Posts tagged spanish culture
Black in Spain: Beauty Standards and Exoticisms

As a black person living in a country like Spain where the population is largely homogenous – at least in outward appearance – it’s not an uncommon occurrence to find out that you’ve instantly become a walking museum exhibit. For many, you’re one of the few chances they have to get an up-close look – or touch – of this rarely-seen specimen that is a black person. Does that mean it’s ok for someone to breach your personal space for a rub of your skin or a grab at your hair? No. But it does help explain why it’s happening. 

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What to Expect When Traveling to Spain: Culture & Etiquette

When you travel abroad, recognizing the cultural context in which you'll be entering should be a top priority. Why? You'll only be visiting for X amount of time! Right? Wrong. It's vital to be aware of the cultural context of your destination because not following said rules-- whether spoken or written-- can make for an uncomfortable or even lousy holiday.

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Are Spanish Tapas Worthy of UNESCO Status? Here's What You Need To Know!

What would make something that sounds as simple as a bite sized dish UNESCO worthy? While I don’t pretend to be an expert, there are plenty of aspects of tapas that make them culturally unique in their own right. Weigh in! Do you think that Spanish tapas are worthy of UNESCO recognition?

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Forget What You Heard! Here's the Scoop on Breakfast In Spain

Spanish breakfast is brilliant! Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why it is so? Most of us are used to the “real” breakfast. You know, the heavy, greasy stuff; bacon, pancakes, sausages, etc. That too has its merits but there is something about a small Spanish breakfast that seems to do the job. To be able to appreciate it to the fullest, it is imperative that you do it right. 

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6 Things the U.S. Could Learn From Spain

Spain has opened me up to a lot of new experiences. As I began to fit into Spanish culture, I realized that Spain does things a bit differently from the U.S. In fact, there are a lot of things that I feel that the United States could actually learn from Spain and even adopt. That’s right. You’ve cheated me out of good soda for far too long, U.S. (See #4.)

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Musings of an American Working in Spain

I recently reflected on my experience quitting my job here in Madrid. You can check out the prequel here. Although it was a difficult time in my life, it wasn’t in vain: there were several lessons that I learned from the process. I’d like to share a few here with you all, dear readers, because you may find yourself jumping into the Spanish workforce and with no context whatsoever.

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