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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.

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.

Living in Barcelona pros and cons

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.

Best shoe brands 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.

Living in Spain

When living in Spain starts to feel like America

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American expat Cat Gaa laments the loss of the authentic Spain she first fell in love with, as American culture slowly infiltrates Spain's way of life.

Spanishized: The good, bad and confusing of giving birth in Spain

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You'll be thankful that Spain gives four months maternity leave and is breast-feeding friendly, although the post-birth paperwork isn't much fun.

9 useful Spanish expressions you need to know

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If someone asks to pull their hair, you probably shouldn't. Knowing these common Spanish phrases can keep you out of some awkward situations and talking like a local.

Is there racism in Spain?

Is race an issue in Spain? A black woman's story why she left Spain

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"I’m a black woman who wanted to move to Spain for years. Here’s why I lasted only a few months." American Nneka shares her story.

Top Spanish films

Top 10 Spanish films you should watch

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You don't need to meticulously study the dreaded 'subjuntivo' to get a dose of Spanish – Spanish cinema is much more entertaining, shows expat Danni.

Top 10 obscure and unbelievable driving laws in Spain

10 unbelievable driving laws in Spain

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If you're in the mood for confronting Spanish police, then drive in Spain without a t-shirt, argue with a passenger or place your arm on the window.

Spanish coffee guide

Living the Spanish life: The best of Spanish coffee

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Bombón or cortado? Coffee is an institution in Spain, although you'll find many coffee variations that you've never seen before.

Dancing in the Fountain: The tipping point of Spanish coffee and tea

Dancing in the Fountain: The tipping point of Spanish coffee and tea

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Karen McCann explains the peculiarities of the Spanish types of tea and coffee, and how tipping is generally handled in Spain.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

The secret upside to looking foreign overseas

The secret upside to looking foreign abroad

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Rather than be frustrated with always sticking out as the 'foreigner', expat Jessica looks for a silver lining to looking different abroad.



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