There are many common courtesies the world over which should be, but as of yet are not common knowledge among humanity. These include such items as step right on the escalator, have your ticket and money ready when you come to a highway toll, and of course, don’t run naked through city neighborhoods like a stupid asshole.
What apparently no longer needs to be part of this list are the Barcelona Airport gems of, don’t try to smash on to the T1-T2 Shitbridge Shuttle when other passengers get off and don’t try to smash on to the airport train when other passengers get off. The glorious bus that adds 10 minutes and the sweat of dragging your luggage on an off of it between Terminal 1 (where almost all planes arrive) and Terminal 2 (where the airport train arrives) has finally received a small barricade with a person there to instruct people to not try and force their way on to the bus in the area where everyone is getting off. This would seem to be simple to understand yet the fellow at T1 charged with this task still has to tell people to go to the other area to get on the bus over there. Overall, it’s become a slightly more civilized transaction while we wait for the Airport metro to connect T1, T2, and the center that dreamy day when the L2 finally arrives in 2015, which in 2015 will probably be 2016.
Until then we have to take the train (no, not the taxi) to the center. This has proved to be completely beyond the understanding of most who arrive in Barcelona as it arrives at 27 and 57 past the hour and departs at 8 and 28 past the hour giving a full 11 minutes after arrival to board it. Despite this, the scads of suitcase-armed visitors waiting on the platform will try to smash their way on to the train the minute the doors open while everyone else equally en-suitcased is trying to get off. The result of this often creates a logjam at the front of the platform wherein no one can pass and people have probably been injured. I assume the latter as to deal with this, Renfe has put a crowd control guy there and a barrier partially along the front of the train to to relieve some of the boarding congestion.
Thankfully as shown with these few handy barricades and people telling visitors how simple physics works, processes have been sped up significantly. Barcelona’s pickpocket problem however remains fully unabated and waiting for you.