Moving to Barcelona

 

I am in Love with Barcelona

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Barcelona twice in the past 4 years, coincidentally it always happened in the summer! Considering myself a tourist, I did what any other visitor likes to do, I toured distinguished touristic sites such as La Sagrada Familia, place d’Espagne, Arc de Triomphe you get my drift. Continue reading

Harassed by a Spaniard

“The new girl in town – Wo-oo,wo-oo,wo-oo,wo-oo” This hairspray song is not entirely the metaphor to this story, but the part about me being new in town is real.
This was my second week in Barcelona, I had rushed out of uni, to catch the train, I didn’t have my camera that day, so I had no valid reason to stick around town any longer. I made my way back home, hopped in the yellow line (L4) to Passeig De Gracia, I was 15 minutes early to my train’s arrival. I was listening to PARTYNEXTDOOR and navigating through Instagram or Snapchat either of the two.

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Transport in Barcelona

Like any other city, the Spaniard metropolitan city of Barcelona has its own flaws and it lies within the public transport; a system I still cannot fully understand. You’ll understand why many teenagers and some adults steal the train. There are no jobs yet the means of transport are incredibly expensive.

When I first spotted a few teenagers and adults steal the train and climbing the train’s station fences to get out and avoid any encounters with ticket inspectors, I wondered why some would go to such lengths. But then you realise that the economy isn’t in great shapes and it forces certain people to make decisions that may not be approved by everyone.

Having lived in the global city of London and the metropolitan city of Lyon, France. I honestly find Barcelona’s pricing tickets to be quite expensive. In London, there’s capping system, once a traveller has reached a certain amount of money he can keep travelling throughout the day without being charged, it is sometimes cheaper that day travelcards, depending on your itinerary.

In the city of Lyon, each ticket bought has a validity of two hours and can be used for trams, bus and metro.  Things are quite unusual in Barcelona, a ticket is only valid for one travel. No time limit. A single train ticket cost €4, and the metro is €2 I believe.

Not to mention that while countless cities have adopted a card system, a technique proven to be adequate for people. Barcelona remains in its retro days of paper consumption. No matter what type of subscription you opt for, it’ll always be delivered in a paper format.

Imagine my surprise when I opted for a three-month subscription and was then handed a ticket. I was shocked, speechless and worried. Worried because I didn’t believe the airhead that I am would ever keep a paper ticket for three months, without crumpling or losing it. It seemed impossible at the time, but here I am three weeks in and… well, it looks alright, but I am not optimistic about its physical state for the upcoming months.In addition to the worrisome survival of my ticket, I couldn’t identify myself as the owner of that ticket, there are no proofs that I bought that ticket or who it should be returned to if it were ever lost or found.

In addition to the worrisome survival of my ticket, I couldn’t identify myself as the owner of my ticket, there are no proofs that I purchased it nor who it should be returned to if it were ever lost or found. Your name doesn’t appear on the ticket, therefore you lose it you’re pretty much screwed.  As much as I like to have faith in the human kind, I don’t believe many people would ever return a three-month travel card.

By the way, the three-month subscription is €199 and is relatively cheaper than any other subscriptions available, you save more in the long run. I guess that’s the only appealing thing about the transport system of Barcelona.

 

Thank you for reading, I’ll keep experimenting and writing !