As an expat anywhere, you’re always going to find things in your new adopted home, that are just a bit different to how things work in your real home.
Now it’s not to say you disagree with them – they’re just different, and can take a while for you to get your head around,
Here are a few examples of things I just don’t get about Spain…
If you go to a bar before work in the morning you’re quite likely to see people having chocolate with churros for breakfast.
I mean, I know they don’t do it everyday – but it’s definitely a thing here.
Theres NO way this deep-fried dough and chocolate can be good for you… and yet WE’RE the ones with an obesity epidemic, and they get to live much longer lives than us on average.
How come they get to be skinny and eat yummy things?! Not fair.
2. Leaf Blowing
On an average day I’ll see at least 3 or 4 men out blowing leaves in the park and on the streets. It’s autumn, leaves are going to keep falling off the trees. Surely there is something more productive you can do.
How is this even a thing?
So many colours, so many patterns, so expensive.
How is this popular?
4. The Schedule
Although I’m used to it now, the schedule here is quite different from the rest of the world. Breakfast at 11am, lunch at 3pm, afternoon snake at 6pm, dinner at 10pm, and then on the weekends the party starts at 3am… tired yet?
How are they not tired ALL THE TIME?
5. The Lottery
In New Zealand we have Lotto shops, and to get a ticket you need to go to one of these places. But not in Spain. You can buy a ticket almost anywhere. From a person on the side of the road, at the bank, at a café – it’s seems like everyone’s selling these things.
And despite the fact you can buy them at all these places, people still line up for hours at particular shops deemed ‘lucky‘. Ridiculous.
How is the lotto that great – you can’t all win!?
6. Polite at the wrong times
I’ve since changed gyms, but at my old gym I would always be welcomed in the changing rooms with an ‘hola’ or ‘buenas’ from complete stangers, completely naked. They’d obviously finished their workouts and were just getting changed, but everyone had to say ‘hi’ and make conversation. Its unnecessary. You’re naked, and I don’t know you.
How are you ok with this?
7. Football Sponsorship
I don’t know who the sponsorship manager is for Atletico Madrid, but he must be pretty darn convincing… While Real Madrid have Emirates and the All Blacks have AIG, he’s got Atletico Madrid, Azerbaijan, an entire country.
Yup, on all of their shirts it says ‘Azerbaijan – Land of Fire!‘
What.The.Heck – firstly where is this country and secondly what kind of slogan is that, it’s certainly not enticing me…
Imagine if the All Blacks were sponsored by a country, and on all their jerseys it said ‘Visit Djioubti’ or some other random country. It’s just bizarre.
There’s lots of things here that are a bit different, as with any culture – but these ones just seem a little bizarre to me. What do you think? What things don’t you get about Spain or your expat country?