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Insider tips and facts about Barcelona - For the adventurous tourist

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That's right! Here are those oh-so-useful local facts that no one
remember to tell you before you left...Everything from local culture, to
tips and helpful, if useless, knowledge. Enjoy!


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Siesta

Oh yes, that lovely time of day. Empty streets, full restaurants. Don't
expect shops to be open between 2pm and 5pm (some only close between 2pm
and 4pm). However, we do feel the urge to demistify this urban legend:
not everyone goes have a 3 hour nap in the middle of the afternoon. Long
lunches accompanied by wine and followed by neverending cafe solos are
usually taken place during this mid-afternoon break. "Mañana, mañana". If
you live here, you know what it means. We love it.

Travelling About Town

Taxis are cheap. Flabbergastingly cheap. If you don't know what
"flabbergastingly" means... look it up. But know that taxis are very
cheap. Especially when shared with 3 other people. But don't expect to
find available taxis on a Friday or Saturday night - they are impossible!
Queues in Pl. Catalunya can range from 15 minutes to 2 hours on a Friday
or Saturday night..

Buses are easy to use and get around. Nightbuses don't run that
frequently though. Getting the bus from the airport to Pl. Catalunya
costs 3.65 euros and the average journey time is about 25 minutes.

The metro stations are HOT! In the summer, they are boiling hot. Girls
should walk around in their bikini tops - that should be made a rule. But
the metro itself has air conditioning and is usually on time. And
everything is pretty much within half an hour reach. A 3 month pass for
under-21 year olds costs 100 euros, which is excellent. And the pass
works for bus and metro. For over 21 year olds it is 112 euros, so there
is not much of a difference. Overall, it is cheap, reliable and hot.
Boiling hot. And that's all I have to say about that.

Botellon
Beers have average bar price of 2 euros. Cubattas shoot up to over 5
euros. Sorta expensive... So, what's the alternative then? Head down to
your local Champion, Dia or SuperSol and find the cheapest bottle in
stock. You can easily make a 1.5L bottle of Cuba Libre (whisky-coke) for
under 3 euros. Any plaza should be the perfect setting. Have a couple of
bottles, mingle with the locals and the night is set... Note: Doing the
botellon is illegal (no drinking in the streets) in Barcelona. Watch out
for those Mossos - You have been warned!

The Ping-Pong Table

Random fact. There are dozens of ping-pong tables around the city of
Barcelona, most of which are located near playgrounds in residential
areas. And there is a great vibe going on at these spots. If you know how
to play this amazing, exhausting, uber-competitive Olympic sport then
stop and ask those at the table if you can have a match. 'Ping-Pongers'
tend to be a nice group of welcoming people that like to share
'chocolate' and beer. You know what I mean. Watch out for windy days.

Part-time Jobs

Relatively easy to find them if you are a Spanish speaker. Even better if
you also speak Catalan.If not, look in loquo.com or english pubs around
the Ramblas. Don't expect to be paid a lot though. A normal 4 hour\day
part-time job will pay you about 300 euros per month (obviously, it also
depends on your job). In other words, Spain is not the richest country in
the world and hence you don't get paid so well as you do in other
European countries. But then again, where else can you find sun, fiesta
and sangria like you do in Barcelona....?

The Prostitutes


They are out there! In the heart of Barcelona, flooding the Ramblas (and
not only) after 2am, totally transforming Barcelona from day to night. If
you are a group of guys walking through the Ramblas, it is guaranteed
that at least one of them will grab you and ask, very blatantly, if you
want sex. Our advice: Run. The most likely thing is that they will go for
your pocket to try andsteal your wallet or mobile. Or they will take you
somewhere dodgy and steal from you there. Either way, don't do it. You
will look like nothing but a 50-year old frustrated English businessman,
and people will make fun of you. I know I will!!

The Street Beer Sellers

There are dozens of Pakistani/Indian beer sellers around Bairro Gotico,
Raval and the Ramblas. Remember: They are your friends, not your enemies.
There is no reason to be afraid of the,. I have yet to hear a story of
anyone getting robbed by a beer seller. They sell beers for 1 euro each
and 5 euros for a pack of 6. If you know how to talk to them, youll be
able to bargain it down to 70cents a beer. They swear they are not part
of a mafia. Yet they share beers and change constantly. The truth is out
there...
Cigarettes And Tobacco

Since the first day of 2006, an "anti-smoking law" has been put in place
by the Government. However, it doesn't obligate any establishment to ban
smoking. Instead, it gives them the option to choose whether they want to
ban smoking or not and notify the public with a banner outside the
establishment. Needless to say, you can smoke pretty much everywhere.
Ciggarettes are cheaper in specialised tobacco shops ("Tabacs"). The only
other place to buy cigarettes are from machines in bars and certain
kiosks.

				
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