1. You think noon is at 12pm.
We know it is. Technically. But reality is different in Spain: noon (mediodía) means lunch time, which could be anytime between 1:30 and 4pm. If you’re meeting someone in the afternoon (por la tarde), it will never be earlier than 4:30pm. And, remember, dinner is rarely before 9pm. How do we manage to get there without starving in the way? Thanks to one of our best customs: merienda (an afternoon snack, between 6 and 7:30pm).