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September 2, 2013

Most “strange” Spanish habits for foreigners

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Coming on holiday to Spain, foreign tourists are facing, different from theirs, habits and lifestyle of Spanish citizens. What are, according to the tourists, the most “strange” habits of the Spanish people?

Here are some of them: the schedule of the Spanish shops, have lunch or dinner with “tapas” – Spanish appetizers, go to a bullfight and an afternoon sleeping, “siesta”.

Spanish Schedule: in general, almost all the Spanish do later than the average European. They wake up early, but go to bed much later. Spanish streets are usually full of people until late in the evening and even overnight. Schedule of shops and bars are also much longer than in other European countries. In addition, the schedule of lunch or dinner in Spain is usually 2-3 hours later than in northern European countries.

Spanish appetizers “tapas”: Go out to a bar or restaurant and eat “tapas”, the Spanish snacks – is a typical domestic tradition of local citizens. Also, the Spanish people did not stop at one bar or restaurant, and for the evening can go from one to another, and then to a third bar. Often such dinner is held standing on foot all the time. By a glass of wine or a beer and by talking, the evening flies… Sometimes for foreign tourists it is difficult to adapt to this typical Spanish tradition.

Mediterranean Diet: The Spanish olive oil is used everywhere and at all meals. Foreigners also are surprised with the amount of fish and seafood and fresh fruit eaten by Spanish people. Such a dish is like a melon with jamon, the combination of incongruous things, results for foreign tourists in a culinary shock, but once you try this dish, it becomes clear its high popularity among the Spanish.

The Spanish greeting: The greeting in Spain is made with two kisses, even if you see this person for the first time. In other European countries, as a rule, the tradition of welcoming is much cooler. Also, again, kiss a stranger on the cheek twice, even if you had been together for only 5 minutes, it seems rather strange to many Europeans.

Afternoon sleeping “Siesta”: Siesta is for the Spanish people the real “sacred” tradition. These 20-minute afternoon sleeping is becoming increasingly popular among foreigners. After all, it is proved scientifically, that a short pause after lunch improves health and blood circulation, also prevents stress and tension.

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