It's true when they say a year comes and goes in a blink of an eye. I personally think it seems that way when the year comes to an end. My one year stay in Spain flipped as if it was a page in a book. It seemed so fast yet so still. And out of all the places I was fortunate to visit while living there, I found basic constants from city to city. Sooner than I thought, I too picked up these habits, all of which I use today. These four specific one's, you'll most likely end up doing on your visit...
1. Have a coffee break...10, 15, maybe 30 mins
I completed my work-study in Madrid as an office assistant. When the clock struck 10 am (or 11 am...can't remember), the officials would step away from their work and head to the cafe for un copa de café...a cup of coffee. I knew I had at least fifteen mins to myself because this was customary for everyone...okay, maybe not everyone because I'm still in the office (someone has to hold the ship down, eh). Still, this was, and still is a crucial part of the day for Spaniards...so much so you'll soon find yourself adapting to the break when you take your trip.
2. Eat tapas...and be merry
After a day of work, class, study or lengthy activity, you'll stop by a bar or café for cerveza, vino o quizás café. And when you do order your drink, you'll receive complementary sorts of whatever tapas being served. Don't under estimate, eh. These are not 'muchy-muchy-tings'...these tapas are filling (side-note, they are huge in Grenada). My favorite has to be croquettas-vegetariano and tortilla de patata. Que. Bueno.
3. Go for a stroll discovering a garden...or two
España is filled with architecture galore. My favorite thing to do was to simply admire the scenery. The palace, the gardens, the museums, the country is filled with tones of adventures to the point where you'll find yourself walking for miles on end.
4. Picking up on the colloquial language
Being that I lived in Spain for a year, you can say I picked up on a lot of colloquial quotes. And big thanks to Leti and Bea (host primas) for helping me out with my pronunciations....even though they'd laugh a bit.... #kids. From 'Hombre', to 'que chulo' and, 'ni fu ni fa', the list of quotes is seriously endless. And it has a Spanish dent when you carry these sayings outside of Spain herself. Even today living in London, I find myself unconsciously keeping up my colloquial speech.
What things have you found yourself doing endlessly in Spain?