Barcelona, Spain
Valentina, 33
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a bit about Valentina

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an entrepreneur and I'm about to open my own company - A concierge company based in Barcelona and Ibiza, an all around service agency which can satisfy any kind of requests. I find that work with tourism is the right job for this city. Barcelona is one of the most touristic cities in the world, so helping travellers is the best I could do as I'm one of them!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Difficult to say, before arriving at this point of opening my own company, I had several jobs in my life. I'm a traveller myself and every city I have been living in was a different challenge for me. I would not call them the worsts but maybe just the craziest ones. In Korea, Seoul once I was getting paid a lot of money to just put hot water in tea pots. I had to go around the tea shop with a big smile on my face asking clients if they wanted more hot water in their teas. This is just one of the craziest jobs I had. :)

Were you born and raised in Barcelona? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Barcelona?

I was born in Italy, Napoli and raised there till I was 18. Afterwards, I started traveling all around the world. First stop New York, then Korea, then Spain, Barcelona, Ibiza. After I moved to London where I stayed for 6 years then Germany and USA again for a short time. Last year, I had to decide where to settle down and after seeing all of these places around the world the only city I really felt at home was Barcelona. I packed everything and I moved here. I never regret one second of my decision. I was reborn in this city!!

What’s your current hood in Barcelona and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Sant Pere, just next to Palau de la Musica. The best thing is the beauty of the neighbourhood and the worst is the streets that are not very clean.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I'm quiet eclectic in terms of favourite music. I like Jazz, electronic, pop, classic, techno, latin. The only one I can't really listen to is reggeton!

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

Jamiroquai ''Pictures of my life''. Amy Winehouse ''Love is a losing game''. Always Amy ''Will you still love me tomorrow''. Alessio Arena ''Girotondo''. Pino Daniele ''Quando''.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I don't really watch television but recently I got into 8 Sense. A new series of the Wachowskis Sisters. (Directors of Matrix). This show is great and the fact that is filmed all around the world make you feel like you are traveling too.

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

I never date on Tinder but maybe a good spot would be Antic Theatre in Sant Pere, a secret garden in the heart of the city center.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Trump and Berlusconi.

Who’s your hero and where in Barcelona would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is my mum, (not with me anymore unfortunately) I would take her everywhere, from up the Tibidabo to Barceloneta. I wish this could be possible.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Vintage shops, markets around the world, designers, mainstream shops.

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

Plaza Real

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

Take the cable car to Montjuic.

Where do you go in Barcelona for a casual night out?

Born, Gothic quarter.

Where would you go in Barcelona to celebrate some freaking good news?

Cicconi's. I love the food there!

What’s your choice of transportation in Barcelona and why?

Bicycle, free and good for exercise.

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

Barcelona, The Gothic quarter with their narrow streets, Raval, El Born.

What are the Barcelona spots tourists should run from screaming?

La rambla, la Boquera market.

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

A walk around the city, stoping at all of my favorite bars and restaurants.

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

Not really a city but an island, my dearest Ibiza. The sea there is amazing, the countryside and of course the parties!!!

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