Jessica’s blog, Barcelona Blonde is by far one of the most popular English-language blogs in the city. Described as ‘the adventures of a 20-something expat in Barcelona’, Jessica shares her best recommendations for having a good time in Barcelona, including where to eat, where to shop and where to party. Keep up to date with Jessica’s latest travels and follow her on Twitter or Instagram .
What is the most unusual request you’ve had?
The most unusual request I’ve ever had was also one of my favorites – a group of bikers in town for a motorcycle event asked me to give them a tour. I almost said no, but I was so glad I didn’t. They ended up being super cool laid-back guys, not the scary Hell’s Angels types I was expecting, and we had an awesome afternoon together. (P.S. If they’re reading this, thanks again).
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
Whenever I create content, I try to think of something I’d like to read myself. There are so many blogs full of generic, repetitive content, and it’s so boring. If an article isn’t something you’d be interested in reading and it’s not something you’re interested in writing, then why bother? The cool thing about blogs is that you can get more personal, so go for it.
Right now, I’m starting out as a freelancer doing writing, translation, and social media. I’m working with a few clients whose work I really love, plus looking to add some new ones too. It’s slightly terrifying, but anything could happen – and that’s excites me.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I think I’d like to talk to somebody from a really ancient society, just to see how much we got right about how they lived back then.
If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
Sunglasses, a towel, and a great read – hey, I might as well enjoy it while I’m there.
How would you describe Barcelona Blonde in 80 characters?
Expat blog on Barcelona, travel, and the art of mastering the Spanish fiesta.
Apple or android? Apple.
Coffee or tea? Tea – I am a huge tea drinker.
Fame or money? Money. I don’t think being famous would be very much fun.
Love or friendship? Hmm…tough choice. Ideally, I want to have both if I can.
Train or plane? Train.
Jackie Collins or Ernest Hemingway? Hemingway (but I don’t much like either).
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