Taking on the adventure of living abroad can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when it is for the first time. Having all those new impressions, meeting new people and most importantly, creating new habits. Adapting to a new culture is more natural to some people than other, but eventually we all slowly submerge into a new life. Sometimes it goes so slow that you don’t even know it is happening. So, how do you know if you are already integrated into the Spanish culture while studyin a Spanish course with us?

Here are 7 signs that indicate that you are on your way:

You eat dinner after 9pm

Attempting to eat your evening meal anywhere before 9pm is considered just plain weird in Spain and people will stare at you like you are some rare, almost extinct animal. But, most of the Spaniards will eat after 10 on weekends. The further south you go, the later they eat.

You kiss people on the cheeks when meeting (for the first time)

In some cultures it is very common that when you meet someone for the first time you greet each other with a formal handshake and the appropriate amount of space between yourselves. In Spain that is a little different. When you meet someone or leave a group, you kiss the cheeks. First left, then right. Remember it to avoid awkward situations.

Café con leche

This is going to be your best friend, your companion, your spouse. You wake up with it and you end your day with it. Café con leche is somewhat part of the Spanish culture as it is taken during the whole day. Café con leche is inevitable when you are in Spain.

No sun is bad weather to you

In Spain you will experience a lot of days with clear sunshine and high temperatures. You will get used to it, you will get spoiled. With an average of 52 rainy days, or even less in the Mediterranean cities, and 21 degrees in the cities where our Spanish Schools are located, this is a dream for the northern Europeans.

Planning to meet friends at 4 means that usually you meet at 4:30

We are not going to lie about this and punctuality is not really the strong suit of the average Spaniard. This stereotype is not so true on a professional level, but with friends and family it still happens frequently. They just take their time and it is perfectly ok when you arrive a little late as well. No stress.

Jajaja

this is something you have to find out for yourself, we are not going to spoil all the fun, jajaja.

Adding lemonade to red wine is perfectly fine…

and it is called tinto de verano. This drink is actually pretty good to drink on those hot Spring and Summer days. Although the Spaniards definitely appreciate a good red wine, tinto de verano is a widely popular drink and each region has its own twist to the drink, lemonade or casera. The most used twist is casera, which is hard to get anywhere else than Spain.

 

– Ben Rutjens.