Moving to Spain?

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Moving to Spain?

Moving to EspanaA guide for newcomers

Desayuno: Breakfast is the smallest meal of the day in Spain but always includes cafe con leche or coffee with milk. Typically this is served as a latte with frothy milk and very strong coffee. Additionally most people enjoy small pastries and breakfast cookies with their coffee. Since breakfast is so light, many also eat a mid morning snack.Almuerzo: Lunch is the largest meal of the day in Spain. Families often eat lunch together at home and then take some time off in the afternoon prior to returning to work and school. Cena: Dinner is not the largerst meal of the day in contrast to other countries. In fact, it can be a very light meal often eaten late at night so that people are not eating heavy before bed. Tapas: Often in the evenings (very late) or in place of dinner, Spainards consume tapas or small sharable snacks. Oftentimes these tapas can be things like meats, cheeses, breads, etc. Popular Spanish dishes: Paella, Tortilla Espanola, and Churros con chocolate, (all pictured above in order from left to right). Additional popular dishes include:-Croquettes-Gazpacho-Cured meats and cheeses

When moving to Spain learning Spanish and learning how to be successful in the schooling system are key elements of assimilating into Spanish culture. Oftentimes, Spanish teachers are very relaxed with students in class, but maintain very high expectations for performance on class assignments, namely written work. For example, an "A" or 4.0 grade is nearly unattainable and a 3.0 is very acceptable, or even considered "good." This is different from countries in which a 4.0 is given for simply meeting all of the requirements and expectations. While this can be frustrating, especially for Americans, it is important to understand that it is not personal. Readjusting your mind to realized a 3.0 is a perfectly acceptable grade will prevent a great deal of grief. Similarly, learning the Spanish language can prove to be difficult, yet very helpful when participating in everday activities. However, there may be times when trying to speak the Spanish language that others become frustrated and try to speak English back to you. Many Spanairds learn English at a young age, namely British English and are anxious to use their own bilingual skills. Do not let this discourage you! Keep speaking Spanish in order to continue perfecting your own language skills! Be polite, but ask your questions again, ask nicely for answers be stated back to you in Spanish, and simply do not accept that English is your only mode of conversation!

Siesta: On a daily basis, Spanairds take a daily fiesta which translates to "nap" in English. It is customary for this siesta to occur after lunch. During siesta shops, businesses, and schools close for a couple of hours so people can eat and spend time with their families. Since everyone has this rest period in the afternoon, many local Spanairds stay out and about or awake later into the evening than is typically seend in countries like the United States and Canada. It is not uncommon to see entire families eating tapas and having a drink in the town squares well into the evening hours when most children would be asleep in their beds. San Fermin (July 6-14th): More commonly known as the Running of the Bulls, this fesitval has been popular for many generations and remains popular today. Directly translated to English San Fermin means Saint Fermin who is the patron Saint of the region of Spain in which Pamplona is located. The celebreation additionally pays homage to the Catholic religion which many Spanairds practice. However, over the years, much of the religious meaning has fallen secondary to the party-like celebration. Traditionally, attendees of the Running of the Bulls dress in all white and don red scrafs and belts. There are games, vendors, and food available for purchase, much like an American carnival or fair. However, unlike a fair, this festival goes on all night with people of all ages participating in the festival at all hours of the night prior to gathering around the streets to watch the actual running of the bulls.

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The climate in Spain is similar to many other Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy. These similarities are due to the fact that they are all surrounded by the ocean on several sides. Mediterranean climate best describes most of Spain with hot, dry summers and cold winters. However, there are other regions in Spain that experience a more maritime climate due to the proximity to the oceans. There are also many different geographical areas in Spain including mountains, plateaus, and lots of coast line.




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