Pickpocketing: Sadly, both Barcelona and Madrid figure in TripAdvisor's list of the 10 worst cities in the world for this, with the former grabbing the top slot. As they stress: Whether you're a tourist or a local, it's worth knowing how to keep your belongings safe. So, see here for their tips. As someone who had his laptop nicked in bag at his feet in Madrid, I recommend them. As would my daughter, who's twice had handbags taken from next to her feet in bars. In one case by a child crawling below the tables.
First Holy Communions: Despite the low level of religious observance here, these are still a big thing, more for social/cultural reasons than anything else, I suspect. Spring and early summer is the FHC season here, when ridiculously large sums are spent on outfits for the kids and on gift-rich parties for family and school friends, often in an obliging hotel or restaurant. Anyway, here's a foto of a young British boy at his own FHC, some years ago now. And here's an article from ThinkSpain on the subject.
Finally . . . Favourite Spanish Forenames: In 1930, these were:
- María Carmen
- María Dolores
- María Pilar
Favourite Spanish Pet names: These are: