Barcelona Street Art30 July, 2019
Fiesta Mayor de Gracia8 August, 2019
I can’t believe my summer in this beautiful city is coming to an end! The beauty of this city is unlike any other. I’ve learned so much about this city as well as myself during my time here. I also wanted to give some final tips to anyone thinking about coming here (which you obviously should); just some things I wish I knew about the city and about travelling in general…
Claudia’s Final Tips
- DO NOT bring your real passport anywhere. Pick-pockets are always on the lookout for passports, so keep it in a safe place wherever you are staying. If you need it for anything, make a photo copy and use that.
- DO research on places you want to visit. It’ll make your life so much easier to have a plan when you get here instead of wasting time.
- DO NOT be afraid to try new things. I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone this summer, so I really didn’t say no to a whole lot. 3 hour hike? Yes! Shrimp with the heads still attached? Yes! It’s so important to test our limits because that’s how we grow.
- DO research on the country’s language. I was familiar with Spanish before coming to Barcelona, but I really wish I researched Catalan as well. It really would have made everything so much easier! *SIDENOTE* Locals will really appreciate the effort if you try and speak to them in their native language. It’s just polite and another great way to learn more!
- DO NOT eat at tourist-trap restaurants. Las Ramblas and many places along the beach are designed for tourists and really won’t give you an authentic experience. Take the time to look up local stores and restaurants, I promise you it will be worth it.
- DO purchase a handheld fan. I cannot stress this enough if you are visiting during the summer months! Barcelona gets humid very quickly and several places do not use air conditioning. You’ll definitely thank yourself later.
- DO NOT tip at restaurants. In Barcelona, tipping your waiters or waitresses is not a common thing. It’s a part of the culture I wish I knew about before coming here. I’ve tried to tip several waiters who just end up looking at me, confused. *SIDENOTE* Several restaurants do not split checks! So, keep that in mind if you’re dining with a big group.
- DO understand the siesta culture. Siesta is typically from 1pm – 4pm and is kind of like resting time. Generally family run businesses and stores will close at this time. So, maybe get a nice nap in?!
- DO NOT eat dinner before 8 pm. I know, I know this one might be a little hard. But, it’s custom in Barcelona to eat dinner around 8 pm – 10 pm. Many restaurants or bars don’t start serving food until then, so just make sure you’re aware of that!
- DO try paella and patatas bravas. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish that I tried when I first got here and it’s just one of those things you have to do while you’re here! And patatas bravas are my absolute favorite tapas dish.
- DO NOT forget to buy a small souvenir to remind you of the trip. Something as little as a postcard goes a long way! Or even a locally crafted item! That way you’re also giving back to the locally economy!
- DO keep an open mind and have the best trip. It’s impossible to not have a good time in Barcelona, but these tips will just make life a little easier!
Thanks for keeping up with me this summer! I know I’ll be back but until then…