Friday, May 29, 2009

You know you've lived in Spain when....

- the earliest you eat dinner is 10pm
- you don't go out to clubs until 1am because it's deserted before then
- you start thinking it's a good idea to add lemon Fanta or coca cola to red wine
- ham, potatoes and tuna make up a significant part of your diet
- every vegetarian dish you order has tuna on it
- you feel naked without your scarf
- the metro is your mode of transportation, and you know it like the back of your hand
- people think it's weird how much fruit you eat
- you get dressed up to go to school
- Saturday and Sunday mornings do not exist, because you've slept through them all
- paella becomes a normal thing to eat
- you see little old couples and people with their babies out tapas hopping... in the middle of the night
- beer is cheaper than Coke Light
- your professors say Fijous so much that you stop hearing it
- you say "buenos dias" until 6pm, then transition to "buenas tardes..."
- somehow you master the art of saying "hasta luego" like a real madrilena
- you know what the bujo is, and have taken it home
- random men tell you that you're "guapa" and as for a kiss. In the middle of the day
- you stop making eye contact with anyone in a discoteca because to the guys here, that means you want to dance/make out/go home with them.
- old men sipping whiskey in a discoteca is a normal occurence.
- tortilla espanola is a staple of your diet, and you start calling it "tortilla" for short
- Mexican food is expensive, and this alarms you
- you forget words in English more often than in Spanish
- the past tense in English confuses you a little, whereas before you didn't even think about it
- drinking on a Monday night is completely normal, and expected
- you start to recognize the beggars and entertainers from the metro
- you know Madrid based on metro stops
- you have eaten at: Cien Montaditos, Donor Kebap, Museo del Jamon, El Tigre
- the tourists come and you start talking about how annoying Americans are...
- Retiro is the best place to be, especially with a picnic and wine
- you can recite: "Atencion, estacion en curva. Al salir, tengan cuidado para no introducir el pie entre coche y anden"
- you know more about Spanish celebrities than American
- watching the news is an expected daily ritual
- you talk about the newscasters when watching the news
- it crosses your mind that you will have to start saying "thank you" 100 times a day when you go back home.
- it becomes instinct to respond "a ti" after "Gracias"
- certain things are hard to translate back to English... like ganas
- to emphasize something, you add "super" before it. I.E. supermagnifico
- instead of "a lot" you say "un monton"
- you become politically incorrect like the rest of them and call the corner shops "chinos"
- you realize that when someone says "chino" they could be talking about anyone in asia, the middle east, etc.
- you have favorite kiosks at the Rastro
- at a club, you order rum & coke or vodka limon. And are prepared to pay 10 euro for it.
- you have participated in a botellon!!
- just like the Spaniards, you start commenting on everyone's appearance
- people start coming up to you on the street or in the metro and asking you for directions in Spanish. Because you are that cool
- sometimes, you can't remember if the conversation you just had was in English or Spanish
- you ask for directions to somewhere 10 minutes away, and you are advised to take the metro there.
- you have eaten churros con chocolate at 5am after dancing at Joy.
- Irish pubs are a favorite hangout
- you are surrounded by mullets. The 80s/90s have JUST hit Spain
- it is normal to hear a remix of Grease in a discobar
- you know the words to all the popular Spanish songs they play at clubs
- you know what Eurovision is and have watched it
- it becomes appparent that although Ryaniar is cheap, it's not worth it. At all.
- you consider flying to Austria for 2 days like it's nothing
- leche de pantera is a good idea
- you can order beer in a fishbowl - yes, that big.
- you get annoyed when waiters try to speak to you in English
- Cafe con Leche is a staple and you frantically wonder how to get it at home
- it's obvious that McDonalds is 100 times better here than at home
- you wonder, for a brief moment, if being barefoot can actually make you sick
- you have shopped at: Zara, Blanco, Springfield, Stradivarius.
- you fall in love with the country, and wish you could drag California out right next to it.

Muchos besos a ti, Espana! Te amo siempre. And now, I'm off to enjoy Friday and Saturday in Madrid before I come home Sunday. I am so excited to come home, I miss you all :)

1 comment:

Allidink said...

Did you make all that up? It gave me many LOLz! Especially about the men hahaha

LOVE U