If you have never been to Barcelona before, or if you have never traveled in general, then there are some things you should keep in mind and consider before you leave home to travel to a (big) city that you do not know. Other cultures, countries or people living in those countries can be very different to everything that you are used to. Here are some things you should keep in mind when you travel to Barcelona
Beware of tap-water
People usually adjust to the circumstances in their countries. For example, it can be that you become very sick if you eat from one of the food stands they have on the streets in Indonesia, while the locals can eat it every day because their stomach and body already adjusted to it. If you are from a country where you can drink water from the tap, then you will probably not like the water from the tap here in Barcelona. You should not worry though! There are tons of little stores and supermarkets on every corner of every street where you can buy bottled water, from 0.5L to 8L, every size you could want. The bottled water is very cheap as well, a 1.5L bottle of water usually does not cost you more than €1 (depending on where you buy it, the small stores are in general a little bit more expensive than the supermarkets).
Enjoy the famous Spanish Tapas
Spain is known for their delicious tapas! These different tapas exist in all sorts and sizes, from typical Spanish fried fish, to potatoes with a spicy sauce (patatas bravas). This can be a new concept for those who are used to eating one plate of food, since one order of tapas will usually not fill up your stomach just as a regular ‘dinner’ would. Therefore, you are supposed to get a couple of different orders of tapas, which you can share. Beware, in Spain it is common to use a lot of oil when cooking, and since the food is so amazing it is hard to be on a diet here!
Keep your eyes open for Pickpockets
Barcelona is a big, touristic city, and everybody is aware of this fact. This means that there are also a lot of opportunities for pickpockets. Therefore, if you are in Barcelona you have to keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Especially La Rambla is a very popular place for pickpockets to operate. Also, when you are having a drink at an outside terrace, make sure to put your phone away instead of leaving it on the table. There are many tricks here that people with bad intentions know about, and they will steal your phone before you know it.