10 SPAIN CULTURE SHOCKS | Expat Life in Spain

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100 Replies to “10 SPAIN CULTURE SHOCKS | Expat Life in Spain”

  1. I am French and I do not peel kiwi fruit because I find the peel absolutely yummy, but I am an exception here. My family or friends peel kiwi fruit. I just rub them on my leg to remove as much of their little hair as I can before eating them. 🥝🥝🥝🥝

  2. I think we stare at people just becouse we are a very visual human beings and cos we like gossiping and to obtain the most information at possible from and about people.

  3. Hola!
    Thanks for the video… but as you said at the very beginning, you'd insist more that you are living in Madrid's area, because most of the things you comment are really linked to that part of the country. I live on the East Coast and, trust me, some of the things you commented on shock me too when I'm there visiting friends (and I have also talk about this with them and spend some laughs on the differences).
    So, to be fair with the people who watch your (wonderful and fresh) videos, you'd insist on that 'I live in…' part before giving some ideas that'd help not to people visiting other parts of the country.

  4. now I am confused about the loudness of some nationalities, there are European youtubers that complain americans are loud but this is the first time I hear that Spaniards are loud, maybe it is regional or individual–I don't know–i'm guessing

  5. Your video makes me miss Europe so much! 
    Im Ukrainian living in Canada… but I still do the locked eye gaze thing LOL 
    And I remember how uncomfortable I felt when ppl use to ask me "What do you do" before getting to know me first. That to me always felt disrespectful.

  6. I think some things about us are related to how friendly we are, like touching the other’s arm when talking, and so

  7. And actually, listening to something in public out loud is very disrespectful, and it’s just that people around them are too shy or anything to tell them off.

  8. Is a latin thing!! Any spanish speaking country would do that, I see that we adopted that with the colonization!! haha

  9. I'm a latin girl, I'm from Venezuela, living in Mexico. We venezuelans are very very close people, we touch all the time, even after 5 seconds talking with you if you are an unknown people. Mexicans from this place (center of Mexico) are reserved, they put a bubble around them. They always smile, that's true, but they keep themselves afar. It takes long time to have a friendly conection with a mexican, even we both are latin people. Strangers living at my country (Venezuela) love living there, we are very very similar to spanish people, all the time smiling, all the time telling jokes, all the time dancing and laughing. I love Spain!

  10. Funny about the kiwi fruit – the outside LOOKS prickly and fuzzy but really does not feel or taste prickly/fuzzy when you eat it.

  11. Hahahahah I'm portuguese and I found that toxoplasmosis pregnant test so funny!! It's so funny and soooo Spanish guys!! We don't do it. Spanish people they die without jamon!!! Hahaha Im pretty sure italians don't do that either.

  12. You made me laugh! I am from Uruguay living in Canada, when I go to Uruguay my mother hates that we leave the shoes at the door. She goes crazy seeing my kids barefoot. Mind you, in Uruguay and probably Spain , most floors are tile so they are always cold. Bringing kids to a restaurant: I use to do that when I first moved to Canada and I would get really bad looks. Also , if you bring kids to the supermarket after 9 pm you are seen as a really bad parent. In Canada kids are actually never seen in a fancy restaurant, they are only aloud in a family restaurant and if it is after 9 pm you start getting weird looks . I never understood if it is a religious thing or what, but it's like if kids don't belong to the night and it is a mortal sin to let your kids sleep late. Thanks for the video

  13. Hey. Here in the UK I would say it is the same, we do the whole personal space thing. Well, unless you have a dog or cat, no such thing as personal space when you have animals ha

  14. I am an Indian. I would like to know about some bad Spanish people…Talking about this before I would like to say sorry….Because I'm going to talk about racism. I felt bad on some Spanish friends. They don't know how to show their racism to black skin people (Including me).
    If you don't like..then, do it some professional way.

  15. You hit the nail on the head. Growing up as an Italian (in NYC), my family was very similar with our mannerisms and way of communicating (say what came to mind and always using our hands to talk/ touch when communicating). The interesting part is that you will find that others in the same country (in states) in other regions such as the South will not always understand this is a cultural thing as they have their own culture/ way of doing things. For example, instead of saying they don't like something directly, they will either say nothing or try to insult you with a sweet voice and a smile. It is very interesting how culture can vary greatly even in the same country from coast to coast even. I have learned (and still learn everyday) that we just need to understand the culture of other people/ places so we don't misunderstand things! Keeps things interesting as you are always in study mode:-).

  16. It’s surprising that New Zealanders go bare foot… ‘Americans’ wear shoes everywhere… some of my friends even lay on their bed with their shoes on… so disgusting

  17. spanish aspergers here: i cant stand the noise, the personal space and the eye gaze locking. i feel at home in the uk (i love my slippers tho)

  18. I relate to every single thing in this video. Miss Madrid so much 💔Literally I stick out like a sore thumb here in the UK 😂😂😂😂

  19. The eye contact and personal bubble are the same here in the UK, Iam in Sunderland so dont know about Wales or Scotland etc but here, if you lock eyes or invade someone's space it could turn violent.
    My cultural shock when I went to benalmadena was the sardines, they were everywhere and havnt touched them since but iam going to torremolinos soon so may give them a go 🙂

  20. I love your personalities – glad I found this channel. I'm at an intermediate Spanish level and am trying to brush up on it. I hope to visit Spain soon!

  21. so u guys r married. married to a spaniard. a lot of the customs are european and Spaniards are the same as us, Latin in nature.

  22. My mother in law does the touching all the time. It took so long to get used to it but now I'm so used to it, I do it to others too🤷‍♀️😂😂😂

  23. I agree with most of the points in the video, except holding the gaze with strangers. At lest for my personal experience we find it weird if a stranger hold their gaze for too long, I usually look somewhere else when that happens. About the toilet paper, it's true that sometimes there's none, but not always and, when that happens, I'll ask for it at the bar. I've also been asked if I had the cents in many countries, I don't think it's a Spanish thing. About spontaneity, it's so true, I live now in Germany and I found shocking how people plan the whole year in advance and 1 or 2 weeks notice is usually too short for Germans. Pealing pears and apples? I never do that and most people I know don't either, maybe for children?

    Something that's usually very shocking to foreigners about Spain is how late we go out for dinner (never earlier than 8-9pm) or how late we go out (10pm to 12pm), usually partying until breakfast. Even I can't do that any more, after living many years abroad.

  24. Love the one about slippers. I am not really a slipper type of person and love to walk around barefoot but I will remember when I move to Spain when I have Spanish friends coming over to visit to put on some shoes haha. It reminds me of my late mother. She was always telling me off as a child and as an adult and telling me to put on some shoes so I would feel right at home 🙂

  25. when u ask someone what you do for work , your basically judging them by income base. It's a mentality foreigners have because of the rat race we are use to.

  26. In Spain we have one of the lowest birth rates in the world, but retirees from other parts of Europe do not stop arriving. Great!

  27. My wife and I were tourists in Madrid, enjoying calamares in a standing-room only bar, and she approached a baby in a stroller. She tried to play with it and the father angrily told her to get away from him. He was not very polite about it.

  28. People in shops saying things like "Hola guapa" "Ciao guapo" This would be uncomfortable if someone said it to me in my country.

    Shops closing from 2-5 pm. I don't know if it's common all over Spain.

    Bread with everything 😀

    Couples arguing in public haha. I felt sorry for the guys.

    I had to wait till 2 am to go to the club in Galicia because the clubs were empty if not closed before then. Also people staying out until 8 am when the sun's out was interesting xD

  29. Hola from Greece!I watched many of your videos and I think it's a Mediterranean thing!All of the things you mentioned are the same here..I laughed sooo hard with the slippers!😂
    My mom used to use her slipper to chase my sister around the house, to stop walking barefoot!!Btw ypu totally got me with the kiwi(so weird and 😰)!
    You're almost prepared to come to Greece, too and feel like a local!

  30. You are spot on! I married a madrileño and I agree with you 100%, especially the slippers! OMG, I grew up in Hawaii and go barefoot all the time. My husband has lived in California for 30 years now and he still wears slippers in the house!!!!!

  31. How to cheat on your NZ boyfriend: ‘Oh it’s just a cultural shock for you, don’t worry about it’. 😂😂
    (Just joking)

  32. oh my god, this kind of video is 10 times more interesting than everything I've watched about anything related to Spain
    keep up the good works

  33. woww! stoked to have found a kiwi youtuber living in Spain. Your accent surprised me a bit, sounds English lol!

  34. Im from the Philippines an clearly we got A LOT of our cultural traits from Spain. I have a classmate who came from Russia and was shocked how touchy Filipinos can be. In my country, personal space is not such a big deal. However it is rapidly changing because of influence from the US through media.


  35. As an American if someone bumped into me on the street i'd assume they were attempting to rob me of something. Just found your channel and have been watching, were looking at a job opportunity which would take us to Cartagena for almost 3 years. I'm worried because we know barely any Spanish.

  36. Hahaha I love the slippers one!! Mi novio es tailandés, vivimos en Tailandia y aquí ellos también dentro de casa van descalzos, entrar en casa con zapatos es inconcebible soooo cuando vi en una tienda unas "zapatillas de estar por casa" aka slippers haha compré un par, para mí y para él, a pesar de que él NO QUISIERA jajaja empezó a usarlas y ahora no puede vivir sin ellas! Jajaja Gracias por vuestros videos de este tipo, se los paso todos para que me entienda un poco más. PD: la palabra PESADO también se la conoce muy bien😂😂😂😂

  37. Lo que tiene España que la hace única y culturalmente diferente al resto de países es : La Señora Española (Como la madre de Yolanda)

  38. Thanks James for another great video, all of the information you share is so helpful to us first time (upcoming) visitors to Spain to understand the culture. I'm sure it will enrich our holiday.

  39. Hello from India 🙂 You guys are such a sweet, funny and polite couple! I love how both of you demystify certain cultural aspects of Spain. I absolutely love James respectfully mentions every cultural aspect of Spain without sounding disrespectful to Yoly and I also love how Yoly takes everything sportively without getting offended and explains/clarifies things to James.

    I am an Indian now living in the UK, I can relate to what most of the things which Yoly say because I after watching this video, I am convinced that Indians and Spanish are similar in so many ways hahaha!!! When I arrived in the UK, it was quite a shock to experience a different culture but thankfully my transition was smooth. It is just that we have to respect the local culture without getting offended ourselves or offending them. You guys are epitome of dignity and grace. I absolutely love it how both of you take time to understand each other's culture without stereotyping each other. We all have different cultural aspects, attitudes, mindsets, realities etc. which affect the way we behave – this is something you guys completely understand and I think which is why both of you have mutual respect and love for each other's culture. I hope all young people watch your videos and learn how we can respect other cultures without judging them or making fun of them. Lots and lots of love and respect to lovely people like both of you in Spain and New Zealand from India xx 🙂

  40. As I recall, American style toilet paper began showing up in Spain in the 70's, roll tin foil came later. Now almost everything is made here.
    People are very full of life in Spain, not much else is more important than close relationships, generosity, great times and food. Top it off with a carajillo around 5

  41. I lived in Madrid long time ago. Franco was still alive but it wasn't bad, arriving from Cuba and escaping Castro it was paradise. The bad was Franco Nationalism didn't let employment, well, plenty of Cubans worked but the goal was USA. I love Spain, visit many times.

  42. i've been watching your videos for like 3 hours straight 😀 as a spaniard who grew up in switzerland, I'm still learning a few details and you're giving me a sense of security in social exchanges like in bars when i'm back home 😀

  43. Once on a boat to Mallorca this english girl started screeching at the old guy who was helping people to find a seat because he touched her arm! She was screaming “ how dare you touch me, Im english” it was so embarrassing.. in the end I told her to stfu, the poor old guy had no idea what he had done. Stupid bitch and she was ugly so she obviously wasn’t used to being touched by anything,,,

  44. My cultural shocks moving to Spain (from UK, then 11 yrs in Wellington.
    1). The standard of coffee is horrendous. I ended up buying my own coffee machine
    2). Everything is possible, but only on the 2nd or 3rd visit to an official. You will never have enough or the correct paperwork 1st time
    3). Driving in Spain. Indicators are redundant, roundabouts are best avoided, and pedestrian crossings are parking bays!
    4). Spaniards in general don't seem to mind throwing rubbish on to the floor.
    5). People will drive an extra 10 mins to a cafe, because their local cafe has put the price up 20 c on a Tostada con tomate y cafe to 1.80
    6). How builders can function in 40 degree heat, when the rest of us are literally melting into the tarmac.

    Keep up the good work.


  45. I’m not from Spain but from an American country and as a kid my parents use to be horrified if I walk around the house without shoes, the floor was very clean but they use to claim I could get sick.

    As a grown up I walk around the house without shoes and don’t like my visitor to keep their shoes inside the house as they trail dirt from outside to the inside.

  46. she is so sweet and laid back…if I have a guy telling me all they don't like of my country…we'd be broken up by the end of the video lol

  47. Great videos and great vibes, feels like I'm just sitting around and chatting about Spain with you 🙂 I am moving to Madrid in September, so this info is SO helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  48. The kissing thing is so odd at first for all English speakers. You quickly grow to love it and wish your home country was more effection. Its the same over all the Spanish speaking world, as well as France and Italy. Even men air kiss.

  49. The Toxoplasmosis issue for pregnant women was interesting. It turns out it is unique to Italy and Spain. In the USA, the danger to pregnant women from this infection comes from exposure to feline fecal matter. I have never heard of the pork connection until now. It was interesting to read that cases of the infection in Spain and Italy were from pork.

  50. I just caught a cold…and I really believe is cause i wasn't wearing my summer slippers…not joking 🤣😭 also i'm the most loud person in my family…they always say to me "control your volume!!". I really try it…🤣 i think this comes from cause i'm the youngest and also the shorter of my family and I just tried all my life to make my voice heared in the family's reunions🤣

  51. This is very normal in "Hispanic" countries when they know you, we are close contact culture, unless you let them know that you do not want to be touch. There are cultures that are way more "arm length " cultures such as Japan, Switzerland etc. The women are not flirting, just talking. There is a difference in touch when a Spanish person is flirting.

  52. I lived in Barcelona until I was 17. Since I have lived in Australia for 33 years. Your videos are spot on. Great information for would be visitors. Your videos are very enjoyable to watch. Keep up the great work. Thank you.

  53. As for me the noise is on the top of the list. After coming back from Spain my voice changes because i have to speak so loud in oder to be heard. And once i traveled from Madrid to Valencia by train in "coche silencio". There were almost no people cause everybody preferred another cars in the train where they were playing guitar, singing, chatting, making so much noise. Really funny.

  54. My first shock was that you cannot get dinner before 10:00 pm , usually I am in bed by then and want/need to eat around 7:00 pm. The second was that if you order a hamburger, they always put a fried egg on it (not a bad thing but not expected) unless you tell them not to.

  55. As the daughter of 2 full-fledged Spaniards (but living in Los Angeles), I am on board with the NO BAREFOOT walking thingy. I despise when people are barefoot even in the house. God's big joke on my, I married a Vietnamese man and it is in their culture to take off your shoes and walk around barefoot. SO GROSS!!!!! I rebelled, however, I never took off my shoes when we went to his Mom's house (one other main reason is her house so was dirty) and to this day yell at him and his kids when they are barefoot. Get so sick and tired of stepping on shoes the minute I walk through any door in my house. He said is was customary to take shoes off and I told him in my culture only slobs walked around barefoot.

  56. 11:18 Excuse me, but as a Spaniard myself, I found that absolutely weird… a kid, sleeping under a bar, on benches? LOL, what the hell?

  57. What a great interaction between you two, truly beautiful, you should be hosting a morning breakfast TV show.

  58. I am so happy to have found your channel! My husband and I plan to retire to Spain (from the US), and while we have each traveled multiple times to Spain, committing to moving there is of course quite different. I appreciate all these insights!

  59. Oh wow, I'm glad they don't EXCEPT big bills. I work at a store and I despise getting big bills and breaking them because it holds up my line while I wait for my manager to break the bill for several 20s (I work and live in the States btw). Wow, I really like this!… 😀

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