7 Reasons You’re (Obviously) a Spaniard

You’re never late because no one’s “on time”

You have a “very relaxed sense of time,” and it’s totally fine. Punctuality isn’t high on the priority list. Lateness isn’t considered rude.

You eat “late”

According to people in other parts of the world, you eat “too late.” Spaniards, on the other hand, think they eat too early. Late-evening meals are the norm across Spain, where 9 pm is considered an early dinner. Between 10 and 11 pm is just about right. You’re also not in a rush. While it’s a common thing for Americans to eat on-the-go and just about anywhere, it’s a big no-no in Spain. Savor your meals. After all, you’ve got all the time in the world. (Learn more about dining etiquette in Spain.)

You don’t need alone time

Spaniards are people people. It’s rare to see someone eating alone or doing anything alone. Everything is a reason to be social. Meals with friends and family followed by la sobremesa (those hours after a meal when you talk and talk) are the best of times.

You’re a “close-talker”

The personal space gap is much closer in Spain than in places like the US and UK. And when you get to know someone, even that gap gets smaller. Back in the 90s there was a gag on the TV show “Seinfeld” about a guy who was a “close-talker.” The character wasn’t a Spaniard, but he could’ve been!

Carbs be damned! You’re eating bread!

You eat bread with every meal. Every meal. No one even carb-shames you! Eat it with olive oil (no butter) then use it to capture the last of the sauces on your plate. Yummm.

You never watch your language

Swearing and rude words are just part of the language of Spain! Children do it, old people do it, everybody does it. No one’s ever told to wash their mouths out with soap for saying joder or anything else others may consider lude. Learn more curse words to fit right in.

 

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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