The Unión Catalana de Agencias de Viajes Emisoras (UCAVE) issued a statement yesterday expressing its concern at the high level of thefts and muggings that have grown in recent years. (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). They have called for "tougher measures to regain the level of security it (the city) deserves." Robberies and small thefts have led to Barcelona gaining "a terrible reputation where these situations are common." The UCAV warns that "there is still many duties to be done in this direction".
Mexico City, Barcelona and Madrid are among the world's six favourite cities for eating, according to a list compiled by Forbes (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The study, based on a survey conducted last April of 10,000 people in 20 countries put Barcelona at fourth place. The magazine argues, even if you can not eat at the "gourmet paradise" that is El Bulli, "there is still much to eat, from seafood paella to escalivada... the cod salad and bread and tomato."
Yesterday saw the first day of the interruption of the metro L2 and it was met with confusion and chaos as the number of replacement buses provided to transport the passengers was deemed insufficient (article in Castilian, El Mundo). From the afternoon after a hastily adjusted plan more buses were provided on the route between stations Pau and the Pep Ventura. As of today, 21 buses will circulate during rush hour, (6.30am to 10.30am) and in the afternoon around 16 to 21 buses will be in service. It was thought that around 24,600 people were affected by the closure of the stations and the buses can only fit around 10 percent of the passengers. CiU's Josep Rull criticised the Government saying it was unable to provide "credible and effective" alternatives.
Also in the news: Around 8,000 gays and lesbians attended one of the most popular events at the week long Circuit Festival at the Isla Fantasía water park yesterday, a total of 300 more people than last year. Jose from Barcelona said, "this is a chance to show that being gay is not a disease as many still think" and says that Barcelona is still a "bit serious when faced with homosexuals in the street". (El Periodico)