The country of Spain has a long and interesting history, and its culture is very distinct and different from other countries on the continent. Spain has always been a top tourist destination, but if you’re thinking of becoming an actual resident of the country, you should know what to expect. Living in Spain is definitely an experience worth going for but having realistic expectations will help you adjust and adapt better to living in this sunny country with its warm, fun-loving people. Here, then, is what you should really expect when you decide to live in Spain.
The Spanish language vs. the English language
Just to be clear, there really is no competition between the two languages. Many Spanish people in the big cities will have a good understanding of English, although if you are planning to move to the countryside, be prepared to deal with only a few basic words and phrases. But the good thing is that Spaniards are really quite friendly and welcoming, so if you try learning a few Spanish phrases, it will go a long way. Of course, it’s highly recommended to learn Spanish if you decide to live here; it will help you get to know the community in a much better way.
The food and dining experience
Everyone loves paella and tapas, but paella and tapas are not all that Spain is about. Food is, in fact, quite important, but Spaniards’ habits when it comes to food consumption may confuse you at first. For instance, most people don’t really have breakfast and may just settle for bread and coffee, but lunch is considered the main meal. Lunch is referred to as ‘comida’ and is a long and leisurely affair which stretches for an hour or two, and it comes with an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. Most restaurants offer a menu of the day (“menu del día”) which is a relatively low cost option, usually with a starter, main dish and pudding, often with a glass of wine or beer and coffee included. Supper is eaten quite late in the day as well – often as late as 10 in the evening – and it’s a lighter meal comprised mainly of salads and tapas.
Socialising in Spain
Since most of the country has a relatively mild climate all year round, people love spending time outdoors. Socialising in Spain tends to occur mostly in parks and beaches, and various social events are often held in gardens and restaurants with outdoor tables and chairs. There’s a lot of outdoor activity, from hiking to running to mountain biking or simply lounging around on the beach.
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