As we look over Barcelona from our perch in RiBCN towers, we see a thousand people, a thousand buildings and a city in action.
We think of the wonders we could unleash if we were able to harness the energy of the people below, the business therein, the connections thereof, the energy inherent.
But a truth keeps coming back. It’s hard for those who may earn their pay cheque from promoting this city to engage in informing others about its dark side.
On more than one occasion we’ve gone to publications and asked them to collaborate with us, only to be told that whilst they support our movement they couldn’t possibly publish an article about it, because they rely on a steady stream of innocent tourists for their very survival.
And so, it’s with some relief that we encounter a publication that had the gumption to actually put fingertip to keyboard and pump out a few thousand words about our shared difficulty. Ladies and gentlemen: SuiteLife, the Barcelona Bible Blog.
With examples of victimhood in Barcelona commencing with “One night after work, our friend Carlos was riding the metro home…” and “Our friend Christiano was sitting at a café terrace, in central Barcelona, with his Apple Mac on the table…” the tales make compelling reading.
Additionally there’s a tale that we have never encountered before, regarding the targeting of single men walking home alone by prostitutes on Las Ramblas (this bit is common, of course)… but the next bit was new to us… apparently, a new ploy is to steal the victim’s keys, follow him home and watch him fumbling around looking for said keys, until he decides to retrace his steps, or go and sleep in a friend’s house. At which point the prostitute alerts her friends and within the next five to ten minutes they rob everything of value from his apartment.
Their article is entitled “Five True Stories to Help you Recognise and Avoid Pickpockets in Barcelona”, which is a noble intention, so if you want to read more, click here.