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21 Jan 2007: Barcelona

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Barcelona Down

Apart from being so crowded to be short of oxygen during the rush hours, the Barcelona metro is great (interactive map available, Flash required).

Clean. On time. Wide. Countdown in seconds to next train. Some platforms have television screens to watch. Some trains have indicators telling which side will be opening at the next station. Electronic maps on certain lines that indicate your position on the metro line, like I saw in Tokyo. Single price for any destination minimises ticket hassles; also means that you do not need to reach for a ticket when leaving a station.

Although I was a bit perturbed by the handles on some of the train doors. I did not look like a local as I fiddled with them, trying to work out which direction to rotate them to slide the doors open.