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Scams in Barcelona

January 19, 2009


Scamming in Barcelona, the Three Most Popular

For those of you out there who have ever been robbed, scammed or pick pocketed, you know what a horrible, humiliating and blood boiling thing it can be. There are so many of us that take care of our items as best we can but somehow, we still seem to be on the receiving end of pick pockets and scammers. For those of you who have never experienced the rage of being scammed, here’s a short guide to keep it that way and today I’m taking about scams in Barcelona. Staying away from the scamming areas are important, this means getting apartments in barcelona further away from Las Ramblas.

One of the biggest scams to watch out for is the “bird poo scam”. This nasty little scam involved the scammer dropping a foul smelling liquid that looks like bird poo onto your jacket normally from above (either whilst you’re on an escalator or walking down some steps). He then point this out to you in order to alert you to the fact a bird has pooed on your clothes and lo and behold, the scammer has a big bunch of tissues at the ready to hand you. Do not accept them! Whilst you are busy wiping yourself down he, or his mate will take that moment to rob you for all your worth, so don’t be surprised if your camera, wallet and iPod have gone by the time your done.

Another prolific scam in Barcelona is “the three cup” scam. Unfortunately this takes place on La Rambla all day long but it is not worth trying to alert tourists who are already playing because the scammers can turn nasty and you shouldn’t risk your personal safety in these situations. This scam involves the use of three cups and a small ball. Avoid at all costs. This game involves two or three scammers working together, as well as scammers watching out for the police.

Perhaps the worst scam, (in my opinion) is “the map scam”. This involves a group of tourists coming up to you in the street and asking for directions. They produce a map to show you roughly where they want to go and they hand it over to you, fully spread out. As you have a look at the map and try to show them where to go, some of them will either sneak behind you and open your bag, or put their hands in your bag underneath the map you are holding, so you have no idea that it’s going on. To avoid these types of scams, stay in apartments barcelona in secure districts such as Sant Antoni.


Vintage Clothes in Barcelona

October 13, 2008

Are you desperately trying to search for some cool vintage clothing in Barcelona? I’ve been living in this fantastic city since June, and I must admit, although I’ve wanted to, I haven’t done much exploring of the city’s second hand and vintage clothes, simply because there is so much to do… That is, until now. If you want to check out what Barcelona has on offer in the vintage section during your holiday, make sure you stay in the centre in a Barcelona hotel or Barcelona apartment.

To my joy and amazement, Barcelona is full of pretty little boutiques and funky, Aladdin’s cave-like vintage clothes and furniture shops, you’ve just got to know where to go and how to seek them out… I started off with a trip to Raval, Barcelona’s slightly dingy but cool part of town, where the coziest bars and friendliest restaurants can be found, not to mention the millions of beer sellers who line the streets shouting; “sexy beer” “cold beer”. Raval was stocked with little vintage clothes shops, as well as second hand shops which are my favourite.

Amongst these I found the shops with the most variety to be Gallery on Carrer Torrent d’Olla and Lailo on Riera Baixa – this shop was amazing, not only because it sells clothes from as far back as the 1900’s, but because the jewelry it sells there is truly beautiful. Retro City – a shop that can be found in Gracia and Raval is a good place if you are looking for one off pieces in order that no one can steal your look, and Le Swing near Pintor Fortuny focuses on clothes from the forties Fifties and Eighties.

As well as this, there are many chains of second hand/vintage shops in Barcelona, although one off shops outside the Gracia or Raval area are few and far between. One of these; Moda Amiga, works in conjunction with the Obra Social de Caixa de Catalunya and is special in that like a charity shop, it sells people’s unwanted items but you deposit your unwanted items in bright orange bins which are then sorted out and many will end up in the Moda Amiga shop. The shop in Carrer Sant Salvador in Gracia caught my eye as it is a lovely shop that immediately invites you in due to the bright colours and exciting display in the shop itself. The prices here are quite high, many of the unwanted clothes are designer and the look of the shop is definitely retro, but you’ve got to bear in mind that this shop is a job creation scheme. Cheaper versions of this shop such as the one in Cornellà or Mollins de Rei will not sell designer or retro gear.

So, now you’ve got your vintage clothes sorted, go book your accommodation in Barcelona!