“Magnana” and the eternal holiday in the soul
Spain is a unique country, including thanks to its inhabitants. People here live in a relaxed rhythm, enjoy the momentary and without remorse postpone things for tomorrow. They dine only in the company, violently discussing the most ordinary things. Spaniards can talk for 15 minutes with the cashier and even create a traffic jam, communicating with a familiar passer-by. And they can start talking to strangers on the street like old friends. UNIAN.Tourism understood the Spanish customs, knowledge of which will help you to adapt better while traveling around the country and win over the locals. Every trip, especially if you go to it on your own, it’s not just races to the sights, entertainment in clubs or relaxing on the beach. It is also communication with the locals and the knowledge of another culture. Somewhere these differences are less noticeable, somewhere more. Somewhere the locals are condescending to visitors, and somewhere you can get into real trouble, inadvertently insulting the indigenous population. And then, going on a trip to a particular country, it is better not to be lazy and try to learn the main local features and traditions inherent only to it. So, Amigos, meet Spain. Friendliness representatives of many nationalities and religions get along well in Spain. That is why people here are very open and friendly. No wonder that, according to the popular service Booking.com Spain was among the ten countries with the most friendly locals. Representatives of post-Soviet countries are often surprised and even alarmed by such simplicity and ease of communication. But if you are going to Spain, it is necessary to take this into account. Spaniards – one of the most friendly people in the world / Photo pexels.com Do not be afraid if strangers come up to you on the street and start a long conversation about life, food, children, anything. It’s common here. Read also Etiquette, gestures, prohibitions: what you need to know before traveling to different countries (video) Queues in the Spanish supermarket often turn into an endless wait for the moment when the cashier will run out of friends. In this case, the conversation becomes interested in everything around, not even thinking to rave, to be rude or to call the administrator, as is the case with us. Conversation Spaniards speak quickly and emotionally, often in a fit of surging emotions can strongly gesticulate. It is quite natural for a Spaniard to address a stranger on the “you”. It is believed that this is due to the democratization of society that occurred in Spain after the death of dictator Franco in 1975. On “you” to each other are treated not only students and educators, but and representatives different generations, and also strangers. Do not be afraid if during the conversation the Spaniards come to you as close as possible – so they show that the interlocutor is pleasant to them. In General, the Spaniards are lovers of tactile sensations. Here we decided to meet, to hug each other for a long time patting shoulders, kissing “cheeks”. But the negative emotions of the Spaniards on the contrary hide, considering the problem a matter of purely personal and subjective. Spaniards rarely seen without a mood / Photo pexels.com the Spaniards don’t speak to strangers like our “young man” or “girl”, “man” or “woman”. Hotheaded people use more refined treatment. For example, local women call each other” Reina “(reina), which means”Queen”. Also, do not be surprised if you hear in relation to yourself “guapa” or “Guapo” (guapa/guapo), which translates as “beautiful” and “handsome”. So in Spain say almost everything – from sellers in grocery stores to passers-by on the street. Between friends and lovers spread the appeal of “mi Corazon” (mi Corazon), translated as “my heart”. Also very popular appeal “mi Vida” (mi vida), meaning “my life.” Don’t be surprised if the market in Spain you will call “guapa” / Photo unsplash.com “Manana” for all its emotionality, the Spaniards are a very slow people. They never really in a hurry and live a fairly measured life, can easily be late for an appointment. And if you want to” pull ” the Spaniard for a walk or a business meeting during a Siesta, be prepared that your offer will either be ignored or you just offended. Read also Barcelona firsthand: walking the narrow streets and incredible sunsets Punctuality is not a strong point of the inhabitants of this southern country. One of the main words I associate with Spaniards is mañana. In Spanish, “magnana” means “tomorrow”, but in practice, this” tomorrow ” often comes only a few days. The question ” when?”the Spaniards always say ‘magnana’. So, if you do not deliver the promised order the next day, do not worry too much. Spaniards in General are about punctuality is very peculiar. Spanish bars Bars – a favorite place of the Spaniards / Photo unsplash.com How to speak Spanish in every Spanish city, town and village has a Church and at least one bar. Spaniards do not like to gather at home (except for traditional family holidays). They enjoy spending time in bars with their families. The Spaniards are not accepted snacks at work, for this they go to the nearest bar in the middle of the day, than a lot of surprise foreigners. You may also be struck by the habit of dropping napkins and crumbs on the floor, especially in the bar area. For Spaniards, the presence of such” garbage ” is evidence of the great popularity of the institution, which is certainly worth a visit. If you read international forums, you will see such a term as”Spanish service”. Among tourists, it is considered synonymous with the immense sloppiness in the service sector. If the restaurant brought you what you ordered – this is a great success. And if it’s fast, you’re probably not in Spain. Service in small restaurants are not at the top level / Photos pexels.com Myself witnessed a situation in a restaurant when a friend ordered a salad with shrimp and got chicken. After comments from the client, she not only did not change the order, but also convinced that the chicken is much tastier. Local explain this by the fact that in tourist cities in food establishments very high attendance, and the waiters just can not cope. Therefore, visiting the Spanish cafes, relax and just enjoy the rest and food. She’s here just delicious, no matter under what “sauce” is served. Holidays in Spain very like holidays, with any – public or religious, for Spaniard this no matter. The main thing is that there is a reason to have fun and make noise. The feast of the Magi in Barcelona for Christmas / Photo google.com for Example, in Barcelona practical every week there is a festival, a masquerade or a parade. People are happy to change clothes, put on funny masks and go downtown to hang out. Others participate in the performance themselves. In Spain the holidays taken in the main street to have a parade. Dancers, celebrities, circus performers, actors on stilts in huge costumes – all pass along the enthusiastic crowd. Read also the Island of eternal spring: travel to Tenerife without tour operators For example, the festival Of running bulls gives the opportunity to locals to show their hot temperament and courage. Before the bullfight, fighting bulls are released into the streets of the cities and crowds of desperate daredevils run away from the angry animals. The audience at the same time enthusiastically watching such a dangerous entertainment. Yes, in Spain they know how to have fun. The running of the bulls in the streets of Pamplona / Photo google.com Or another famous occasion. In Valencia, on the last Wednesday of August, the festival La Tomatina is organized, where everyone selflessly throws fresh tomatoes at each other. There are so many tomatoes that the streets of the city turn red. And at the end of the tomato war, the participants are washed from the hoses of fire engines. Then all together go on big picnics. La Tomatina festival in the town Banjole / Photo nationalgeographic.com La Tomatina Festival in the town Banjole / Photo nationalgeographic.com the Spaniards love to celebrate that every citizen of this country has two birthdays. The first is the real one, and the second (much more important) is the name day, as there is no person in Spain unnamed in honor of any Saint. This is another reason to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, fourth cousins, as well as their immediate and non-immediate family. As a result, a family holiday, as the Spaniards love, turns into a mass celebration. 12 grapes for the New year each country has its own funny Christmas habits. In Spain, on new year’s eve during the chimes should eat 12 grapes – one for each stroke. On pre-holiday days, the stores even sell special grape Christmas sets, which allows you to buy grapes in advance. Sets of grapes in Spanish stores before the New year / Photo Veronica Cordon this activity is very funny, because as a result, the Spaniards enter the New year with a mouthful of grapes. It is almost impossible to eat all 12 berries by the time the clock stops striking. That’s why people usually stay with their mouths full. At this point, everyone starts looking at each other and laughing. It is believed that if you manage to eat 12 grapes in time, then all 12 months of next year will be successful. Read also Dizzying and beautiful: a fabulous trip to the mountain of Montserrat near Barcelona This tradition is observed not only at home but also in restaurants, where in the run-up to midnight waiters carry grapes to visitors. The Siesta Habit of afternoon rest, better known as” Siesta”, exists in all regions of Spain. The duration of this holiday is different everywhere. It can be as a short 15-minute break after lunch at the office worker, and two-hour measured sleep at the resident of the small town. Spaniards believe that Siesta has a positive effect on health.