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Racism in Spain?
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I took a Contiki trip to Spain a while back and there was a mix of ethnicities and races on my trip. No one seemed to have any problems that I know of. If anything they’ll have more of a problem with the “American” than the “Asian” part. <!--graemlin::)--> Overall it wasn’t the most friendly place I’ve been to, but as long as you’re not obnoxious and rude to them, you’ll be fine and have a blast.
Yeah, I’d have to agree with evalco on the American part of their post. We were waiting to catch a bus near the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, and not knowing the system, we were apparently standing in the wrong spot. When we tried to board the bus some little old Spanish ladies started yelling at us, saying some not very nice things I understood in my limited knowledge of the language, but the “Americanos” was easy to figure out. Of course I was annoyed being Canadian, but whatever. That being said, it was an isolated incident and I found most of the other people to be very nice.
My advice, learn a little Spanish. An hola, buenos dias, and/or muchas gracias goes a long way! They really do appreciate it, and that can be said the whole world over!
Thanks for your input!! That makes me feel more at ease <!--graemlin::)--> I actually speak Spanish fluently, but thanks for the advice!
Well there you go! You’re as good as gold!
Have a great trip.
I’m from Spain.
Spain is probably one of the most racist country in Western Europe. So, be careful.
Don’t mistake me, you’re not going to get beat up on the streets, but people won’t be extremly friendly or even nice to you. Wheter you speak spanish or not. Be specially careful of 40-50 year old men. Probably the most racist people. Your best chances of getting a nice smile is to ask woman around 20-30 years old. They are usually the nicests. And, as you say, you can speak spanish, if you’re completly lost, try 70 year old guys, they usually know almost everything about adresses.
Racism is worst in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona. In Ibiza or Seville you won’t have any problem.
Asian are not often overlooked, americans are seen as dumb and easy to be ripped off
Also, you should be careful about fake policemen, usually south americans identify, with a false badge, as police and take your purse away. This kind of rip off is usually tried on asians, so be careful. Always ask the number of the badge, and also…a badge MUST be with a identification card that contains a photo and other data of the policeman. If it doesn’t contain that ID it’s fake.
My general advise, don’t look too much as a tourist. Hats, sandals, socks and a short is not usually a pretty good idea.
I want to go to Spain so bad and my tour might touch there. I’ll just have try to be quiet and non conspicuous, I suppose. I’m gonna get a few of my friends to teach me some more Spanish, so I’ll probably be okay.
I just came back from my Spanish Spree trip and had no problems at all, the ppl were very friendly… so for future travellers, don’t worry about a thing!
I’m African American as well and I’ve been to Spain on separate occasions and been through a great deal of the country; I loved every minute of it. I loved the lifestyle, culture, I found the people to very friendly and easy-going. This is not to say that another person might go and have an negative experience.
I can’t speak for Spain but when my cousin travelled to Italy with her best friend (who is asian) she said they encountered a lot of discrimination.
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