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Barcelona pickpocket

How to avoid Barcelona pickpockets in 10 steps


Barcelona is a top city to visit but tourists are also targets for Barcelona's pickpockets. A local expat shares her tips on how to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona, including areas to avoid in Barcelona at night.

SpainExpatBlog: Are Spanish people rude?

SpainExpatBlog: Are Spanish people rude?


Mid-sentence interruptions, invasion of personal space – is this rude Spanish behaviour or just expat pet peeves?

Spanish stereotypes

7 Spanish stereotypes that foreigners get wrong


Not all Spanish stereotypes should be believed; here Cristina Ling debunks seven common myths that foreigners learn about Spanish stereotypes.

Spanish phrases la leche

Milking it: The numerous 'la leche' Spanish phrases foreigners need to lear...


Spaniards might not be crazy about drinking 'la leche' but they are obsessed when it comes to creating quirky Spanish phrases.

Dating the Spanish

9 things you'll love about dating the Spanish way


Get your heart out and wear it on your sleeve – you're playing the Spanish dating game now. There's no need to play games when you're dating the Spanish.

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

6 habits you have to lose in Spain


Siesta, midday drinks and two-cheek kisses; one expat in Spain adjusts to Spanish cultural norms as she lets go of her American customs in exchange for Spanish habits.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: April Fools

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: How Spanish are you really?


MadridMan discusses the origins of 'el Dia de los Santos Inocentes' – the Spanish 'April Fools' day on 28 December – and how an April Fools day prank revealed there's always more to learn about Spanish culture.

Twelve grapes

The 12 grapes of New Year's wrath

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Prepare yourself for the New Year countdown in Spain – and make sure it includes 12 grapes to stuff in your mouth with each clock stroke.

19 signs you grew up celebrating Christmas in Spain

19 things you'll find in Spain at Christmas


Spain at Christmas is a 'Navidad' miracle of fresh seafood, lottery tickets, sugary sweet turrón and plenty of Spanish sparking wine 'cava'. What's not to love about Spanish 'Navidad'?

Spanish expat guide to holiday gift-giving abroad

The expat's guide to Spanish gift ideas


What are the perfect Spanish gifts to give family and friends? Como Consulting presents 12 Spanish gift ideas to give loved ones the perfect Spanish hamper.

Spanish customs

Understanding Spanish culture


Even Spanish locals admit the uniqueness of Spanish customs; from tapas culture and time management to siestas and hugging, here's a brief guide to understanding Spanish cultural quirks.

Culture of Spain

15 signs you've adopted the culture of Spain

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If you take kids to bars and constantly say 'la leche' – and don't mean milk – you know you're on your way to adopting the culture of Spain. See if you do these 15 things from culture in Spain.

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter


There is a range of heating options in Spain besides electricity that can keep your house cosy and warm, says Sandra Piddock.

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