Monday, May 9, 2011

Little things to know about Spain before packing

In Incantato we would love you to enjoy every single step of your way. Here you have some info on little things you might want to know about Spain before getting on the plane. Maybe they help you to enjoy better!

We have this saying:
“1 just-in-case worths more than 100 if-I-had-knew

- It is customary to have always some kind of identification with a picture. You can use your passport or your driving license. It is good to have a photocopy of your passport done and kept elsewhere.
- In order to use a credit card, you will need to activate it and to get a pin number before coming: Let your bank know.
- American Express credit card is not accepted in many places.
- Any kind of Traveler Checks is not accepted, and if it is, it becomes very expensive
- Generally food and clothes are more expensive in Spain than in USA.
- It is forbidden to smoke in public places from January 2011. Many smokers are quitting these months!
- Please bring a photocopy of your prescriptions in case you need medication. This is a just-in-case! The active ingredient is good to know too, as we do not always have the same medicines (though mostly)
- Old town means cobblestoned hilly streets, pedestrian areas, steps... Happy feet help to have a happy tour. Please do bring comfy shoes.
- Flip-flops are for sure not comfortable in our old towns, but they might be in the hotels. We do not go barefoot around!
- Showing your knees / shoulders is forbidden in the churches. We will be entering churches almost daily – concerts, art, history... Please bring appropriate clothing. Knee long pants/skirts. Girls can use a scarf to cover their shoulders. Men are not supposed to use it.
- Laundry service in hotels is very expensive. Still we do not have Laundromats around (few at the students area in Madrid and Barcelona)
- We are having local elections (for Municipality Mayors and Region Presidents) on May 22nd!

Please if you have any specific question do not hesitate to contact us. There is so many little things that we could tell you! The best is that you will come to see them!
Hasta la vista!

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