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Street Life: Homeless Tours in Barcelona

barclelona-hidden-city-tours by Borja DuranBARCELONA – In a secluded square, away from the bustle of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a group of tourists huddle around an ornate fountain, cameras at the ready. Their guide, a thin, bespectacled man with a mop of graying hair, rattles off a few historic factoids before revealing the real reason for the stop. This, he says, gesturing at a low stone wall in the center of the square, used to be a great place to sleep at night. “That is, until the police came and shooed us away.”

José Felipe Martín, 42, works for Hidden City Tours, an enterprise that supplements explorations of the city’s monuments and luminaries with a more immediate kind of history: the personal experiences of its guides, all of whom used to be homeless. Martín started with Hidden City in spring 2014, having spent a year living on the streets. The job, he says, has provided him with more than a living wage. “It made me think, ‘I am useful.’”  (Full Article)

Published at Hemispheres on Sept 1st 2015 

Photo Credit: Borja Duran

Author: Jessica Benavides Canepa

Jessica is a freelance journalist focusing on international travel, fashion, luxury, eco culture & women's issues. She has lived and/or traveled to 50+ cities around the globe. Published work has appeared at BBC Travel, Jetsetter, Nat Geo, CNN travel, Viator, Societe Perrier and Hemisperes.

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