1. Being surprised to see children at bars
Everything in Spain operates on a slightly later schedule than in America. For that reason, it’s not weird to see whole families — little kids included — out at restaurants or bars eating dinner at 9 or 10 at night, or later. This would have been way past my bedtime when I was a child.
At first, I was shocked (even scandalized) to see children running between my legs while their parents enjoyed beers and tapas. But once I got over the initial surprise, I didn’t mind it at all. I think it’s nice that young parents can have an active social life without having to stress about finding a sitter. The adults get to have a beer or two with friends and family, and the kids get to play with their buddies — sounds like a win/win to me.