Last summer, my family and I were on a trip to Spain, visiting the area of Costa Brava, and some good friends who live there. We were there for almost 3 weeks, visiting the city of Barcelona, various museums, and the inland parts north along the coast, the Empuries (or Ampurias – in Spanish).
Visiting Spain for the first time, I didn’t know how people would react to my barefooting, and I didn’t know anything about what physical challenges I would encounter. That’s why I always brought my shoes in my backpack when going somewhere. The best part: Facing the unknown, new barefoot experiences.
We stayed one week at a family campground. Here I was barefoot all the time, no problem. This was a large area with lost of stairs, gravel, grass, and trees. There were a fair bit of pinecones on the ground and the paved areas. There were swimming pools, shops, bars and restaurants. No one from the staff or the other residents said anything about my bare feet, or talked about my “safety” in this area which was quite rough compared to an indoors facility, e.g. a museum or a shopping mall. It was a great experience!
The city and the smaller towns, going out
Barefooting on the streets was OK. People looked at my feet sometimes but I’m used to that. There was police on the streets, and some officers also noticed my bare feet, but no one said anything.
I didn’t have any problems at any of the places we visited, including restaurants and cafes, outdoor museum, a good number of shops, public washrooms, airports, and hotels. I’m very happy to say I had no problems anywhere. Even though, I don’t know for sure what people were really thinking about my barefooting, it seemed well accepted.