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.
What College Girls Remember from their Summers as a Kid

Yes, summer is almost here.. so what should we remember

Keep Reading... Show less
The 100 Things Millennials have ruined: A Comprehensive List
http://www.factandmyth.com/the-middle-class/are-mi...

Millennials: the generation everyone loves to hate. The babies of 1980 to 1995 take a lot of heat. I mean, we inherited a crashed economy, earn stagnant wages, live with crippling student loan debt, and try to enact change in a rigged system but our affinity for avocado toast and use of technology has wrecked society as we know it! As a tail end millennial, I wanted to know what I was ruining and, like any other annoying millennial would, I did some research. I scoured the internet, read online newspapers and scrolled through every listicle I could find. So, in case you needed another reason to resent the millennial in your life, here are the 100 industries we've killed, things we've ruined or concepts we've destroyed.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

This month, Odyssey brings about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community.

9374
Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

It's no secret that even in 2018 our country still struggles with discrimination of all kinds. Society labels individuals by the color of their skin, heritage, religion, sexuality, gender, size, and political beliefs. You are either privileged or you're not. However, here's the thing, anxiety doesn't care about your privilege. Anxiety doesn't discriminate.

Keep Reading... Show less
College Boy Charm is Real and it's Very Sexy
Disney

After surviving a year of college and watching "Clueless" countless times, I've come to the conclusion that college boy charm is very much a real thing and it's very very attractive. It's easiest explained through Paul Rudd's character, Josh, in "Clueless". The boy who has a grip on his life and is totally charming. In this article, I will list the qualities of a specimen with College Boy Charm, to help you identify him at your next party or other social events.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

As Tik-Tokers rise to fame, do their 'copy-cat' dances deserve the clout?

6883
Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?
https://pixabay.com/photos/tiktok-social-media-app-tik-tok-5323007/

Oh, the wonders of social media. Trends come and go just as quick as a story on Instagram, everyone posting for their shot at fifteen minutes of fame, and the ever growing following of a new type of celebrity- social media influencers and content creators. Everyone who owns a smartphone probably has Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and now Tik-Tok, as it's growing to be a major social media platform for teenagers and young adults. Tik Tok became popular in the United States in late 2019 and since then has grown a considerable amount. Personally, I was one to make fun of Tik-Tok and say it was a dumb app like Musical.ly or Triller, and now months later, I spend more time on it than I do on Instagram.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments