Barcelona was the first Spanish country that the sister and I set foot at to begin our European adventure. Having heard of numerous pickpocket stories, I was extremely cautious with my belongings and surroundings to the point whereby it probably tipped over the point of paranoid.
To be fair, I do carry with a bulky bag filled with 2 cameras, one camera lens, my wallet and travel itinerary plans. Doesn't sound like a lot but trust me, a day of lugging it around would give you sore shoulders.
On the flip side, Barcelona did turn out to be crowded, as expected, but there is something about this Catalonia city that is alluring - could it be the Gaudi inspired architectures or the lively night fiestas or even the idea of tapas with a good drink on hand?