Personal ImpressionsThe "Personal Impressions" section is a collection of thoughts and personal experiences.
Taken in Barcelona
and warned again by the Lonely Planet Guide, the hotel
receptionist, and our buddy Hernan, we were on the alert for
pickpockets, petty thieves, and scams. Our valuables were locked
in the hotel room safe. Our daily cash was hidden in inner coat
pockets. We were wary of searching eyes on the street.
We expected to find trouble on the street. Not so. Beware of the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant on Ferran Street near the Barcelona Cathedral. Our bill came to a whopping PTS 10,500 (that's US$59!) for a mediocre meal in a "cheap" country. And why didn't we expect it? Hong Kong Waiter: "Only have Coke and Fanta for drink." Masami and Wes: "Then just water." Waiter: "OK. I can make you fresh squeezed orange juice too." Masami and Wes: "2 please." And so it went with the drinks and food not listed on the menu. Whereas the items on the menu were a reasonable PTS 500-1500 per plate, we got seriously taken for our "special" service.
Spanish Time Difference
|Spain is in the same time zone as France, Germany, Italy, and much of the rest of Western Europe, that is, according to the clock. The Spaniards, however, have is different idea about time. Our best assessment is that Spain, in reality, is 3 hours behind. Restaurants start opening for lunch at 14:00. Most people start eating dinner between 22:00-22:30. It took several days for our stomachs to adjust.|
Spain Takes the Prize
takes the prize in a number of categories:
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