I love to bargain, but I’ve never tried my bargaining skills in a different language. I wanted to see if A) I can dig up anything cute to take home as a souvenir and B) if I could get it cheap with the power of my awesome Spanish wielding tongue.
We explored around El Encants, the largest open air flea market in Barcelona. You will find vendors selling just about anything. Don’t be shy with the vendors, most are friendly and willing to bargain with you. With my crappy Spanish, I managed to take home two adorable alarm clocks and a set of keys I couldn’t refuse. He kept lowering the price and finally just stuck them in my hand. I was so tickled by his determination that I ended up buying them. Most people don’t speak English, but you can manage with the basic Spanish phrases below.
Hola or Perdon (Hi or Pardon)
Cuanto cuesta? (How much does this cost?)
Gracias or No Gracias (Thank you or No Thank You)
* It would be helpful if you know how to say one to a hundred in Spanish as well.
El Encants is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9AM to 5PM.