7 things I don’t get about Spain

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…


1. Breakfast

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?


3. Desigual

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?


  1. Ha ha really funny observations. The churros conundrum…and Desigual, agreed! Such ugly colour combinations and patterns I totally don’t get it. Enjoying your blog!

  2. I LOVE your blog!!
    I know right? We have Desigual in my country too and it’s absolutely not popular, what is with the horrible mix of colors?…
    And your point about Azerbaijan Land of Fire LOL that is a small country with horrible record of human rights and aggression towards its neighbor countries (but has oil hence the money to advertise itself in ANY possible way) 😀

    • Awww thanks so much, that’s such a nice thing to say! Glad you enjoyed this post and could see the funny side of these things 🙂

  3. This made me laugh! I’m wondering about Desigual too- we have this brand here in Dubai where I live and I just don’t get why it’s popular and why it’s so expensive. Oh and chocolate with churros for breakfast? I thought it was meant to be dessert :S

  4. You made me laugh with these! I’m living in the UK and even though it’s pretty similar to the US, I still want to hit my head against a wall at some of the stupid shey-ot they do on a daily basis… I mean come on!

  5. This post is hilarious! I am so with you on Desigual and the Spanish schedule. We went to Barcelona last year and were the only people in restaurants and 7 or 8 in the evening 🙂 And my Spanish colleagues here in Prague will go out ridiculously late, even though they have to be at work a lot earlier here. And they’re all gorgeous. Not fair! 😀

  6. I completely agree about Desigual! I think I’ve only every found one thing I would consider wearing the whole time I’ve been in Spain. I don’t get why it’s so popular.

  7. Do you also know if you ask a Spanish person, how many days are their in 2 weeks, they will answer 15!

  8. Loved this. It did make me laugh – I love how quirly Spain is… although I know that the Spanish say the same about Britain.

    Variety is the spice of life… let’s all have a good laugh at ourselves and each other,

    Merry Crimbo and all that jazz xx

  9. I’m totally with you on Desigual. Its popularity makes absolutely no sense! You’d struggle to find uglier clothes anywhere.

    I also heard a lot about the Spanish Christmas lottery system from my Spanish friend when I was in Madrid recently, and found the system fascinating. The limited number of each number combination and the fact you don’t win more if less people have your numbers creates such a different dynamic.

  10. Hahahaha! I couldn’t agree more with these. Another thing that really confuses me is how everyone MUST peel their fruit before they eat it. Don’t they know that fiber is healthy for you? My coworkers look at me like I’m a psychopath every time I bite into an apple.

    • That is because in Spain they put loads of pesticides on fruit and we are all aware of it, that’s whey we don’t want to eat pesticides and peel the fruit. 🙂 Cheers.

  11. I thought the same thing about breakfast!! I don’t understand at all haha. Brings me back to when I was in Sevilla. I miss it!

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