Though I love this country and it really starts to feel like my home away from home, I must admit there are a couple of things I dislike a tiny little bit.
Please don’t take this too seriously, since I wrote this after living in Spain less than one year and homesickness just hits me from time to time.
1. Time. It is pretty much common knowledge that Spanish people are always late, but still, it is hard to get used to it. I am a Dutch girl and rather 10 minutes early than 5 minutes late. But you really shouldn’t be surprised if your “date” doesn’t show up at the prearranged time. 10 minutes late is normal, you should start worrying after 15 minutes.
2. Customer service. Well, let’s just say that the elevator in our apartment still hasn’t been fixed after more than eight months.
3. Group conversations. As I am not really fluent (yet) in Spanish I sometimes have no idea what other people are talking about. And Spaniards like to talk out loud, for some reason. So this one time I really thought a group of persons were having a fight, while they were actually discussing the shortest way to the metro station. Like, why does it always have to be so loud? Why do you have to beat another person in volume, just wait your turn.
4. Parties. I love partying and partying was pretty much the reason to first come here, back in 2011. But in Spain parties are a little different, great, but different. You start getting together with friends for dinner and drinks around 9/10pm, but you will not leave to a disco before 1 or 2 am. (In the Netherlands parties end around 3/4 am.) This means you will not sleep before 7 in the morning and your next day is completely ruined because of a hangover. Also, compared to other countries, alcohol is pretty cheap here. I know it is not an excuse, but it doesn’t help avoiding a headache the next day.
5. Bureaucracy. Enough said.
6. The weather. I hear you thinking “how could you hate the Spanish weather?” Well, it is not summer I am complaining about, it is “winter”. As a Dutch girl I expect rain, wind and cold in the winter months of the year and, let’s be honest, sometimes I really enjoy that. So, when in the beginning of december I was wearing a shirt outside (this happened in Andalusia) and still getting hot, I got a little upset.
7. Two kisses. I am not sure if it is a me-thing or a Dutch thing, but my friends, family and I don’t have the need to kiss each other regularly. Even if we haven’t seen each other for a whole week. But here you are expected to kiss everybody, everywhere, always and it is even a way of introducing yourself to a stranger. I don’t get it, but you better get used to it as you might offend some people if you don’t give them dos besos.
8. I actually can’t think of a number eight.
9. Spain is not The Netherlands. This is probably the only reason for writing this post. All things I mentioned are a little annoying and I will have to get used to them, but they are not that big of a deal. It is just the fact that I miss home sometimes, having chocolate sprinkles for breakfast, dinner at 6pm and rain to complain about.
10. But (of course) the most annoying thing of all is that I do not hate Spain at all. And I might stay here for a little longer.