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When moving to Spain from the United States, there are many cultural differences that we aren’t used to. These are a few basic cultural differences that are important to know before arriving. They are generalizations about the Spanish culture, as it varies from region to region just as it does in the U.S., but they will help you get the idea of what life in Spain is like and what to expect.
If you want to read more specifically about life in Madrid, read this blog!
In the U.S., we appreciate our personal space, and in Spain they treat personal space a bit differently than are used to. Something that may be shocking to you when you first arrive is how people greet one another. When meeting someone for the first time in the U.S., it is normal to shake hands or maybe hug in a social setting. If you are being introduced to a group of people, it is not uncommon to give a friendly wave to the whole group. In Spain, giving two kisses to every single person in a group is very typical. If you offer your hand to shake, it could be considered rude. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, it becomes natural with time.
The way that time is used in Spain is much more relaxed than in the US. Americans are known for moving at a very rapid pace and constantly being scheduled. Arriving on time is very important. In Spain it is not so problematic to arrive late, in fact, it is quite typical. Time spent with family and friends is highly valued, therefore social gatherings and meals tend to last longer then we are used to in the U.S.
While in the United States we are used to tipping for nearly every service we use, it is not nearly as common in Spain. Depending where you are, how much you are spending, and how big of a group you are with, the protocol for tipping varies. Know you are never expected to tip the typical 20% like in the US. Always use good judgment when making the decision to leave a tip so that you don’t get taken advantage of, and also so you do not offend someone that has helped you. If you do decide to tip, a few euros is adequate for servers, and some change for drivers and bellmen. Tipping is not expected the same way it is in the US, but if you feel that someone has done a particularly good job serving you, leaving a tip is polite.
The fact that the waiters and waitresses do not rely only on tips to make money, and because of the relaxed attitude towards time, service tends to be a little slower and meals naturally take longer. In the US, when the server notices that you are finished with your meal, they quickly clear the table and bring the check. In Spain, you must request the check or you will be waiting for quite some time.
Not only should you expect meals to take more time, you should also expect the timing of the meals to be different. If you show up for dinner around 6pm, the restaurants might not even be open, and if they are, they won’t be busy. For American’s, breakfast is typically anytime between 7-9am, lunch around noon, and dinner between 5-8pm, depending on your daily schedule. In Spain, breakfast happens around the same time but is much smaller, usually consisting of a café con leche and pan con tomate and some olive oil. Lunch is one of the biggest meals and can last several hours typically starting at 2 or 3. Dinner also starts much later, around 9:30. If you enjoy nightlife, expect the clubs to start getting busy around 1:30. If you arrive at 10pm, most people will still be having dinner.
The food in Spain is quite unique compared to the food we are used to in the US. Each region has their own specialty, but some frequent dishes include patatas bravas, Spanish tortilla, croquettes, paella, ham, olives, and olive oil. You will also notice that the size of the portions tends to be smaller then what we are used to in the U.S.
If you would like to read more about different foods in Europe, check out this blog!
As you probably knew, Spain’s currency is Euros (€) like the rest of Europe, however the cost of living is quite low. According to Numbeo.com, the cost of living is an average of 22.9% lower than in the United States and rent is an average of 49.16% lower than in the United States. At a typical restaurant, the price for a meal is around 12€, and for a three course meal the average price is 25€.
A typical trip to the grocery store including milk, eggs, cheese, fruit, chicken, vegetables, beer and wine, bread, toilet paper, and a few personal care products is around 45€. Not bad when you’re used to paying much more in the US!
These a just a few of the many cultural differences that you will notice when arriving in Spain. Although it takes time to adjust, they will become more natural with time and you might even find yourself continuing them when you return to the US!
If you want some more tips about studying abroad, check out this blog!
La cocina española es una de las más reconocidas del mundo. Descubre 10 de los datos y curiosidades más asombrosas de la gastronomía y cocina española.
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Según una encuesta realizada por Time Out a nivel mundial, Madrid se encuentra entre una de las 5 mejores ciudades del mundo. Las principales características que se han tenido en cuenta son el nivel de vida, la calidad de la comida y la bebida, la comunidad, el nivel de sociabilidad, etc.
Entre las ciudades clasificadas se encuentran: En primera posición Chicago, seguida de Melbourne, Lisboa, Nueva York y en quinta posición Madrid.
Además de ser una de las mejores ciudades, vamos a presentar 5 buenas razones para visitar Madrid:
El arte y la cultura: Madrid tiene tres de los museos más importantes del mundo (Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza y el Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), cuanta con teatros (Teatro Real), cines (Cines Princesa, Renoir Plaza España), galerías de arte (más de 100 en los barrios de Salamanca, Chueca…) y bibliotecas (Biblioteca Nacional con 300 años de antigüedad).
Fuente: http://urbanvidastays.com/guia/museo-del-prado/ (Museo del Prado)
Los deportes de espectáculo como el Baloncesto (Polideportivo Magariños, Palacio de Deportes), Fútbol (Estadio Santiago Bernabéu y el Vicente Calderón) Maratón, Tenis (Pabellón Caja Mágica) o los Toros (La plaza de Toros de las Ventas de Madrid).
Fuente: http://www.viralizalo.com/pop/3040-cuanto-sabes-de-estadios-de-futbol-version-lfp (Santiago Bernabéu)
Parques y jardines como el parque del retiro (uno de los principales pulmones de Madrid, con 200 años de antigüedad), Casa de Campo (alberga el zoológico, el parque de atracciones o el teleférico), el Real jardín botánico, el parque del capricho o Madrid Río.
Fuente: https://es.pinterest.com/pin/444097213237090064/(Parque del Retiro)
Transportes como el Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas(el más importante del país por tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga aérea), la Estación de Atocha, Estación de Chamartín (unida a la Estación de Atocha mediante un túnel), el Metro (Con casi 300 kilómetros de red, 301 estaciones y en funcionamiento desde 1919), Autobuses (Más de 3.500 kilómetros de longitud) y los taxis (Más de 15.000 circulando por la ciudad)
Fuente: http://crucerosturisticos.com/2010/02/25/atocha-se-convierte-en-el-puerto-de-madrid/(Estación de Atocha)
Estilo de vida: No puedes visitar Madrid sin ver la puesta de sol en el Templo de Debod, ir el domingo por la mañana a El Rastro, disfrutar de los parques de atracciones, comer un bocadillo de calamares, comprar lotería en Doña Manolita, comer en Botín (el restaurante más antiguo de Madrid) etc.
(Templo de Debod)
Después de todo esto, ¿No te animas a visitar esta ciudad?
Thousands of people travel from foreign countries every year to learn Spanish while visiting the main city in Spain: Madrid.
Madrid is one of the most important cities in Europe, from an economical and political perspective. Felipe II moved the court to Madrid in 1561 for its cultural importance, as the city possesses some of the most visited museums in the world. For this and other reasons Madrid is an ideal city to learn Spanish.
Through this post we will show you some of the best places you can visit in Madrid to get to know its history and to enjoy this magical city.
Almudena’s Cathedral is a catholic temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The cathedral is located in the centre of Madrid, and it is 73 metres high and 102 metres long. It was built at the end of the XIX Century and finished at the end of the XX Century and covers different styles. This cathedral was consecrated the 15th of June by Juan Pablo II.
El Rastro is an open-air market. It is only open on Sundays and it originally used to sell second hand objects. This market was born in 1740 and is famous worldwide.
Gran Vía is one of the main streets in Madrid. It was built at the beginning of the XX Century and it is an important commercial, touristic and loud leisure place. Nowadays it’s very famous for its numerous theatres and cinemas and for being the location of worldwide famous shops.
Museo del Prado
The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums around the world, and one of the most visited ones. It has paints from Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens and Bosco, which are the most famous in the museum, along with Murillo, Ribera, Zurbarán, Rafael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Van Dyck or Poussin, amongst others.
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace is the official residence of the King, although now it is only used for ceremonies and acts. It counts with more than 135. 000 m² y 3.418 chambers, which makes it the biggest palace in Western Europe and one of the biggest worldwide. It has a valuable historic-artistic heritage and it is open to the public unless there are official acts.
The Retiro Park is a historic and public garden that has numerous historic-artistic places like the Alfonso XII Monument, the Crystal Palace, Felipe IV’s door, the Astronomic Observatory and the Fuente de la Alcachofa.
Plaza de Cibeles
La plaza de Cibeles is one of the symbols of Madrid. It was built on the 1782 and in the centre of the square the Cibeles Fountain is placed. In each of its four corners there is an emblematic building built between the XVIII and the XX Century (Palacio de Buenavista, el Palacio de Linares, el Palacio de Comunicaciones and Banco de España).
Plaza Mayor de Madrid
The origins of this square are in the XVI Century when at the end of two streets the main markets of the villa were placed there. Since its creation the square is a place for popular parties, amongst others. Its most important elements are the Panadería House, Arco de los Cuchilleros and Felipe’s III Statue.
Puerta de Alcalá
Puerta de Alcalá is one of the oldest Royal Doors that gave Access to the city. This door gave access to those travellers who entered from France, Aragon or Catalonia. Nowadays it is a monumental door located next to the main entrance of the Retiro Garden and it was built under Carlos III orders.
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the main square of Madrid, where the “kilometre zero” in placed since 1950 for the roads in Spain. The oldest building is “la Casa de Correos” and its clock shines every New Year’s Eve when at midnight every Spanish person eats 12 grapes at the sound of its 12 last strokes of the year.
Debod’s Temple was a present from Egypt to Spain in 1968 for helping the international calling made by the UNESCO to save the temples of Nubia, mainly the one in Abu Simble, as they were in danger of disappearance due to the construction of the Asuan’s dam. Egypt donated four of its temples to different nations who helped: Dendur to the United States, Ellesiya to Italy, Taffa to the Netherlands and Debod to Spain.
If you plan to travel to Madrid on May, you will be able to enjoy the festivity of San Isidro, one of the most famous parties from the Spanish capital. If you decide to travel in July, you could also take some days to go to Navarra and get to know the San Fermine’s culture.
There are many ways to travel to Madrid, but if you would like to make an exchange or find a host, MyHOSTpitality would be a secure choice. Jump in and dare to have an unforgettable experience while getting to know Madrid and its culture.
However, if you prefer other cities like Barcelona or Seville, don’t hesitate and take a look:
December is a time where many international students are wrapping up their time in Madrid and go back home. It can be a confusing time, as one is excited yet sad to leave. Nonetheless one must live one day at a time and be fully in the moment. There was still so many things that can be done in Madrid before one leaves! Below are 10 different things you MUST do, see, or eat before leaving Madrid!
The roast meat is prepared in an iron wood oven and cooked to perfection! Botín is great restaurant to try meat cooked in this style.
Gran Vía is a large avenue in Madrid which contains different sights and over 100 different shops.
This is a historic square in Madrid which is worth seeing.
The art at the Prado has a huge collection of artwork which tells the history of Spain.
The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium can hold over 80,000 people. It is definitely worth the experience, whether you’re a football fan or not.
You have not lived in Madrid unless you have had tapas. Share some tapas with your friends at your favorite bar.
Take to the sky with a sky cab (teleferico) and see Madrid like you have never seen it.
The royal family does not reside in the royal palace currently, however important events are held there still. Visit while you can, and even go inside!
You have not had churros until you have had Spanish churros! End your dinner or start your morning with churros and chocolate. A very delicious treat!
This flea market is one of a kind. One will find many antique items, as well as, everyday items for great deals!
If you have not done all of these things yet, what are you waiting for? Madrid has theses and so much more to offer. Make the most of your time left and explore the city. These memories will last a life time, and will not regret it!
Spain is a hot country, especially during the summer, and as in many parts of the world, it is a country where climatic factors have played a big role in determining lifestyle.
Spanish eating habits may seem then strange to foreigners! Especially when it is your first time in Spain. The Madrileños are eating much later than other Europeans. With lunch (almuerzo/comida) usually they eat between 1.30 and 4 pm and they will have dinner (cena) around 9 pm or later, but in tourist places dinner is basically served from 7 pm. Most restaurants serve meals between 1 and 4 pm in the afternoon and from 8 pm until midnight. In the remaining hours only a few restaurants will be open for tourists.
When I arrived in Madrid, after a week I was getting used to the Spanish way of eating and my whole way of eating changed immediately. In the afternoon I usually eat around 1.30 pm and in the evening around 9 pm or later. Food is one of the most important things to plan, especially in Spain! So today I’m sharing with you the main facts you need to know about how Spanish meals work and what the usual Spain eating times are.
The breakfast in Spain is not an important meal and is usually during the week a light meal, like a sandwich, toast or croissants and coffee. In the weekend some people eat on Sunday for example churros as breakfast served with hot chocolate. After the breakfast they will have a coffee break between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon.
Lunch is a big deal in Spain and is the most important meal of the day in Spain and takes place between 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm. The Spanish people will eat an extensive meal during the lunch because for dinner they eat only something small like tapas. There is also something that is called ‘’Menú Del Día’’ which is a two to three courses meal with a drink and a dessert included. It cost normally around the 10 euros. For many people is this a cheap way to have an extensive lunch.
Don’t expect to eat dinner at 7 pm. Restaurants open their doors around 8 or 9 pm in the evening, and the restaurants will be open until midnight. Dinner is normally eaten around 9 pm and is usually a lighter meal than lunch. For example in the evening Spanish people prefer to eat some tapas and drinking something. During the summer and on weekends, however, people may sit down for dinner as late as midnight.
It’s advisable during the weekend to book for high class restaurants or any other popular restaurant as they might be full quickly. On the other hand budget restaurants often don’t accept reservations. During the summer people will pay extra service charge for sitting on the terrace outside. Usually shown on the bill as servicio incluido. Even when the service is not including the bill, Spanish people will only give a few small coins.
Shirako in Japanese means “white children” but refers to the sperm sacs of either cod, angler fish or puffer fish. Looking like white blobs of goo or miniature brains, they are said to have a sweet custardy taste.
Corn smut is a fungus that turns normal corn kernels into tumour-like growths covered in blue-black spores. To most people that’s a diseased corncob that needs to be thrown out; to the Mexicans, it’s a culinary speciality. They call it huitlacoche (“sleeping excrement”) and enjoy the woody, earthy flavour of the fungus.
Israel has of late been suffering from a plague of locusts, but fortunately this is the only insect to be considered Kosher, so Israelis have been eradicating the pests in a unique way: by eating them. Deep-fried and chocolate-covered locusts are apparently going down a storm (no pun intended).
Are you having a Halloween party? Here we bring you some recipes and decoration ideas about the ghosts night to make your house look amazing, you will be the perfect host! Besides, it’s so easy you can do it yourself without going crazy about the budget or the materials
- Scary pizza.
This ghosts pizza is so simple! You just have to put pieces of cheese and make a face with pepper, black olives, or anything likely; when it melt it will form this adorable ghosts. For the spiders, cut some green olives in half and add thin stripes as the legs, and that’s it! Now you have this cute scary pizza.
- Monsters custard
To make this dessert all you will need is regular custard, green food coloring and some Oreo cookies. Just mix the custard with the coloring and stir it until it have a uniform color, then paint some monster faces in the glasses with a marker and fill them to the half. To make the hair, crush the cookies into small pieces and add it to the top of the custard. That’s all!
- Bloody shots
This is more presentation than actually a recipe. Put your drinks (preferable a red one) in some syringes or test tubes and present it like that. It is an original and funny way to quench your guests thirst
- Balloon ghosts.
To make this suspended ghosts, take some white balloons and paint in them two eyes, or the complete face of the ghosts, as you like. Then swell them and tie the end. Cover the balloons with a white fabric or a plastic bag and cut the bottom in strips so it look like the ghosts sheets. Now hang them wherever you want, it’s done!
- Jar candles
Super easy! Paint some glass jars in colors and draw pumpkin faces, ghosts, monsters, bats… Imagination power! You can also make mummy jars by bandaging the jar and sticking a couple of eyes on it. Introduce candles and enjoy the beautiful effect it makes.
- Eyeball lights
Grab some Christmas lights and ping-pong balls. Draw an eye to your like in each ball and make a small cross cut in the back of them, then you can introduce the light on the ball. Switch on the lights, ta-da!!
It’s a great thing moving to a new country, but often times you find yourself with an appetite for food from back home or from other countries. And if you find yourself in Madrid wondering where to shop and find international markets below is a list of some places you’ll love. All of these markets are scattered throughout Madrid, they have a large selection of products from the country of origin that will make your taste buds dance.
Awesome products from Asia that will make your Wok pop!
There is nothing better than fresh pasta!
Can’t say no to a juicy sausage link.
Brits have some great tea and crumpets.
There is nothing, NOTHING better than some Mexican food.
Let’s eat till we pop.
Fantastic herbs and spices.
Spain is famously know for its Mediterranean cuisine, but after dancing and drinking till 6 am the food of choice for the drunk will surprise you.
1. Burgers. The greasier the better!
2. Pizza. With extra cheese please!
3. Kebab. Who says no to a kebab at 6am?
5. Hot Dogs. With extra everything.
6. Churros & Hot chocolate. These are a great idea during winter.
It is time to put your apron on and cook one of the most delicious Spanish dishes – Paella Mixta!
Here is what you need:
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon saffron threads
6 cups of chicken broth, the stronger the better
8 jumbo shrimp, in their shells
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 skinned, boned chicken thighs, cut in half
2 links of chorizo, cut in about 1/2 inch 2 cm – thick slices
1 slice of Jamon Serrano
2 cups of finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 cup of canned tomatoes, chopped in half
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
5 large garlic cloves, minced
3 cups short grain Spanish rice
1 cup of frozen green peas
5 tablespoons of chopped parsley
8 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/2 cup of lemon juice
Lemon wedges to finish it up!
First make the spice mix, for that mix in a small bowl 1 cup of the chopped fresh parsley, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 large cloves of minced garlic and set it aside. Then combine water, saffron, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Set it aside, but keep it warm over low heat.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Put the chicken thighs in the skillet and saute for couple of minutes on both sides and then remove it from the pan. Add sausage and jamon Serrano into the pan and saute for 2 minutes and then remove it from the pan, add the shrimp, saute for couple of minutes and remove from the pan.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add onion and bell pepper, saute for about 15 minutes, don’t forget to stir! Add tomatoes, paprika, and 3 garlic cloves; cook for 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook it for a minute stirring occasionally. Slowly stir in the herb blend, and all the ingredients that we have set aside before and do not forget to add peas. Bring it to a low boil and keep cooking for 10 minutes. Add mussels to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook until shells open. Arrange shrimp, and cook until shrimp are done. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Remove from heat, cover with a towel, and let stand 10 minutes. Do not forget to add the lemon wedges when serving for extra kick!