I love Spanish culture
After touching on the things your average American doesn’t like about the Spanish culture (here and here), I decided to compile a list of reasons why I love Spanish culture, starting here. Let’s continue, shall we?
Standard of living
To give you a rough estimate of how cheap it is to live in Spain, my rent, food, and transportation cost me about 300 euros a month. I told you before how cheap public transportation can get in Madrid. When I lived just outside the city and only had to fend for myself, costs were always stupid low.
This is probably the number one thing my American friends have raved about when talking about how they love Spanish culture. Coming from the American culture, where you’re always on the go and we have to be productive constantly, Spain’s culture really is a breath of fresh air. My favorite example is the police: I rarely heard sirens or saw any crazy cop action while in Spain, but a bunch of cops standing around socializing was a common sight. When in America, I’ll usually stiffen up and make sure I’m driving the speed limit and not looking guilty at all (I can’t be the only one, right?). In Spain? Pft, I’m checking the cops out!
Spain is safe
Why are the cops standing around socializing? Because the country is safe. I often tell stories of grabbing my male roommate to go to Target with me because I’m afraid to go alone (yeah, in America). In Spain? I traveled across the country alone without a care in the world! A single woman in the center of the city after midnight? What’s your point?
Spain is ancient. I talked briefly before about the history of Spain’s architecture, and I want to reiterate it here. I love Spanish culture – how you can look at a building and, with a basic knowledge of Spanish history, understand what was going on in the country when the building was built, and who built it. Even some of Spain’s more modern architecture, which boasts a fusion of cultures because of just how many cultures have wandered through the country, has a story to tell.
To live in the Spanish culture is to be happy right where you are. No need to stress about the next best thing – why not be content with your present? Culture quirks that are unique to Spain, like spending hours at a restaurant, are the perfect representation of why I love Spanish culture: enjoy life, and don’t worry about the things you can’t control.