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Barcelona do's and don'ts |  The Dos and Don'ts of Barcelona and traveling in Spain and beyond,    | do's and don'ts Barcelona

 

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The Do's and Don'ts of Barcelona and traveling in Spain and beyond,

 

"Dos"

 

Remember you are in some one else's country so show respect to the locals.

 

Look after your bags and personal belongings in the Rambla's, Barri Gòtic and around Plaça Reial areas as there are a lot of pick pockets in operation as well as Bag snatchers.

 

Date Validate your Ticket

 

Get your railpass stamped / validated" at the station, before you board your first train.

 

This means getting your ticket stamped either in one of the machines or by a station agent so the date and time appears on it.

 

Write in the date of Travel.

 

Remember to write in the date on your ticket on any Europass, Eurail Flexipass, or national pass.

 

This is important and is YOUR responsibility. If you have not done so when inspected by the ticket inspector,  you may receive a fine or have an extra day marked off your pass or worse still  have your pass confiscated and cancalled. All depends on the inspector weather they are in a good mood or not. And remember the more you complain the longer God lets you live.

 

Remember when on the beach do leave someone minding your belongings and never leave them unattended not even for a minute. If you're going to go swimming best to leave all valuables back in your apartment or hotel room.

 

Check schedule information before you go to your train.

 

It's a good idea to check train times before you head for the station, nothing worse than arriving in the station and seeing your train pull out all because you did not check the departure times or because to forgot you have to Q for tickets.

 

Well fear not all this information is now available online (Thank you Internet)  so you can check all your required information at HERE OR HERE , both sites in English and several other languages

 

If you intend on doing a lot of traveling by train while in Europe you might like to get yourself a copy of the Thomas Cook European Timetable, a book of all major train schedules across Europe.

 

Make sure that the seat you sit in is going where you think you are going!

 

Many European trains during a stop will divide into two. Be sure that the carriage you settle down to sit in it is actually going to your destination or you might end up in the somewhere else  and maybe even the wrong country! If you have reserved a seat make sure you find it and if someone else is sitting in it , show them your ticket with seat number and they will move , you will then be safe as the seat will automatically be reserved in a carriage going where you want to go.

 

"Don'ts"

 

Don't buy the Spanish Railpass.

 

The otherwise excellent Spanish railways have identified a way of subsidising local Spaniards. SCREW TOURISTS, Their railpass is a total rip-off.

 

Don't lose your passport or have it stolen or pick pocketed.

 

Walk around El Raval district on the west side of La Rambla alone late at night.

 

This can be a dodgy area after dark so do not go alone.

 

Urinate down alley ways, on trees or in door steps., find a toilet.

 

Use a bum bag while walking about in the main tourists areas, as are very easy to remove.

 

Snatchers know that we keep valuables in these  and know how easy they are to grab and run so they are target number one and have PLEASE ROB ME written all over them.

 

Play the Pea under the egg cup or Find the Lady shuffle scams.

 

Watch by all means until they tell you to basically F... Off.  BUT NEVER EVER PLAY EVEN IF YOU ARE 500% CERTAIN YOU KNOW WHERE THE LADY OR PEA IS AS YOU WILL LOOSE FOR SURE.  GREAT TO WATCH. SEE  STREET SCAMS HERE

 

Act like a tourist, do not consult maps in the street as you are labeling

 

yourself "TOURIST" and are asking to be robbed or pick pocketed.

 

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