Today I went to Las Ramblas in Barcelona in order to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever (my departure to South America is in only 26 days!). And I was surprised to see so many tourists in Barcelona. As I don’t have much time to write a post on my last travels, I wanted to share it with you and make you having some fun.
I’ll give you 10 tips to recognize tourists in Barcelona:
1. They walk very slowly (really annoying where you are in a hurry)
2. They wear fluorescent clothes (really impactful – must be fashionable in other countries)
3. They have white skin (maybe because the weather was really bad this year in the rest of Europe, but almost 90% of tourists are really pale!)
4. They protect themselves with a sunshade (well, those ones are Asiatics and you can recognize that they are tourists via other signs!)
5. They don’t keep an eye on their backpacks in Las Ramblas (big mistake, I have seen so many people who got stolen in Barcelona)
6. They walk looking at their map (and once more not at their bag)
7. They speak everything but Spanish (I’m so ashamed to be French when I see my fellow country-men speaking in French everywhere – at least try to say “Hola”)
8. They eat ice cream (must be because it’s too hot for them!)
9. They are all concentrated in the same streets (really, you go to one street far from Las Ramblas and you won’t see any!)
10. You can see them from even farer at night (they get red – because of the sun or the alcohol?!!).
Conclusion, I realised that when you live in some place you can identify a tourist from far away, and when you don’t want to get stolen, you prefer to be discrete. So, as I’m going for 6 months in South America and I want to wear some expensive photographic material, I should try to avoid all those 10 points that make tourists so recognizable. Most important is the clothes you wear and the language you speak. Also try not to look like lost in the city, even if you are!