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Paula Robledo

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Paula Robledo is a multimedia journalist from Málaga, Spain. Currently living in Bournemouth, she arrived in May 2019 looking for new adventures. With over four years' experience in the field, Paula used to work as a fashion business journalist in Barcelona, creating content and organising events. Writing is the main form of communication for Paula, who focuses on lifestyle, culture, people, places and personal stuff. In addition, Paula loves travelling, photography and food; three things she relishes doing and writing about.

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