What to know when traveling to Barcelona
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

What to know when traveling to Barcelona

This is a blog post shares pictures and highlights some experiences that I found culturally different when traveling for a week in Barcelona, Spain.

32
What to know when traveling to Barcelona
Ally Burnham photography

9 of the biggest cultural differences from the United States that I noticed:

smoking is common

Most everyone smokes, it is very common in this country. However they don't litter and throw their cigarettes butts on the floor. The City for the most part was super clean; Unlike the big cities in the US.

true city of love

Barcelona is a city of love. So many couples walking together, people holding hands, and kissing in public.

friendly people

Very pet and kid friendly. The people were really nice and were very willing to help you out. The Spanish focus on people and family versus the United States. We seem to be more focused on our career and money. As well there weren't stray animals all around and many people seemed to have dogs and they all wore cute little winter sweaters.

don't tip

You don't need to tip. It's not expected, because the people are making a living wage. As well in restaurants they aren't trying to turn tables so, they don't bother you to leave. If you would like to order or your receipt you have to ask. It is common that people gather and chat in restaurants for 2-3 hours minimum.

less homeless

I really didn't notice many hobos and we went into all types of town. At least in comparison I would say that their homeless to are also less ballsy and more conservative then ours. ( if you would like a few wild experience from hobos in Sac or SF I have some)

best food 

Food and wine is sooo much better and for the most part cheaper. The bead is fresh and to die for, the gelato is more creamy, and the cured ham is a delicacy. About everything I ate was better and fresher. I liked the fact that little of the food had preservatives in it, it is common that people their go out for more of their meals, and grocery shop daily. This is one of the reasons why I think that more people are thin in this country despite some of the high calorie foods they eat. It also isn't a big deal to be of a particular age to drink, it's more normalized and the alcohol isn't as strong. However, I would say that bottled water and fresh fruit was pretty expensive to buy. A tip to save money would be to carry your own water because it's not free at restaurants and to not eat in the super touristy areas.

lots of petty theft 

Beware of pick pocketing. Thankfully we didn't have any problems with this yet although it is a common problem in Barcelona and just in Europe in general. Some tips to avoid this would be to have your valuables all in a front pocket that's closest to your body, and to travel with your hands in your pocket or your arm over that side. As well wear your backpacks and bags to the front.

you don't need a car

For transportation you could get around any way which was nice. People had cars but you also can bike, bus, train, electronic scooter, fly, walk or take the underground. I liked this a lot and it is nice that the public transport was so easily accessible and is widely used!!!! Kinda nice for the environment that not everyone needs a car, also maybe another reason there are less over weight people. It is a walking and subway city.

laid back way of life

The living situation is a bit more cramped and simplified. We were in the city so things typically are this way but it appeared that everyone seemed to live a little less lavishly then in the United States. People didn't seem as concerned with being flashy with expensive houses, cars, and designer clothes, however not that these things weren't present just not the everyday people had them.

A few pictures that give a glimpse of my trip 

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Ally Burnham photography

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Ford Cars That We Love

There's a good chance we've all driven a Ford or spent a lot of time at Ford, but what are some of the best cars they've ever made?

30162
Ford Cars That We Love
Photo by Jessy Smith on Unsplash

There are arguably few bigger automakers than Ford. They are a company that shaped the auto industry as we know it today and with a solid reputation in the industry, our wide range of Ford leases has always been a popular choice among drivers.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Prose: One Call

What if you had one call, but you could not say anything other than what you were told to say? In this short excerpt, Bethany finds herself at odds with her jailers and with the one she was told to call, the one she loves. What would you do when the conversation takes a turn off script?

21461
Prose: One Call
https://unsplash.com/s/photos/jail

With each incessant numbing ring of the phone call, I could feel the betrayal coiling around me like the phone line, squeezing me tighter.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review

Solid animation can't raise the newest entry in Sony's colorful monster series beyond the basics

82920
'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review
Photo Credit: Amazon Prime Video – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6suJohjIvfo

I take a slight issue with the idea that Adam Sandler didn’t have a good dramatic role until ‘Uncut Gems,’ what about ‘Hotel Transylvania’ (he says semi-seriously)?’

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Are some people just not meant to be together? Is there any way to prevent an impending divorce?

100010
4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

We've all heard the statistics. Roughly 50% of married couples eventually end up divorced. This can lead to complications, problems with your children, financial issues, and no small amount of negative emotions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

​Pets are Good for the Soul

Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

88417
Good for the Soul
Pets are Good for the Soul

America is going through a mental health crisis. This crisis predates the global pandemic, but has in many ways been dramatically exacerbated by it. In 2019, 19.86% of adults, or 50 million Americans, reported suffering from a mental illness. The emotional toll of the pandemic has been heavy, with over half of U.S. adults saying that they have experienced stress and worry related to Covid-19. Anxieties over work, uncertainty about the future and other triggers have intensified the mental health crisis. Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments