Interview with travel blogger Quisquis
This is the final interview that we will be carrying out in our top travel bloggers series where we have interviewed experienced travellers who have been sharing their knowledge with us, whether it’s through video, audio, photos or they have simply given us a description of their experiences of places they have been to. To conclude, we are delighted to have been able carry out an interview with travel blogger Quisquis, a German travel blogger who not with a touch of sarcasm and irony that he adds to his most scathing comments on Barcelona, illuminates our view of the Catalan capital in the most entertaining way, thus offering a very concise, detailed, and relevant image of the city. So, without further ado, here is the long awaited interview with the most cutting German blogger on the web.
1. Who are you/what do you do?
Since March 2007 I’ve been trying to show an ironic and different view of Barcelona to your typical tourist guides through my blog Quisquis, from the inside and from the point of view of a German who has lived in this capital of the absurd for 10 years.
The name Quisquis is a play on words: it’s pronounced like KissKiss – the typical way that you greet your friends here – and “quisquis”.
I write in German, my mother tongue, about interesting places and events for tourists in Barcelona, so of course who better to do the interview than me ;).
2. Your three top places in Barcelona
It’s difficult to limit yourself to just 3 places, but seeing as its winter I’ve chosen the following three places:
Bareloneta beach in winter and when the weathers bad. The sea is one of the reasons why I live here in Barcelona. In winter, and if its rains you have the beach practically to yourself. And, make sure you see the sculpture “L’estel ferit” by the German artist Rebecca Horn.
The Collserola Tower by the architect Norman Foster in the mountains next to Tibidabo is a master piece and dominates the Barcelona skyline. The views from the platform are spectacular, when it’s sunny! You can easily lose yourself walking around taking in the air up there.
Another “mountain” where you can lose yourself is Montjuic. It has such a wide variety of interesting places. I’ll try to name some: the Botanical Gardens, the Magic Fountain, the cable car on Montjuic, Montjuic Castle, the House of the Midday Sun, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, and the Montjuïc municipal swimming pool. There’s an outdoor cinema in summer, concerts in various places such as Palau Sant Jordi (concert halls), as well as in the sports installations in Barcelona. You choose.
3. Your secret place in Barcelona
Ok, there’s a few but let’s start at the Mescladis on 5, Plaça Sant Pere where the foods really good and healthy. For coffee I recommend you go to a place that I discovered recently called café Federal on 30, Calle Parlament in the San Antoni district. Two Australians run it and it has a very Scandinavian/Berlin feel to it. Finally, for going out in the evening I recommend you take a wander to some streets further down towards the cocktail bar the Pesca Salada on 32, calle Cera, more in the Raval district.
I’d like to take the opportunity as well to send my best regards to all my fellow travel bloggers.
Claudia – Marketing Team