We weren’t really prepared on what to expect, attraction wise, from Barcelona. Ive read its trying ever so hard to be the newest fashion destination in Europe. Most would even say it is definitely the fashion capital of Spain. But it’s certain we were only aware of one element Barcelona offered as this city had a very big reputation amongst all travellers we spoke to.
“It’s an absolute must, but always watch your belongings!”
So naturally, we asked more questions and heard more stories…
Like the time someone asked for directions with a map and as they helped a person they tried (almost successfully) to take the persons phone with their map.
Or the time when walking through the metro turnstiles, they were blocked at either end and had their wallet pinched from the back and quickly lost all the money inside.
Luckily we took all the advice we were given and implemented it at all times.
1. Keep personal belongings in front pockets- NEVER in the back.
2. Handbags need to be clutched in front of you & crossed over the body if possible.
3. If anyone suspicious (or not so suspicious for that matter) asks you for help or assistance, the answer is always no!
4. Watch your external belongs on crowded streets, buses and trains.
5. Beware females as they are the most common culprit
6. Don’t ever leave your bag unattended! Ever, never, not even at a coffee shop or clothing store! No.
So thankfully, by following these rules, we escaped any sort of foul play.
We had some almost events happen….
Our first day I was buying metro tickets at the machine and a guy approached me and spoke Catalan (my spanish is poor at the best of times so I was unsure what he wanted) before I said no, he then jumped the turnstiles and walked quickly in another direction.
Another time we were strolling the Ramblas and we could see people communicating on opposite sides of the street (for those that haven’t been, it’s narrow where the pedestrian zone is, so this is very easy to do) & sizing tourists (including us) up for accessible pick pocketing.
A friend of ours had their phone stolen from their pocket, albeit they were carelessly strolling the streets alone, late at night.
Or when we were sitting in the lobby of our hostel late one night just arranging emails on the laptop & a random girl comes in off the street & has a rushed look on her face, begging to use our laptop to print her tickets for her “bus in 10 minutes”….
Firstly the bus depot was no where near our hostel
secondly where was she planning on printing them with a laptop?
lastly the hostel had a free printing service at reception & when we brought this up she assured us it wasn’t possible for them to access the tickets…. SUSPECT!
The point is it can happen at anytime, anywhere & by anyone.
A smart traveller is always aware of these possibilities…. Don’t be the novice.
Til next time…. Chao!