When certain things are just completely normal. I’ve been compiling these ideas for a bit and I thought there is no better time to share them with you than now, 270 days into my adventure. Get comfortable!
-not giving every acquaintaince two kisses seems really rude and abnormal
-in emails and text messages, you say, “jaja” instead of “haha”
-adding fresh tomato spread and olive oil to every sandwich is just what ya do!
-you eat lunch after 2pm and would never think about eating dinner before 9pm
-confusing ballena (whale) with barriga (belly) is not uncommon since the words sound similar (also pollo/polla or cajon/cojon each have completely different meanings that you don’t want to confuse)!
-you answer every phone call starting with “si,” or “yes,” as the English translation goes
-when you make plans at 10pm and everyone shows up at least 15 minutes late
-you always pay for things with a 50 euro note since that’s all the ATMs dispense and subsequently, get a dirty look if you are buying something for less than 40 euros (side note: what’s a person to do?!)
-when dryers are a thing of the past and instead, you use a washing line on the balcony
-you buy warm milk at the grocery store and have to wait hours for it to get cold if you want cereal
-you are sometimes forced to shower with a removable shower head, which makes shampooing and soaping awfully difficult!
-you understand that Sunday is truly a day of rest because everything shuts down
-you start every morning with “hola” rather than “hello” and get accustomed to reading signs in Catalan all day
-adding lemonade or Fanta to beer is completely normal (and delicious)!
-you go out of your way to walk in the shade during the summer and you see people using umbrellas in the sun
-you know that between 2pm and 5pm there is no point in going shopping because all the stores are closed for nap time
-you make plans by writing, “Let’s meet at 18h” instead of “Let’s meet at 6pm”
And so the list goes on and on, but for fear of these ideas not translating into anything interesting for those who aren’t living it, I’ll stop there 🙂