Five Things I Don’t Like About Living In Spain.
There’s not many things I don’t like about living in Spain but after living here for 15 years now here’s my top 5 Five Things I Don’t Like About Living In Spain.
1. Committing to a time.
Manańa.., there is a saying here and is Manańa, meaning morning or tomorrow but often when you ask people when they can come or do anything they say manańa, meaning when ever or some time and it can be really annoying. Many times in shops I have ordered things and they say manańa but when you go there the next day they just say it again . It’s hard to get locals to commit to an exact time here.
Waiting around for trades people is the same and they are not very punctual.
Spain is famous for its siestas, normally 2pm -4pm
When they go home to eat with the family and then have a sleep before returning to work. The mid afternoons can get very hot so a break is needed but all shops close up, some till 5pm so forget trying to buy anything at all during these times.
Many Spanish think it is now to long but Spanish tradition provails.
Five Things I Don’t Like About Living In Spain
3. Late dinner.
Spanish people eat late, most have their evening meal at 9.30 or 10 pm and some of my Spanish friends eat as late as 11 pm.
For the last 4 years now I have been married to a Spanish girl and we usually
Eat at 10 pm but some times I persuade her to eat at 8 with me but she finds it hard to get use to. Going out to eat you will find most Spanish don’t go out to eat until after 10 pm.
Most bars near me will not even open until 8:30 or 9pm.
last year we went to a Spanish friends wedding and the sit down meal was at 11pm at night.
4. Spanish parking
You will soon see that when it comes to parking the Spanish park or stop where they like. Just the other day I was on a small roundabout near my home here and I stopped behind a car on the roundabout, after a few seconds I realised that the car was empty, I looked to my right and saw the driver buying a paper from a news stand, yes he had stopped on the roundabout holding up traffic to buy a paper.
There are police who give out parking fines but not many.
The last few years I have seen many drivers take up 2 parking spaces in car parks as they don’t want people to get to close to their car. This happens a lot here.
5. Loads of paper work.
When you first move to Spain you will find that there is way to much paper work. Copies of everything in triplicate. Opening a bank account you will leave the bank with a large folder full of paper work.
When I got married here I had to go to 4 different government office buildings to complete paper work and left each one with arm fills of the stuff.
Almost everything you do as in setting up accounts and services here in Spain requires you to have loads of paper work.
These are a few down sides to living in Spain but as you can see not that bad really.
Thats my Five Things I Don’t Like About Living In Spain
What do you Not like about Spain?
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