How to be more European
As I’ve returned back to the United States from Europe, I’ve noticed some lifestyle changes that occurred in Europe that I want to bring back. While there are plenty of things I don’t like about the Spanish culture, there are plenty of cultural differences I love that I don’t necessarily have to leave in Spain. I can be a European no matter where I am!
The American culture is so inactive that getting exercise is a trendy hobby! I’d attempted to be more physically active time and time again, but always got so bored. However, moving to Spain and living as a European forced me to be more active and showed me a lifestyle that I can’t leave behind. You know the whole “60 minutes of activity a day” scheme? Do it! Ever since coming home from Europe, I go on an hour walk every morning; it’s not much, but believe me when I say it’s all it takes.
I’ve touched on this before: Europeans are incredibly well-dressed, and that definitely rubbed off on me. I make an effort to wear a skirt and flats when I can, instead of going back into my everyday jeans and tank top look I used to wear. It’s not nearly as commonplace in America, so it does give me a little confidence boost, knowing that I present myself better than a lot of people around me.
Find other travelers
While living in Spain, I got to talking more to friends, and even mutual friends, that I hadn’t ever really spoken with before. Europe is a great mutual interest to have, and one of my favorite things to talk about is differences in culture – between American culture, Spanish culture, European culture in general, or even another culture that I’m not as familiar with. When I talk to these friends, it helps keep me connected with the things that I don’t want to just forget about now that I’ve left Spain.