Hello! It’s been a week. The news was bleak enough this week, then ended with a solid thud after the attack in Barcelona. So, where do we go from here? We go on. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!


Travel news you can use

  • arcelona, among the most-visited cities in Europe (or, dare I say, the world?) is still reeling following a terrorist van attack targeting Las Ramblas. The city is maintaining an information service in three languages (Català, Spanish, and English) to support affected citizens and visitors, including tourists who can’t return to their hotels inside the security perimeter.
    • If you’ve visited Barcelona, I can say with near-certainty you have been to the site of the attack. Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are crowded 24 hours a day, so I can’t even imagine the chaos of the moment.
  • The US National Park Service ended its ban on the sale of bottled waterin parks, due to successful lobbying by the bottled water industry. If you’ve ever been anywhere, you know plastic bottles are the world’s most popular litter.
  • A study by Hostelworld found the Irish to be the most-traveled people in the world . Next on the list, Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, Canadians, and the Dutch. So, everyone you’ve ever met in a hostel kitchen or bathroom.
  • Barcelona dominated news, generally, and the travel news world this week. Without much else to report on, I’ll leave you with this photo from my first trip to Barcelona in 2011. It’s the beautiful Joan Miró mosaic near La Boqueria market. It’s also where the van in Thursday’s attack came to a halt, approximately 500 metres down Las Ramblas.


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