20 Moments You'll Experience in Spain

Spain Travel
by Katrine Damgaard & Jan Matheu Sep 7, 2015
1. When you manage to roll your R’s:

"I deserve a pat on the back."

2. When you find out Spain has the most bars in Europe:

Something dawns on Cruella de Vil and causes her to smile sinisterly

3. When you aren’t used to physical contact as part of casual conversation:

Two people back away in disgust and fear

(Pro tip: In Spain, it’s common to stand very close, gesticulate, and pat each other on the shoulder when conversing.)

4. When you ask for a beach that isn’t overcrowded:

Tell me!

5. When you ask for the paella recipe:

A guy wiggles his fingers. "Magic."

(Pro tip: Paella is the iconic rice dish from Valencia — if we explained how to make it, you probably wouldn’t understand.)

6. When you get to talk to the Flamenco dancers and musicians:

"You're awesome"

7. When you realize that bullfighting is forbidden in Catalonia:

Obama slaps a table, "It is law."

(Pro tip: Corridas de toros occur all over Spain except in the region around Barcelona.)

8. When someone tells you about Gaudí:

A woman nods to indicate understanding

9. When you have a sangria hangover:

Woman takes a sip from a glass. "Who cares?"

(Pro tip: Sangria is a delicious fruity wine that you can’t stop drinking, and that you’ll almost always regret the next morning.)

10. When it’s siesta time!

A fat cat flops over onto its back

11. When you learn that “de puta madre” means “very good”:

Perplexed man utters: "How do you begin to explain something that you can't even understand yourself?"

(Pro tip: Puta means “whore,” and madre means “mother,” but this phrase somehow expresses admiration. Don’t confuse it with “tu puta madre,” which is really offensive.)

12. When you taste Jamón Serrano:

"I love food more than I love people."

13. When you discover how many music festivals happen year-round:

"Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?"

14. When you look at the unemployment statistics:

"Are you fucking kidding me?"

15. When you tell a Catalan or a Galician that their languages are just dialects:

"You did look like an idiot."

(Pro tip: In Spain there’s one official national language, Spanish, and three more official languages depending on the region.)

16. When you’re dining on pintxos in Euskadi:

A dog gets crazy eyes while looking at a plate of cupcakes.

(Pro tip: Pintxos are small portions of sophisticated food in Basque Country.)

17. When you hear someone speaking Euskera:

"I don't get it! I'm sorry, I just--I don't get it!"

(Pro tip: Euskera, or Basque, is the language spoken in the Basque Country and Navarra. It is considered to be the oldest language in Europe.)

18. When you get hooked on the ‘interesting’ nightlife in Madrid:

"I don't want to live in real life. It's too harsh, too brutal."

19. When you get tapas with every caña!


(Pro tip: Every beer comes with a small portion of food, especially in southern Spain.)

20. When you see drunk tourists running with the bulls at Sanfermines:

Keyboard cat: "I have no idea what I'm doing."


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