About Victoria Machado

After spending the majority of my 20 years within a T ride of Boston, I am an inexperienced traveler ready to take on the States and the world. I am heading into my junior year at Harvard and am a native of Braintree, MA. Catch up on what I'm doing in and around Atlanta, Georgia as I spend the first half of the summer at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. I will then take off for Spain at the end of July. This summer will be my first abroad experience working as a nanny in Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain. I am so excited for all of the new sights, people, foods and culture, and I hope I don't miss the 781 too much!
8 09, 2015
  • Spain Girona Eiffel

Pals and Girona: Good Food, Good Views

I recently had the chance to have lunch and dinner in two of the more well known sites in Costa Brava, Pals and Girona. Totally different in every sense, Pals is a medieval/Roman village marked by a Hogwarts-like feel, and Girona is the major metropolitan area closest to here (35 minutes away vs. over an hour to Barcelona). It´s a smaller, slightly less intense version of Barcelona. We went to Pals on a [...]

26 06, 2015
  • Barcelona Gaudi

All of Barcelona in One Day

Or, how to successfully navigate the Gaudí lines. So, if you have only one day to visit Barcelona, your best bet to see the most important parts of the city is either the City Tour bus or the Bus Touristic. They cost around 30 euros, but you can get off and on as many times as you like during the day, as long as you have your ticket with you. Buses come [...]

30 08, 2014
  • Barcelona Gaudi

Last Week in Barcelona

Tips and tricks for navigating the city. Reporting semi-live from somewhere between Barcelona and Dublin. I am on my way home after six weeks in Barcelona and Costa Brava with the most amazing people. I don't have the words in Castellano or in English to describe how fortunate I am to have been an au pair for the Circuns family. They showed me the true heart of what it means to live [...]

28 07, 2014
  • Barcelona Jamon

Going Ham on the City

The Jamón Experience. Day 6 in Barça. No signs of peanut butter. But, I'm not complaining. I've seen so much of Barcelona, and spent this past weekend in Montras, Palamos, and other villages in Costa Brava, which is to Barcelona what Cape Cod and the islands are to Boston, but bigger (more on that later). On Thursday night, my host family took me to the center of Barcelona, el Barrio Gótico, to [...]

24 07, 2014
  • Barcelona Health Care

Head Start in Barca.

Notes on Spanish healthcare. Here in Barcelona the weather is perfect, the people are friendly, the food is unreal, and the healthcare system is decent. Yep. Within about 4 hours of arriving here, I got the chance to review the Hospital del Mar in Barca first hand. Lucky me. About 0.5 seconds into a Marco Polo-ish game of "Lima Limón," (a game in which I'm still unclear on the Spanish rules) I hit [...]

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