I’ll be spending 4 days by myself in Barcelona after a week of business trip near Valencia. I will take a train from Valencia to Barcelona. After reading many posts on this forum for weeks, I’m starting to feel somewhat uneasy with the safety issues in this famous city. The fact that this forum has a dedicated safety thread already tells me something.
I usually feel pretty comfortable walking around alone in a new city when I don’t carry any stuff with me. I can guard against pick pocketing, but I’m not sure about protecting myself from being robbed by a gang. I feel somewhat vulnerable when my hands are tied with luggage’s (a laptop shoulder bag and a carried on rolling bag).
1) I’ll arrive at the Barcelona-Sants train station. How long does it take from where I would get off the train to walk to the street level where I can get on a bus/metro/taxi? From what I’ve interpreted on this forum, this walk can be usually where a lot of pick pocketing occur. Right?
3) I read about pick pocketing on the street, in subway stations, and crowded area. What about the hotel maids who come into your room to clean your bed daily? Are they trustable? I can put my wallet and passport in the room safe, but I can not do that with my laptop. I just read the review of my hotel that a poster got his bag and laptop stolen while checking in. What the F!
4) When I’m on a solo trip, I often ask strangers to use my camera to take pictures of me whenever I feel like to be in the picture. I wonder if that is a dumb thing to do in Barcelona because, if those strangers happen to be the wrong kind of people, they can easily walk away with my camera without doing anything. No?
5) I intend to purchase my round trip tickets on the Renfe website after reading the instructions from the article provided here. What I’m unclear is that if I buy a ticket for 11:00AM and decide to go couple hours earlier or later on another train, would I be able to do that? Would the ticket still be valid? The ticket is not good for a day. Isn’t it?