Hola Barcelona! It’s great to be back. Here’s a look at some of the practical things to consider when renting a vacation apartment.


This is an apartment we’re currently renting in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona. When traveling with family, apartments in my opinion offer what hotels cannot. Space, for one but also the opportunity to feel like a local. So back to apartment # 1 on leg 1 of this trip.

We are on the 3rd floor of this apartment. It’s rather noisy because of all the cars passing by.

Size, neighborhood, accessibility, wifi – all good. On the practical side, which is just as important, it has a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Something that makes me very happy. Don’t underestimate the need for clean clothes.


This is the “before” shot of the apartment. I’m not sure you want to see the “after”.

So, look at what I brought with me all the way from Manila. I learned the hard way from previous trips.

Gloves? Yes gloves! For rinsing off pots and pans, plates and utensils that go in the dishwasher! Your hands will thank you for remembering.

Miro 4
Don’t leave home without gloves!!

Sachets of dishwashing liquid and detergent. This is not an endorsement for Ariel or Joy. It’s an endorsement for the Pinoy sachet! Some apartments provide both and some do not. From experience I didn’t want to have to but a litre of dishwashing liquid and laundry soap so my advice is to bring a couple of sachets for the apartments that don’t provide any.


And….Cup Noodle! Don’t judge me…this is for when anyone of us has a craving for something Asian. I brought more than one.

cup noodle

The whites need to go into the washing machine now…so it’s time to go.

It’s only Day 3 of 29 for this Traveling Tita so don’t forget to check back for more!