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I landed here in Barcelona a little bit more than four years ago now. I was then freshly graduated and, at that time, I only spoke the terrible spanish I’ve been learning at school (it’s hard to admit, but I never liked the language that much). However, moving in Barcelona was quite smooth since my boyfriend already found a place for us as. As a long time expat in the Catalan capital city, he knew Barcelona like the back of his hand. Very convenient indeed !
We moved twice. Our first two apartments (shared with roommates) were rather
totally catastrophic experiences. Today, we live in a small studio with our doggy (we adopted a cute shiba inu a few months after moving in!) and it is much much MUCH better to be just the 3 of us. Roommates are EVIL.
Time goes by so quickly and I realize that even more when I take a look back at the old pictures.
A quiet and peaceful life in Barcelona
Because of its relative smallness, many think they can apprehend Barcelona in a few days. However, and years later, I still find myself discovering new nooks of the Catalan capital (which evolves very quickly!).
I don’t think I could ever get bored by the architectural eccentricity of the Casa Battló – one of Antoni Gaudí‘s masterpieces – or Vallvidrera‘s scenic view.
Everything looks unique and vibrant.
And let’s be honest, the Mediterranean climate is also one of main reasons I like Barcelona that much !
Especially at first, living in Barcelona feels like being on vacation every day!
Thanks to my boyfriend, I felt at home in a heartbeat. Nothing compares to the many weekends spent strolling and sunning towards the famous Barceloneta beach-front. This makes you fully appreciate the Catalan lifestyle. I still can’t get enough of looking at the W hotel : a giant glazed building shaped like a sail.
By the way, Barcelona is considered as one of the greatest spots for skateboarders on planet earth ! How cool is that.
Obviously, I got wowed and obsessed right away by the profusion of shopping options in Barcelona : Zara’s, Mango’s, H&M’s and luxury stores are just everywhere. In my first flat, I was even living less than 100 meters away from Passeig de Gracia. And guys, PDG is the Catalan equivalent of New York’s Fifth Avenue or the Champs-Élysées in Paris!
So you can easily understand why – at first – I found it incredibly hard to resist to purchase all the pretty cheap clothes within easy reach (all things considered, I did not resist that much ahah).
Four years later, I still enjoy to take a look at the many store fronts and share my favorites with you but I just don’t buy clothing that much anymore.
Look at me, so wise and stuff !
First outfits in Barcelona
Getting new creative inspiration is what I like the most when it comes to visit new places. And damn, Barcelona is a highly inspiring city. Photography speaking, you feel like snapping every corner, every street, every little sunray reflecting on a building.
I have had so much pleasure sharing with you all my new outfits and purchases ! Live my blogger’s life reveal : most of my pictures are taken during lunch break when the weather is still warm and sunny.
Along with my parents and on board their huge RV, I had the chance to make a road trip across the southern part of Spain to reach Portugal. I recall some really nice stopovers in Valencia, Granada, Málaga, Sevilla and finally Faro.
If you have the possibility to do so, go and don’t miss the impressive Alhambra, the jewel of Andalusia. You won’t be disappointed !
As a music lover, I also loved to attend almost every edition of the Bilbao BBK Live music festival. It is held in the Basque country (North of Spain), a very charming region.
By far, I prefer this festival over the Primavera Sound which is Catalonia biggest music event.
First of all, the Primavera Sound takes place at the very beginning of spring in a very windy and chilly location (Parc del Fòrum). I keep catching a cold every year.
Also, the Bilbao BBK Live festival is way cheaper and rock music oriented, while Primavera Sound’s lines up are very eclectic – a little bit to scattered for my taste. But that’s just my two cents.
Passion for traveling
During our time in Barcelona, we also got very to travel many times to the United States, one of our “dream” countries.
Like so many people, we felt in love with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and New York ! To this day, California remains our favorite state for its relaxed lifestyle and mainly warm weather (San Francisco’s area is a special case – love it though!).
In addition to the USA, we also had a blast visiting Japan, London, Rome, Athens, Malaysia, Singapore…
Our best time trip ever was in Japan. I realized a dream by spending an entire month crossing the country from Hokkaido to Kyushu ! My boyfriend also surprised the hell out of me by proposing in Kyoto (he made the coolest music video – sweetest time of my life!).
2014 has been a slow year for the blog since I had zero motivation and inspiration during that time. To my great relief, my sweet best friend Amelie – a huge fashion addict ! – offered her precious help to bring the blog back to life with her perfect outfits.
As for me, I’ve decided to make a strong comeback (well, poco a poco!) and let the blog evolve towards a more developed food and travel facet. I hope you will like it as much as I do!