cacaolat is my saver! I would also go for jamón, yes sure it's a Spanish topic but you still have to try it! There are some variations that I love! Hot Jamón sandwich with melted brie and olive oil! Delicious! Fuet is also really good! and don't forget to try it with Pà amb tomàquet ( Bread with spread tomato and olive oil)!

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

Nightlife in general! Don't get me wrong we are known for being party harders, and although it's not an adjective that I specially like, it's true that there are many clubs where you can enjoy fiesta until dawn. However I do think that clubs in Barcelona are often crowded and don't reflect the real culture of the city. I really miss more life music bars where you could just chill while listening to good music! Or not so overcrowded bars where to spend the night dancing and having fun!

What are the Barcelona spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The gaudí essentials ( Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera..). A stroll around the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and el Born, the ramblas and La Boqueria market! La Barceloneta and the mains streets of L'eixample, such as Passeig de gràcia! But If you have the time, I'll recommend to stay more days in the city to discover less turistic places and visit other spots outside the city! If you have the time, take a train to other cities such as Girona, Vic, Tarragona... if it's summer head north to the Costa Brava... If its winter to the Pyreness... It's a never ending list!

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

I would spend it walking and wandering around the city! I love walking around the different neighborhoods! When I was at uni I would walk from work to Uni just because I liked to do so! So you would most probably find me walking all day, wandering in the streets of el born (my favorite neighbourhood in Barcelona)! Doing turisty things such as grabbing a fresh fruit juice in La boqueria and I would end the day rollerskating from la mar bella to W hotel and back during sunset!

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

Paris! When I was a Kid I dreamt of visiting Paris! It was my first vacation abroad, and now 15 years later I am still in love with it! I feel that no matter how many times I go back I can't never get enough! I love it's vibe! Walking next to the Seine, getting lost in Le Marais, and buying old books in St Michel! Overseeing the city from the top of Arc the Triomphe, walking down les Champs Elysées and visiting as many museums as possible ( If you are an UE citizen and under 26 is free!!) I would love decorate and live in an Haussmanian building ( dreaming is free isn't it?)

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