Meet our expats: Agnes Rogalinsk

27 December 2017 0 Comments Category: blog, Living in Spain, TNS Amigos

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Everyone here spends all day singing and dancing! Although I already knew a lot about Spain after having visited the country lots of times and studied at a Spanish university to become a teacher, I always imagined the happy Spain, with the party spirit and never-ending summer.

I came here for love and then I made the most of the opportunity to study another degree.

But once I settled in and things started getting serious, I learned that you have to work here too, and maybe even more so than in other countries. I’ve lived in different places and I’m a fan of many cities, although it depends on the time of year: in the summer I’m drawn to the east of Spain, in spring/autumn I love cities, and in winter, the mountain (preferably covered in snow).

Every city has its own charm, depending on what you’re looking for at a particular time. I love Spanish omelette –the more traditional, the better– and deep-fried fish. I still struggle with the word “llueve”. In saying that, I don’t have to use it that much as it hardly ever rains here. Circumstances permitting, you can live really well in Spain. I suppose that applies to everywhere really, although it’s true guys, the weather here is great and the sun is always out. And that makes a big difference to life. In terms of negatives, well it depends…but when something is not going how you expected it to go, you blame the country, the natives, the mentality etc. I’m not a fan of ALWAYS eating white bread nor how they run the health centres here. ´

Why do they queue for everything (the butchers, the bus stop)? Do they not know how to organise themselves and keep some sort of internal order? And the noise, at all hours, on every corner… But then, for example, I’m surprised at how quiet the Easter processions are, which for many people have a deep meaning. It’s also nice to see families taking a stroll together, especially on Sundays, from the baby to the great grandparents. Family and more family.

There are still many places left to discover, and every time I visit a place I find something new, something I wasn’t expecting, whether in terms of food (in Spain they also eat a lot of potatoes made in many different ways), or the nature of the people (I guess there are serious and cold people here after all).

“Madre mía” is the expression I associate most with Spain – mothers here are and always will be a huge part of families. I don’t know if I would go back to my country because we always want what we don’t have, and when we finally have it, we don’t appreciate it.

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