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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.

Just how culturally Spanish are you? Check off this list of 15 signs to see if you've adopted more of the culture in Spain than you think.

How to tell you've adopted the culture of Spain

1. You have dinner at 10pm.

2. You can’t say goodbye without exclaiming, "Venga!"

3. Guapa (beautiful) and cariño (sweetie) are common words you use with strangers.

4. You know that sangria and tinto de verano (red wine mixed with lemon soda) are the liquid fuel of champions.

5. Tortilla de patatas is a perfect meal for any occasion.

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6. You’ve mastered the art of minimising productivity while maximising your work hours.

7. You hold an opinion on the independence movement of several regions of Spain, especially Catalonia.

8. Around 99 percent of the time you say 'la leche' you’re not even talking about milk.

9. You don’t own a single pair of sweatpants.

10. You plan to do nothing but be with family on Sundays.

11. If you plan to meet with a friend at half past 4, that’s a general point of reference where punctuality is neither expected or adhered to.

12. There’s no way you can eat any meal without having a café con leche (coffee with milk) or cortado (long espresso with milk) afterwards.

13. You have no problem bringing your small kids to festivals past midnight.

14. Protests no longer faze you and are to be expected regularly and sporadically.

15. You’ve mastered the art of partying until 8am.


Gloria Atanmo / Reprinted with permission of Matador Network.

Gloria Atanmo Gloria Atanmo is a gal with expensive dreams and an affordable hustle. After booking a one-way ticket to Barcelona, now in between lapses of regularly butchering basic Spanish jargon, she can be found playing semipro basketball and travel blogging about her 15+ countries of adventures. You can follow her journey at The Blog Abroad. Photo credit: Angel James de Ocampo. Photo credits (CC-licence): Eddy Van 3000 (thumbnail).

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1 Comment To This Article

  • jura posted:

    on 1st December 2016, 16:28:42 - Reply

    Hello, Gloria - Nice list, but I have to differ with you on point 12; no self-respecting Spaniard drinks cafe con leche after breakfast time, which can stretch to noon, but never after dinner.