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Understanding Spanish culture

Understanding Spanish culture

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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.

15 signs you've adopted the 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

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

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?

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Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

The pros and cons of living in Barcelona as an expat

The pros and cons of living in Barcelona as an expat

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Barcelona is a top city for expats but it's not all sunshine, tapas and siesta in the Catalan capital – here are both pros and cons to living the Barcelona expat life.

The Spanish myth of dark eyes, dark hair

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Zach Frolich discusses the paradigm abroad of the Spanish dark-eyes and hair stereotype, quite opposite to the many physical features that appear in Spain's different regions.

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

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Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

Spain for Pleasure: Six of the best Spanish inventions

Spain for Pleasure: Six of the best Spanish inventions

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Without the best Spanish inventions, Neil Armstrong might have never walked on the moon and football fanatics would be twiddling their thumbs.

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

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The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

The perfect gift: The best shoe brands and styles to buy from Spain

The perfect gift: The best shoe brands and styles to buy from Spain

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There are many top Spanish shoe styles that have reached international fame, from high-end Manolo Blahnik to the woven-soled 'espardenyas'. Here are the best Spanish shoe brands.

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

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Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

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The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse

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Do you have your 'elevator speech' ready for the dreaded question: 'What do you do?'

22 problems when you drink like a Spaniard

22 problems when you drink like a Spaniard

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Whether you have been in Spain or just feel an inner Spanish connection, here's how to tell if you drink like a Spaniard – and the dilemmas you have adjusting to drinking anywhere else.

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