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Maciamo
30-07-12, 10:44
After posting similar threads about Belgium (http://www.eupedia.com/belgium/you_have_been_in_belgium_too_long.shtml), France (http://www.eupedia.com/france/you_have_been_in_france_too_long.shtml), Italy (http://www.eupedia.com/italy/you_have_been_in_italy_too_long.shtml), Germany (http://www.eupedia.com/germany/you_have_been_in_germany_too_long.shtml), and Japan (http://www.wa-pedia.com/gaijin/you_have_been_in_japan_too_long_when.shtml), I am completing the series of non-English-speaking countries in which I have lived. I am planning to do Britain later.

Feel free to comment and add more lines about culture shock in Spain. :satisfied:


You know you've been in Spain too long when...

You have dinner at 10 pm and only start getting ready to go out at 11 pm. You never get back home until 3 am, and more often at dawn.
On some Sunday mornings you have breakfast before going to bed, not after you get up.
You plan your life around the siesta. No need to try to find something open between 2 and 5 pm !
You avoid taking the taxi because you know the driver will go in circles, and the longest way possible to your destination.
You expect to get cheated in restaurants and ask the local customers for the real price of their churros con chocolate, as it's not on the menu.
You wear your rucksack on backwards to protect it from pickpockets.
You stop asking locals for directions because you know they will point at any direction if they don't know.
You get into conversations with complete strangers all the time.
You look for El Corte Inglès department stores whenever you need so buy something.
You have forgotten the meaning of speed limit when driving your car.
You don't get nervous or offended when other drivers honk at you, and you actually do quite a bit a gratuitous tooting yourself.
You don't plan your activities too long in advance as you know unexpected events will turn up.
You walk to almost any place you have to go (or take the metro in Madrid and Barcelona).
You drink wine all the time and even put wine in your lemonade (or the other way round).
You automatically answer mañana when asked to do something.
You know that 'ahora' doesn’t really mean now.
You know men in their forties who still live with their mothers.
You're known as the guiri.
You eat jamón all the time and know the difference between Jamón Ibérico and Jamón serrano.
You cheek kiss (twice) anybody you know, even new acquaintances.
You forget to say 'please' and 'thanks', and answer requests by 'yes, but...'
You know you have to take the whole day off whenever you need to get some official paperwork.
You think it's fine to drink coffee in a glass.
You answer the phone by saying ¿Digame?
You dry all your clothes on a line outside your apartment.
You think it’s fine to comment on everyone's appearance, and to openly stare at strangers.

JFWR
31-07-12, 06:23
Spain sounds like a pretty awful place to live from that list! But I suppose it is at least adventuresome after a fashion.

I was going to make some clever, topical humour about their credit woes, but no reason to beat a dead horse.

Kardu
31-07-12, 17:13
Spain sounds like a pretty awful place to live from that list! But I suppose it is at least adventuresome after a fashion.
:):):) Have you ever lived in a foreign country?

JFWR
31-07-12, 17:16
:):):) Have you ever lived in a foreign country?

Not for any significant period, no. The most I've been abroad is a month or so.

Cimmerianbloke
31-07-12, 23:04
As a New-Yorker, you could probably make a similar list with California or redneck states. It's all about different lifestyles, and for having lived in Spain several years, I can only add they know how to live there...

Kardu
31-07-12, 23:27
and for having lived in Spain several years, I can only add they know how to live there...
Fully agree :)

traveldiva379
01-10-12, 15:49
This is great!

Ziober
11-12-12, 17:28
Me siento ofendido por este thread por difamación y calumnias a más de 40 millones de personas. Pido respetuosamente que se retire.

Maciamo
11-12-12, 18:18
Me siento ofendido por este thread por difamación y calumnias a más de 40 millones de personas. Pido respetuosamente que se retire.

Here comes another oversensitive Spaniard who gets offended if one doesn't speak all praise and glory of his country. FYI, most of the (humorous) situations described in the OP are completed supported by the depiction of Spanish culture and society in the pXenophobe's Guide to the Spanish (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Xenophobes-Guide-Spanish-Guides/dp/1906042489/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355242422&sr=8-1). If you look at Amazon's reviews, there is even a Spaniard who says everything in the book is completely true, and that is, in my opinion, far more critical that what I wrote.

Wilhelm
11-12-12, 21:21
Some of them are true, others are just stereotypes..but it's all for fun, no need to get serious about it.,

Ziober
12-12-12, 14:52
Este señor está llamando vagos y estafadores a todo un país. Este no es un foro humorístico, sino cultural. He contactado con otros usuarios españoles que coinciden conmigo en que en este sitio web existe animadversión hacia los españoles por parte de varios administradores del foro.

Knovas
12-12-12, 16:29
I agree with Wilhelm. Ziober, don't take it bad, but you're exaggerating. The problems you mention have been solved, because now we have more administrators watching than before: there were some individuals who used to have fun with strange agendas (distorting Iberian genetics and culture) and, as far as I know, everytime they tried to repeat, they've been banned. So at present the forum it's ok.

And I'm sorry to say this but, actually, there's absolutely no reason to be proud of Spain if we take the last years as reference. Anyway, one could think my opinion is not valid because I want independence for Catalonia, but also here we have many things to fix...just to leave clear I'm not biased.

In short, it's only humour. Reality is far more cruel.

Wilhelm
13-12-12, 17:20
Este señor está llamando vagos y estafadores a todo un país. Este no es un foro humorístico, sino cultural. He contactado con otros usuarios españoles que coinciden conmigo en que en este sitio web existe animadversión hacia los españoles por parte de varios administradores del foro.
Si bien es cierto que antes el foro era bastante hostil hacia los ibéricos, porque habia muchos tro11s, pero la cosa ya se ha calmado mucho, ya no es lo que era antes. Los administridores es cierto que tienen una cierta tendencia hacia lo germánico, pero sin llegar a lo anti-español ..

Ziober
17-12-12, 19:31
Cuando mostré mi malestar por este thread se me penalizó por insultos, cuando es falso que insultase, no voy a repetir lo que dije porque éstos son capaces de banearme. Me han quitado "3 puntos" (en ninguna parte he podido ver qué cantidad de "eupedia puntos" tengo).


I could laugh about myself, but maybe I'll be angry if anyone who I don't know laugh about me. You know what I mean? Maybe Maciamo is jelous after all because there had found that British, Irish, Northamericans, Australians, etc had no mostly Saxon genes in their blood but Iberian)

sparkey
17-12-12, 19:35
I could laugh about myself, but maybe I'll be angry if anyone who I don't know laugh about me. You know what I mean? Maybe Maciamo is jelous after all because there had found that British, Irish, Northamericans, Australians, etc had no mostly Saxon genes in their blood but Iberian)

Almost nobody thinks that anymore.

Ziober
17-12-12, 19:44
I agree with Wilhelm. Ziober, don't take it bad, but you're exaggerating. The problems you mention have been solved, because now we have more administrators watching than before: there were some individuals who used to have fun with strange agendas (distorting Iberian genetics and culture) and, as far as I know, everytime they tried to repeat, they've been banned. So at present the forum it's ok.

And I'm sorry to say this but, actually, there's absolutely no reason to be proud of Spain if we take the last years as reference. Anyway, one could think my opinion is not valid because I want independence for Catalonia, but also here we have many things to fix...just to leave clear I'm not biased.

In short, it's only humour. Reality is far more cruel.

I respect your feeling about Catalonia. But I am, and I'll be ever proud to be spaniard. And I think the spaniards aren't guilty about our actual economic status, but victims of our goverments.

Ziober
17-12-12, 19:48
Almost nobody thinks that anymore.

Almost nobody thought earth was espheric in the XIV century

sparkey
17-12-12, 19:55
Almost nobody thought earth was espheric in the XIV century

That's not exactly true (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth) either.

Ziober
12-03-13, 18:09
Here comes another oversensitive Spaniard who gets offended if one doesn't speak all praise and glory of his country. FYI, most of the (humorous) situations described in the OP are completed supported by the depiction of Spanish culture and society in the pXenophobe's Guide to the Spanish (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Xenophobes-Guide-Spanish-Guides/dp/1906042489/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355242422&sr=8-1). If you look at Amazon's reviews, there is even a Spaniard who says everything in the book is completely true, and that is, in my opinion, far more critical that what I wrote.

With this stuff Your credibility directly came to zero.

julia90
08-06-13, 12:47
why when in madrid, waiters were so snail like.. not very quick, very slow?.. things in central italy and northern italy you don't find.
some were very arrogant.
also people are quite noisy..

Vallicanus
08-06-13, 15:11
why when in madrid, waiters were so snail like.. not very quick, very slow?.. things in central italy and northern italy you don't find.
some were very arrogant.
also people are quite noisy..

As if Italians aren't noisy and arrogant.:laughing:
:laughing::laughing::laughing:

Cambrius (The Red)
08-06-13, 16:51
Spain has it's problems like many other European countries. No need to exaggerate things.

My view is that Eupedia doesn't seem to have much credibility, especially on the more professional fora (DNA Forums for one - currently not operative). Too much nonsense and just plain inaccurate / misleading information posted about Iberians (and some other population groups). Malicious members are many, unfortunately. Jejune and destructive, to say the least.

LeBrok
08-06-13, 17:25
Spain has it's problems like many other European countries. No need to exaggerate things.
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When you are out today, don't forget to buy some sense of humor.

Baltic tribes
26-12-13, 23:13
Spot-on description

martiko
19-02-14, 00:24
With german, Spanishes it most interesting people of Europe behind the French

Carlos
10-05-14, 16:32
15 Food Reasons The Spanish Are Better At Life (PHOTOS)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/spanish-food_n_4979265.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/spanish-food_n_4979265.html)


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Carlos
10-05-14, 16:50
FERIA DE ABRIL DE SEVILLA 2014

http://www.andalucia.org/es/feria-de-abril/ (http://www.andalucia.org/es/feria-de-abril/)

FERIA DE ABRIL DE BARCELONA
Replica of the April Fair in Seville created by the huge amount of Andalusians who had to go to work in Catalonia in a forced economic exile, due to the inequality between Spanish regions from the Bourbons, the dictator Franco until even democracy and the mentality of modern Spanish not contemplated that perpetuate privileges only two regions near the capital, Madrid.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalonia_April_Fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalonia_April_Fair)

Angela
10-05-14, 22:31
15 Food Reasons The Spanish Are Better At Life (PHOTOS)



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/spanish-food_n_4979265.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/spanish-food_n_4979265.html)



Carlos, those are reasons for not being in Spain long enough, or needing to go back!

I was addicted to the croquillas filled with bacalao, and the gildas, and the calamares, and the ham, and...well, I could go on and on. I also never met a paella I didn't like:)

Carlos
10-05-14, 23:10
There are bars and restaurants that are too tourist and perhaps the paellas are precooked or make in expresso pot, it's just boiled rice. You have to choose better, eat a great time in Spain, excellent meal with the best olive oil in the world.

I usually eat at my house, but a while ago I went to work to eat at a bar where they ate workers, truckers etc. in an industrial area here in Catalonia, and saw that he had rice to Cuba, but it looked too white rice, so I asked the waiter if boiling the rice after it passed the pan a little and told me that no, the tomato seemed boat too, so I did not ask that rice to Cuba, I ordered lentil, was worst were canned, the flavor can is indonfundible, crap food, I will never again, it was a simple bar to fill the stomach workers protest without gobbling simply boiled rice, yuck.

Carlos
10-05-14, 23:48
JEREZ (Cádiz, Andalusia) 2014 European capital of wine



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya0JYxslNw8

Carlos
10-05-14, 23:51
Iberian Ham in China



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXdevaGL02g

You who think we suck us the finger?

Angela
11-05-14, 01:28
There are bars and restaurants that are too tourist and perhaps the paellas are precooked or make in expresso pot, it's just boiled rice. You have to choose better, eat a great time in Spain, excellent meal with the best olive oil in the world.

I usually eat at my house, but a while ago I went to work to eat at a bar where they ate workers, truckers etc. in an industrial area here in Catalonia, and saw that he had rice to Cuba, but it looked too white rice, so I asked the waiter if boiling the rice after it passed the pan a little and told me that no, the tomato seemed boat too, so I did not ask that rice to Cuba, I ordered lentil, was worst were canned, the flavor can is indonfundible, crap food, I will never again, it was a simple bar to fill the stomach workers protest without gobbling simply boiled rice, yuck.

Carlos, you misunderstood me. I loved the paella I ate in Spain. In other places it does leave something to be desired.

Someone should come up with a mathematical formula showing the exact rate at which food quality decreases as one moves away from the source region. (That's a joke, btw.):grin:

Carlos
11-05-14, 03:26
I love the seafood paella, paella is a dish fully adopted by all the Spanish regions; although its origin is in valencia, many Spaniards traveling throughout Spain have assured me they have eaten excellent paellas anywhere in Spain. It happened the same with gazpacho more recently, has already been adopted by the whole of Spain; but sometimes painful things like hear there not people check the Andalusian gazpacho carrot or zucchini, and that hurts to hear it. The bread with tomato Catalan simple dish has also been adopted by other regions, I remember that it was offered as premiums in Andalusia in the 80s and did not like anything, 25 years after they had taken on their own. A friend was in a London restaurant kitchen and alleged Spanish paella served with ketchup, is a crime.

Christian Ho
03-04-16, 20:11
Hello "Everybody",
it was really fun reading all these responses and comments. After you lived a while in Spain, especially in the most southern "Andalucía", you will start to relax and at last begin to enjoy life. You learn, what really matters in our short journey on this planet. Talking about Europe, for somebody from the North, Southern way of living represents a "culture-chock", but believe me, also vice versa! A lot of other Europeans are just jealous of the Southern way of life and hence critizise. Ok, perhaps one has less scratches on the car, when parked on the street, but criminality is the same in Northern Europe, in some parts even worth.
At the end, it is the sun, the light and the temperature that counts!
Oh yes, never value a person by its wallet or Passport!!! So no generalizing!
All the best to you, your Christian Ho

Hola a "Todos",
era realmente divertido leer estas respuestas y comentarios. Después de haber vivido un tiempo en España, especialmente en el sur, Andalucía, empiezas a relajar y al final comienzas a disfrutar la vida. Aprendes a ver lo que realmente es importante en nuestro viaje corto en este planeta. ¡Hablando de Europa, para alguien del Norte, la manera de vivir en el Sur significa un "choque cultural", pero créenme, también al contrario! Muchos otros Europeos tienen envidia de la manera de vivir en el Sur y por eso, están criticando. Vale, tal vez te llevas menos arañazos al aparcar en la calle, pero la criminalidad en el Norte de Europa es igual, si no en algunos lados peor.
¡¡¡Ah sí, nunca valoras una persona por su cartera o pasaporte!!! ¡Así, nada de generalizar!
¡Al final, lo que cuenta, es el sol, la luz y la temperatura!
Todo lo mejor, vuestro Christian Ho

Carlos
05-07-16, 08:05
Think in Seville and Cadiz are two of the single or few places where the Vikings were defeated and in the Battle of Bailen where Napoleon was defeated for the first time in Europe. Do not rely entirely.

pinovski
07-12-18, 21:54
when you realize there are sun and it is late :)

Carlos
15-02-19, 03:52
You find Spaniards with 40 who live in their parents' house, and even 50 is true.

They ask you an address on the street and you indicate any address. There I do not agree.

Drink wine all the time. Nor, the Spanish drinks much more beer.

Drink coffee in a glass. I personally, I have to drink it in a glass cup. But if you do not indicate it in the bars, they will usually put it in a cup. In the South, perhaps it is placed directly in a small glass cup, I think it conserves heat better and the edge being thinner than a cup makes it more pleasant to drink it.

The term guiri we apply if they are very Germanic but especially English-speaking or German if they are francophones would be gabacho.

Please, we do not usually use it, but thank you very much more. If, for example, you go to a place where they offer a service and you ask for that service, why ask for that service if you are there to provide that service? For us, asking for something please is in situations where you are very desperate.

Yes we answer the phone with a tell me?

Take the day off for a paperwork that has to be done is something decades ago, today at least the workers on foot is impossible, if someone does it must be very timely and sporadic or because he can do it but it is not the general tonic today.

Going out or having a drink and returning at 3 in the morning or at dawn, each day who could take it? It usually goes out on weekends, especially Saturday, Thursday night, have a drink and come back soon, Friday is something better, and Saturday, Sunday night, not because on Monday you have to get up early to work.

Now it does not mean now to a certain extent if it is true especially in rural areas where although there are bus lines and people have private cars it is more difficult to say: "Now we go to this or that place or we are going to do this or that thing now "When maybe you have to move 100 km to do that thing. If you use the now in something that can be done now, for example: Now I'm going to prepare an orange juice, because that now is now, but if it is something that involves more difficulty or a greater approach and study the now is a project which will be carried out when it can be or decided, in which case the now is affirmative, it will be done when possible.

We like to look at strangers, see how they dress e.t.c. There is a saying in Spain of when the foreigners began to come to do tourism, and of course I imagine that in their countries they did not dress in winter as they did in Spain in summer, so when your son or daughter or someone from your environment, for example, dresses Strange form or has not known how to put the clothes together well, it is said: Go off that you look like a foreign vision.

Salento
15-02-19, 07:54
When an Andalusian girl that you met three weeks earlier, tells you that she loves you, and she asks you to marry her.
RUN ....

It could have been funny if it wasn't true! LOL

davef
15-02-19, 08:28
40 year olds living with their parents???????!!

Carlos
15-02-19, 11:40
[QUOTE = davef; 567118] 40 años viviendo con sus padres ??????? !! [/ QUOTE]

Por supuesto, es muy frecuente. La explicación está en que comprar una vivienda o alquilar un piso es muy caro en España, no está compensado con el sueldo mínimo interprofesional que es de 900 € y alquilar un piso medio decente en España suele costar entre 600 y 1000 €, alquilar una habitación Puede costar 200 €. Mucha gente soltera tiene la opción de alquilar una habitación pero tiene que compartir el piso con extraños, a veces prefieren quedarse en casa de sus padres. Aunque el sueldo sea algo mejor que un préstamo para 30 años. Todo tiene una explicación.

Carlos
15-02-19, 11:44
When an Andalusian girl that you met three weeks earlier, tells you that she loves you, and she asks you to marry her.
RUN ....

It could have been funny if it wasn't true! LOL

There are girls who must have a special smell to hunt rich men, lol

Carlos
15-02-19, 11:57
On all the points about Spain apart from that it seems that it is the case of a tourist guiri who must be the most stupid tourist guiri in the world who has gone wrong and have taken advantage of something of him. The secret is not to go from tourist to foolish guiri.


About ham is the most valued food for Spaniards, especially Iberian ham, (means that the pig is Iberian and has been fed with acorns) Iberian simple is that the pig is Iberian but its food has not been totally with acorns, especially the south is the preferred and reject the white pork ham that is most consumed in the rest of Spain. My two parents and my older brother go crazy, however, me and my other brother and sister like it but we could do without it.

About the siesta especially in summer after lunch is very hot and commercial activity does not start until 6 pm in winter at 5 pm until 8:30 pm. The business hours in Spain are terrible from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 8:30 pm The working day is 8 hours in any job. The nap is practiced by the one who can, the youngest was something impossible, with more years fall, whenever possible.

Salento
15-02-19, 15:23
There are girls who must have a special smell to hunt rich men, lol

LOL 💃 🤑

http://i.imgur.com/dviMKeU.jpg

Carlos
15-02-19, 16:24
LOL  螺

http://i.imgur.com/dviMKeU.jpg


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0-fkNuQC6k
Go preparing yourself......ahhhhhh lol lol lol