What is the most unusual request you’ve had?
A tricky first question – nothing unusual particularly. Because of the blog I’m asked to try things out in and around Barcelona with the hope that I’ll write about them (some of course expressly request this). Restaurants and tours are the norm, if it involves wine I’m happy. But I’ve had a sailing trip, a scooter for a week and am going to a cabaret show this weekend. I’m open to anything really. I’d like to tell you I was a casteller for a day, but I’d be lying.
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
For me the blog is a hobby, it doesn’t provide me with a living. It allows me to learn about this city that I love and meet people who are either doing the same thing or are part of the cultural fabric of the city. So I guess my advice would be this, don’t start a blog thinking you’re going to make money, start it as a means to express yourself and your talents, and from that other opportunities will arise that will enable you to continue what you’re doing or take another direction. Write often, be yourself, be active on social media, and give your time to others. You will get it all back.
I’d like to completely redesign the blog. It’s been a good few years now. Even though I’m still really happy with it I think it’s time. The ‘perfect day’ series on the blog is a favorite of mine. So I’d like to get more of those on there, I have a long list of people to approach. I’d like to get more people involved in the writing. I’d like to have a monthly restaurant review, wine reviews, and cultural reviews, anything that is pretty permanent. I don’t want to become a Barcelona guide with gigs or short exhibitions, but I’d like to have more of a focus. It really can be anything at the moment from one week to the next. But I do like that about it too.
What is your dream project?
To improve life for a group of people that no one is looking out for. To build something that makes a difference and empowers them to live better.
If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
A knife, a waterproof LED headlamp and a fire steel. Surely.
How would you describe Homage to Barcelona in 80 characters?
An expat blog about anything and everything relating to the great city of Barcelona.
Apple or android? Apple.
Picasso or Miró? Picasso.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Fame or money? Money.
Love or friendship? Friendship.
Train or plane? Train.