Okay, so I am five days into Spain and everything is still going great! I've realized that the biggest adjustments I have had to make are to the little things that make up the cultural differences between Spain and the US.
-For example, I always thought it was strange (last time that I was in Spain) that my host mom went to the grocery store 4-5 times a week. I thought that seemed like such a waste, why didn't she just do one big trip a week? Now, I realize it is because when you are walking everywhere, you can't weigh yourself down with multiple bags. So, this is something I'm already getting used to; going to the grocery store on regular basis.
-Another thing I have to get used to is buying my water. The water is dirty here, but it is very hard and is the best for drinking. I've calculated that I drink about a liter a day, which is less than I normally would in the U.S., but I have less access to it so it's just how it is for now.
-It's weird to me that one of my roommates (Ana) gets home at 2 everyday even though she is a full time teacher. The work day here is much shorter 8-2 or so for most people. My other roommate (Carmen Maria) works 7:30-4, but its because she works at a private school, so they determine their work hours.
-Somethings in the U.S. we have become so used to that we think it is normal, but to others, it is completely foreign. For example, this last week I found out that my roommates have never heard of peanut butter, a bagel or a gingerbread house. My roommates have been introducing me to things that are a part of their normal diets like gaspacho (cold soup) and salmorejo (a mixture of pulverized bread, egg, ham and milk). Luckily, I liked both (and that wasn't my first experience with gaspacho).
-Finally you know how we eat our cereal cold in the US? Like, dry cereal with cold milk? NOT HERE. Nope, they thought I was weird for during that. My roommates put their cornflakes in a bowl with milk and then continue to HEAT IT UP! Seems so strange to me, but once again, just a slight cultural difference!
|Ana on the left, Carmen Maria on the right with glasses of gaspacho and a bowl of salmorejo|