Dismantling Myths about the Spanish (I)

18 July 2017 0 Comments Category: Just Landed

Dismantling Myths about the Spanish

Dancing ‘sevillanas’, taking siestas and paella are some of the most common things that spring to mind when we think about the Spanish. But how true are the views other hold of us? In Typical Non-Spanish, we are going to clarify which of these stereotypes aren’t true.

Dancing Flamenco and Sevillanas

Not everyone does: these are traditional dances from the south of Spain and you might be surprised to know that not even all Andalusians dance them. It isn’t just about sevillanas and flamenco – other areas of Spain also have their own regional dances and similarly, not everyone knows the moves. In Madrid, they have the ‘Chotis,’ in Aragon – the ‘Jota,’ while in Catalunya they dance the ‘Sardana.’

Having siestas everyday

The siesta is one of the great Spanish inventions, but people don’t take them all that much and certainly not every day since it usually coincides with working hours. On holiday however, it’s definitely okay to catch a few zzzs after a meal.

Sangria and More Sangria

It’s not something the Spanish drink that often. In fact, most people prefer beer, a glass of red wine and – for cooling down in high temperatures – a good GAZPACHO.

Paella is a Typical Spanish Dish

Paella is typical for Valencia, since in Spain, each region has its own dishes. There’s traditional Madrilenian stew, ‘salmorejo’, a creamy tomato-based soup from Cordoba, ‘pulpo a la gallega’ (a typical octopus dish from Galicia to you and I.) But the tortilla is without doubt the most common dish, ubiquitous throughout Spain.

Olive Skin, Brunettes and Dark Hair

In Spain, you’ll come across both brunettes with blue eyes as well as blonde-haired people with green eyes and brunettes with brown eyes of course. A lot of people don’t fit the ‘brown hair with brown eyes’ mould. And I’ll stress – not everyone looks like Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas.

There Are Fiestas Every Day

Spain is widely-renowned for its popular fiestas. These local festivals take place in all Spanish cities and millions of people from countries all over the world flock to the country year after year to enjoy the festivities. Amongst the most famous are Las Fallas de Valencia, Los San Fermines de Pamplona or La Feria de Abril de Sevilla, but that’s not to say everyone goes since the majority happen during working hours.

It’s Always Hot

Spain is a Mediterranean country and thanks to its geographical location it boasts a variety of different climates. Thus, the Balearics and the southern coastline have a more Mediterranean climate, while the north has a more Atlantic one, which is characterized by consistent rainfall year-round and low temperatures. Meanwhile, central areas of Spain have a continental climate with very cold winters and extremely hot summers.

Bullfighting Enthusiasts

Some people are, yes. But the majority aren’t. In fact, there are anti-bullfighting associations throughout Spain and in regions like Catalunya and the Canary Islands bullfighting is in fact banned.

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