Since I am from the Netherlands, which is not too far from Spain and both being a European Union country, I didn’t expect too many cultural differences when I came to Spain. Boy you better be prepared for some surprises!
In more northern cultures, social life takes part most of the time at home and sometimes in a restaurant but that is so expensive that you can’t do that all the time. The Spanish on the other hand hardly ever invite people to their homes and prefer meetings in the street, a bar, a restaurant, on the beach or the mountains. Getting together is also less planned than I was used to, they are way more spontaneous. No complete agenda’s for the coming months, the only obligation most Spanish friends have is to have lunch with their family on a regular basis.
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