How they talk
What grabs your
attention, better to say your ears, is the way they speak. They do it loudly,
quickly and nonstop. Our room on the 4th floor faced two small restaurants. If
you stayed in the room at lunchtime, you'd have an impression that you live no
higher than the first floor and right below your balcony there's a market so
loud the restaurant buzz is. (BTW, the floors in Spain are numbered starting
with the ‘ground floor’, which means that the 4th floor is in fact the 5th
A group of Spanish
people joined us on a bus to go to the concert. They all looked as if they were
relatives, they were talking, laughing, sharing jokes and one man even started
On a train to
Malaga there was an elderly couple. The man couldn't just sit still. In a
minute you could hear him tapping on the seat and humming some tune.
How they eat
They are very
sociable and mostly prefer to eat out starting with breakfast. Once a week they
dine out with their family. Spanish cuisine is very delicious and rich in
variety of dishes. However they are quite conservative in their preferences.
Tatiana's Spanish husband couldn't get used to anything she tried to cook from
Russian cuisine, even borsch. His argument was that soup can't be red. They
don't eat any cereals apart from rice.
The proof of their
love to cooking and eating is the fact that aprons are a popular souvenir here.
How they build up
people treat their apartments as a place to sleep and don't pay much attention
to interior design. On the contrary, family and relationships mean a lot to
Spanish people. Young people can stay engaged up to 7-10 years. You can get
married only if you have a flat or a house, steady income and you are ready to
have children. Spanish men are outstandingly devoted fathers. In Malaga there
is a very beautiful Botanic Garden which has become a very popular place for
weddings. Young people can wait for their turn for 2 years. They thoroughly get
ready for the event, spend lump sums of money and invite a lot of people. After
the event, wedding photographs are printed out in a large format, framed and
fixed in the central place of the living room.
How they work
In a very relaxed
way. "If you don’t have time today, you can finish it tomorrow”. There’s no
Andalusia is an
agricultural and tourist area with large ratio of seasonal jobs. You work hard
half a year to get by through the second half.
State jobs are of
extremely high value as they provide high stable and lifelong income. No wonder
that competition is very tough in this sector. To get a position of a teacher
at a state school one needs to pass an extremely difficult examination. Every
year something around 5 positions are declared vacant around Andalusia. The
number of candidates can reach a point of one thousand. As you can see chances
to get such position are tiny.
Some other trivia
Andalusian men are
not very tall and you can often see couples with a woman taller than a man.
Another thing that surprised me was that I didn’t see a smoking man in the
streets but often met smoking women even with kids.
climate influences lots of things in their lives. They still have siesta.
Everything is closed from 13 to 17. The houses are built very close to each
other to hide from the sun. All windows are shut with blinders, very often
don't like travelling abroad. Their argument is that nobody speaks Spanish
there and they have all they need in their own country.
I think I know what they mean:)