Lessons Leartn from Spain

Patience: Whether you are ordering food in a restaurant, buying in a DIY store or waiting for a bus, patience is the key in Spain. You will get used to hearing the word “mañana” (tomorrow), although this usually means that they will get around to it, don´t count on it actually happening tomorrow. Spanish life style is a lot more relaxed, very few people rush to get anywhere and it is common to arrive 10 minutes late to an appointment or date. This can get frustrating when you are an “on-time” person, but living in Spain you too will become late but I won´t matter because everyone else is too! One thing you will defiantly learn living in Spain is to have patience.

Mediterranean diet: As it is known the Mediterranean diet is one of the best. There are many street markets in the towns of Spain. These markets cater for a wide range of goods and articles, some offer antiques, whilst many offer fresh fruit and vegetables locally produced. Spanish markets offer are cheap, quality products, 9 times out of 10 the freshest food you can find. This way you learn to cook and eat better food, different types of vegetables and different ways of using them. Therefore, when eating out, the restaurants can offer better quality and fresh food at a very good price. Eating out in Spain, is something you will be able to do often.

Drink: In Spain, meeting for coffee, doesn´t necessarily mean you will be drinking coffee. You will always find the Spanish men of the elder generation at the local bar with their morning brandy, to kick start the day of course. Families and friends often meet for “coffee” in the afternoon, which usually end up as tapas and wine. Take note; be careful on a night out as the spirit measures are more than double what they are in the UK… and usually half the price!

Language: Try to learn the language, most people will appreciate that you are making the effort. Sign up to Spanish lessons and mix with the Spanish culture during the first year of living in Spain is the best way. The more you put it off, the harder it will become. Don´t take offence to bad language or shouting, as this is very normal on a day to day basis in Spain, it doesn’t necessarily mean someone is having an argument or angry.

Outgoing lifestyle: You will learn to love the outdoors. Day or night, the Spanish weather allows you to become more outgoing. Especially during the summer months…why wait for the weekend to embrace and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle? The days are longer and the nights are later, so don´t be surprised to see kids out playing at midnight on a school night!

Family orientated: The Spanish may be loud and usually late, but they are very family orientated. Most annual events and traditions are based around the family coming together. Any excuse to celebrate and get the whole family together for a big meal. You will warm to them instantly and their close family culture.

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