Where to Find the Best Cake in Barcelona

Cake, glorious cake. My cake consumption has taken a hit recently. I've been trying to eat less dairy products, so my cake options are becoming more limited. My quest to reduce my refined sugar intake is also (and rightly) having an impact. So, as I sit here on a sunny Sunday afternoon drinking my almond…

Dreaming of Continents and Other Thoughts on Travelling

Some travellers want the whole world. Some people want a tiny corner of it. I would put myself in the former camp, though I’ve noticed over the years that my travel obsessions seem to be categorised in continents, or groups of countries. I’ve also noticed how these shift over time, and have been thinking about…

Feeling at Home in a Foreign Country

  When I was younger my mum used to despair because I would refer to everywhere as “home”. If I was staying over at a friend’s for one night, it was “home”. When I went back to my parents' house during university holidays, I was going “home”, but would simultaneously refer to my university town…

Barcelona Harbour

Where to Find Great Vegetarian Food in Barcelona

I recently came to a happy realisation: I’ve spent over five of the past ten months in Barcelona. Shockingly, though, I’ve devoted almost no time whatsoever to writing about it. I decided to try and fix that, and what better place to start than with vegetarian food? I’ll make it clear from the outset: vegetarians…

A Few Thoughts on São Paulo

When I tell people that I’m going to Brazil they tend to get pretty excited. In the popular imagination Brazil seems to conjure up images of beautiful people enjoying beautiful sunshine on beautiful beaches. “So, you’re going to Rio?”, they ask. Well, actually, no. I’m going to São Paulo. São Paulo, which tends to be…

How to Make the Most of Work Trips Abroad

I typically think two things when my employers advise me that I’m being sent on a business trip abroad, each in rapid succession. My first thought: “Yes! I’m going travelling!” My second: “Wait. I have to work.” Over time, I’ve discovered some ways to balance the work side of a work trip while still enjoying the travel side. Do…

Best Museums to Visit (and Avoid) in Barcelona

Barcelona remains a popular European destination, and for good reason. It caters to most tastes, combining big-city entertainment and culture with sun, sea and sand. What it also has in strong supply are museums and galleries. During the two months I spent in the city this summer I had ample opportunity to check some of…