Barcelona is no longer a bargain.
I read this statement in a travel guide, about the restaurants in Barcelona. This is true. If you go out for a sit-down meal, especially if typically it involves some seafood or paella at a Barceloneta outdoor restaurant, which appears to be not so up-scale, chances are, you two will spend around 50 euros at least.
Luckily (or unluckily), I'm not so into seafood and paella, or any "good" food usually served at restaurants. I mostly eat Asian food and no seafood, no red meat. That leaves me the best bet to have a good meal in Barcelona from the Middle East cuisine.(since it is not very common to find East Asian food).
I like the several pita inns, turkish, and Pakistani restaurants in la rambla. The chicken wrap is the best--it is healthy with chicken and many kinds of veggies, but also quite delicious and quite fulfilling. I usually get hungry fast--but this small wrap keeps me full for a long time(than a pita wrap in the US, say).
Tapas are also excellent food, in which you can taste the thousands of years of history that was mixed into the delicate seasoning and texture and flavors of these octopus, croquets, and jamons. But the thing is it feels weird to go for tapas on my own, so I only go with friends.
I hear much worse things about thefts in Barcelona and Paris. But they are not entirely untrue.
Once I just got off the metro, and was on an escalator in Barcelona. I felt someone was touching my backpack so I kind of moved it around a bit. There was a wild looking woman behind me (but not apparently a thief). Later I found out that my backpack was unzipped for the most part. But nothing was stolen. Because I alerted her that I was paying attention.
When I was in Paris once I got on a train, and several people to my left were making some strange moves as if it was too crowded than it actually was. Suddenly a man on my right was also blocking me from moving, and I found that my bag was half unzipped. I felt the man was digging in my right pocket of my pants. I immediately slammed my pocket and a plastic bag in his hand went flying. I did nothing and he got off.
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