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ABarcelona: A month in Barcelona
Barcelona is the perfect choice for a month in Spain! As to your questions: -Stay away from the “center” (which is called El Barri Gòtic) but not too far so you can walk to the best places which are mostly there. Look...
AMaracaibo: Traveling Venezuela overland in May/June, is it safe enough?
You'll be relatively safe as long as you travel during daytime hours, but never carry high amounts of money with you, you'll find ATM's in most towns and is better to have local money. Don't flash your dollars! Also, don't wear any jewelry or expensive...