SEPARATING THE MYTHS FROM THE FACTS OF SPANISH STEREOTYPES

SPANIARDS ARE GENERALLY LOUD

FACT: We speak generally a couple of notches louder than inhabitants from other nations.loud

 

  1. ALL WOMEN LOOK LIKE PENELOPE CRUZ. ALL MEN LOOK LIKE ANTONIO BANDERAS

MYTH: Erm, nope. We don’t. Unfortunately. Spain is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities. Although the combo dark eyes/dark hair prevails, we have all kinds of wonderful varieties. Check out Elsa’s and Jesús’ blue peepers!

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SPANIARDS HAVE LATE DINNERS

FACT: Yes. This is true. In comparison with other countries, we tend to have supper from 10pm onwards. Our main meal is usually in the afternoon, at about 2pm, so most people do not get hungry again until 9 or 10. The weather along with different office hours plays an important role in this habit.

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WE WEAR MEXICAN HATS

MYTH: the clue is in the name

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WE LOVE FOOTBALL

FACT: Football is by far the most popular sport in Spain. Hard core fans love, live and breath football.

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WE LIVE ON PAELLA AND SANGRIA

MYTH: Paella is typical from a specific area in Spain. It’s a time consuming dish to prepare and Spaniards usually cook it from time to time at the weekend in the summer. Sangría is considered a summer drink. When people go out to the bars normally have beer, wine or cocktails.

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WE ARE HOSPITABLE AND FRIENDLY

FACT: Generally Spanish people are open and friendly. As a proud nation and lovers of everything Spanish, we will dine and wine you, show you around and open our doors very happily.

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WE ALL RUN THE BULLS

MYTH: Running in front of bulls is an acquired taste. It is definitely done during certain celebrations and not just in Pamplona but most Spaniards prefer a safe, classic jog in the park.

 

 

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WE ARE PASSIONATE

  1. FACT: Maybe not everyone, but it’s undeniable that there’s a tendency to get overexcited quickly. Although from the outside it might look we are having a constant heated argument with each other, it is just our way of expressing ourselves

 

 

 

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WE TAKE A NAP EVERY AFTERNOON

MYTH/FACT: Traditionally, siesta, an afternoon nap, is common in Mediterranean countries. In the summer, the heat in the afternoon can be unbearable. Shops and offices are closed after lunch time so this time is used to have a break and digest the main meal of the day. Nowadays, this tradition is no longer common as office hours are changing and people lead busier lives. Only a few lucky ones can still carry on the tradition. Most of us enjoy siestas only in the summer time.

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