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If you're planning a trip to Spain, brushing up on the traditions and customs of the region will help you make the most of your vacation. While many Spanish traditions like tapas and flamenco dancing have become legendary around the globe, knowing where to experience them in Spain can be difficult for some tourist. There are several , and some travelers only have a hazy idea of the history of bullfighting, how to spot a , or how to go about eating tapas.
These tips should help you, no matter which of the you're visiting. From annual festivals and events to great food and cultural experiences, there's plenty to discover on your trip to Spain—if you know where to look.
Every tourist who comes to Spain wants to try tapas, one of the most famous of Spain's traditions, but many don't understand the culture around this style of dining. A tapa is not a type of food, it's a way of eating it. Tapas are small portions, but they can be of any of Spain's many traditional dishes. To "go for tapas" ( tapear in Spanish) does not mean ordering a lot of dishes in one restaurant (though, of course, you can), but to bar-hop, eating a different tapa in each bar.
Flamenco is perhaps the most famous Spanish tradition but also one that is often misunderstood. Flamenco is not a dance but does sometimes have dancing in it, rather it's a musical style with far more emphasis on the guitar, vocals, and rhythm than on the dancing. In fact, the whole idea of flamenco dancing is a little paradoxical: True flamenco is spontaneous, but flamenco dancing requires appropriate attire, meaning it must be planned!
Still, you'll hear flamenco music and see flamenco dancing all over Spain, and you can even take lessons in many Spanish cities. • Although the pressures of a modernized market economy have made the idea of taking long breaks in the afternoon a little impractical for businesses, many Spaniards still take a daily siesta during the hottest part of the day. Siesta means "nap" in English, and there are two periods most Spanish people take their afternoon rest: from 2 to 5 for people going out for lunch or a drink and from 4 to 8 or 9 p.m.
for people who work at bars and restaurants. Every guidebook says something different about tipping, but restaurants and bars in Spain do not expect you to leave a tip—unless you're American. That's not to say Spanish bartenders and waiters are taking advantage of U.S. tourists; they just know Americans are used to tipping back home. Some bars and restaurants even have policies against tipping or where the workers give tips to the owner. However, unlike in the American service industry, Spanish restaurant workers are given living wages and health benefits, so tips aren't necessary.
Bullfighting, the most controversial of Spanish traditions, is a mixed blessing for Spain. Many tourists are very curious to see it and view it as a fascinating insight into Spanish culture, but it is also a stain on the country's reputation for others. Bullfighting is nowhere near as popular as it used to be, but it still features prominently in the country's self-image.
In 2017, the tradition got a tourism boost because of the release of 20th Century Fox's movie "Ferdinand," which features a bull who no longer wants to fight the matador as the main character. While you can still experience these traditional bullfights in many cities across Spain, the sport is dwindling. • Bullfighting as a pastime may be dying, but soccer most certainly is not.
Also known as fútbol locally, soccer takes on a quasi-religious significance in the lives of Spanish males from the age of 5 to 100. With two of the most successful teams in European soccer, any sports fan should check out Spain's fútbol heritage. Head to a sports bar to watch a game live or even visit one of the stadiums if you want to see this national tradition in person. • Spanish nightlife, especially in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, is legendary and inclusive of all ages and interests.
Each city has a part of town for each demographic, but no one really goes out before 10 p.m. each night. The Spanish are a late-night people, perhaps because of their mismatched timezone—they're geographically closer to England but in Poland's same timezone. With everything from underground clubs to elegant speakeasies, you're sure to find something to do each night you spend in Spain.
• Many a tourist has been undone by Spain's rigid eating times. Miss the narrow windows for each and you end up eating on your own or in a substandard touristy restaurant that caters precisely for those who haven't gotten in sync with the Spanish way of eating. Light breakfast starts at 7 a.m.
but most people enjoy it around 8:30, with pastries selling out around 10. You can indulge in la hora del vermut for a sip of sweet Spanish vermouth at around 12:30 p.m. and then lunch around 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dinner tapas are typically enjoyed around 9 in the evening, but a sit-down full meal usually starts at 10 p.m.
The , drinking, and dancing culture steps up a gear when there's a festival happening—and festivals happen year-round in Spain. Every town or village has a local fiesta, at which point the locals don't just eat and drink because it's fun, they do so because it would be un-Spanish not to. There are a number of as well as several that celebrate the cultural heritage of the region. • Most tourists who visit Spain want to eat paella and drink sangria, but you should be wary of crafty bars and restaurants exploiting the prices for sub-par food and drinks.
It's helpful to know how to properly order sangria and paella to avoid looking too much like a tourist, but you should be fine if you head to traditional local restaurants and treat your server politely. If you'd rather not drink sangria with your meal, Spain also celebrates a rich culture of produced in the country.
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Given the size of Europe and the many different countries that exist within its borders, the dating customs from country to country vary. While in some countries the typical American idea of dating, whereby two people exclusively see each other and others know about it, does exist, it is not prevalent in all societies. A look at the top five most notable European countries shows the variance in culture. French Dating Culture According to "France Today," French singles primarily spend time in groups as friends.
It's customary in France for people to get to know each other slowly and allow romance to develop over time. It is frequently said that people somehow just end up together. Relationships, romantic or otherwise, are not labeled or defined as stringently as in American dating culture. In fact, it is considered proper not to tell anyone, even your parents and closest friends, whom you are dating or interested in. Frenchmen actively pursue women and women don't display interest, not even eye contact, unless interested.
German Dating Culture Dating in Germany is still more traditional than in the United States. A man is always expected to ask a woman for a date, never the reverse. The man pays for the date and if the girl is still living with her parents, the man brings flowers to her mother. German women do flirt and leave hints to their men of interest. Editor's Picks Many short-term relationships occur in the twenty-something years of Germans, instead of long-term American-type relationships with one person.
Germans marry at an older age than do most Americans and German men tend to take younger wives. But young German men do tend to date older women to gain valuable experience. British Dating Culture Most like American dating culture in its approach, the British dating culture has become a system of strictly evaluating person against person to find the best match for personal preferences before committing to an exclusive relationship.
Speed dating and Internet dating are both acceptable and practiced in Britain. Men ask women out and vice versa. When in a relationship, Brits are generally less physically affectionate than their American counterparts.
British social customs veer away from physical touch. Spanish Dating Culture Commitment is key in Spain and is based on long-standing relationship and intrinsic value more so than most other European cultures. Frequently, a Spaniard will marry a childhood friend or high-school sweetheart. Spaniards are frequently characterized as the most passionate and verbal of the European dating cultures.
Constant communication and interaction are part of the dating process and fighting is not shied away from. Men are courteous and chivalrous to women they are genuinely interested in but can be flirty to the point of annoyance to women they do not know but find attractive. Both men and women ask each other out and splitting the cost of the date is becoming customary.
Italian Dating Culture Italians have a reputation of being great lovers and great dressers. The ideal of passion and romance so frequently portrayed as inherent to all Italians is not the guiding force for dating and mating in Italy. Women dress well to catch a financially stable mate and men dress to impress to prove to women they can provide.
Generally Italian men have an ongoing relationship with a woman they plan to marry and provide for while they have adventures in dating before actually tying the knot.
Italian women may also engage in flippant relationships and affairs with men that are attractive and exciting, but not able to provide.
Cultural Differences Differences in Cultures Increasingly, managers must deal with multiple ethnic groups with very different cultures. Thanks to globalization, you are likely to work with Japanese, French, Chinese, German and all sorts of other nationalities.
It is important to recognize that people from different cultures have are different in a variety of ways, including • different ways of looking at things • different ways of dressing • different ways of expressing personality/goodness In an ideal world ... • the policemen would be English • the car mechanics would be German • the cooks would be French • the innkeepers would be Swiss, • and the lovers would be Italian In a living hell ...
• the policemen would be German • the car mechanics would be French • the cooks would be English • the innkeepers would be Italian • and the lovers would be Swiss These differences can cause problems interpreting what the other person is doing. Some simple examples: • In the US, a firm, short handshake indicates self-confidence and (heterosexual) masculinity.
A limp handshake by a man can be interpreted (usually wrongly) as a sign of homosexuality or wimpiness. But in most parts of Africa, a limp handshake is the correct way to do it. Furthermore, it is common in Africa for the handshake to last several minutes, while in the US a handshake that is even a few seconds too long is interpreted as familiarity, warmth and possibly sexual attraction.
• In Britain, men do not look at women on the streets. The French do. Recently, a French public figure mentioned in a speech that the Brits are all gay -- the evidence was their lack of overt interest in women. Some dimensions along which cultures vary: High Context vs Low Context A low context culture is one in which things are fully (though concisely) spelled out. Things are made explicit, and there is considerable dependence on what is actually said or written.
A high context culture is one in which the communicators assume a great deal of commonality of knowledge and views, so that less is spelled out explicitly and much more is implicit or communicated in indirect ways. In a low context culture, more responsibility is placed on the listener to keep up their knowledge base and remain plugged into informal networks.
Low context cultures include Anglos, Germanics and Scandinavians. High context cultures include Japanese, Arabs and French. Implications • Interactions between high and low context peoples can be problematic. • Japanese can find Westerners to be offensively blunt. Westerners can find Japanese to be secretive, devious and bafflingly unforthcoming with information • French can feel that Germans insult their intelligence by explaining the obvious, while Germans can feel that French managers provide no direction • Low context cultures are vulnerable to communication breakdowns when they assume more shared understanding than there really is.
This is especially true in an age of diversity. Low context cultures are not known for their ability to tolerate or understand diversity, and tend to be more insular. Monochronic vs Polychronic Monochronic cultures like to do just one thing at a time. They value a certain orderliness and sense of there being an appropriate time and place for everything.
They do not value interruptions. Polychronic cultures like to do multiple things at the same time. A manager's office in a polychronic culture typically has an open door, a ringing phone and a meeting all going on at the same time.
Polychronic cultures include the French and the Americans. The Germans tend to be monochronic. Implications • Interactions between types can be problematic. German businessman cannot understand why the person he is meeting is so interruptible by phone calls and people stopping by.
Is it meant to insult him? When do they get down to business? • Similarly, the American employee of a German company is disturbed by all the closed doors -- it seems cold and unfriendly. Future vs Present vs Past Orientation Past-oriented societies are concerned with traditional values and ways of doing things. They tend to be conservative in management and slow to change those things that are tied to the past.
Past-oriented societies include China, Britain, Japan and most spanish-speaking Latin American countries. Present-oriented societies include the rest of the spanish-speaking Latin American countries. They see the past as passed and the future as uncertain. They prefer short-term benefits. Future-oriented societies have a great deal of optimism about the future.
They think they understand it and can shape it through their actions. They view management as a matter of planning, doing and controlling (as opposed to going with the flow, letting things happen). The United States and, increasingly, Brazil, are examples of future-oriented societies. Quantity of Time In some cultures, time is seen as being a limited resource which is constantly being used up.
It's like having a bathtub full of water which can never be replaced, and which is running down the drain. You have to use it as it runs down the drain or it's wasted. In other cultures, time is more plentiful, if not infinite.
In old agricultural societies, time was often seen as circular, renewing itself each year. Implications • In societies where time is limited, punctuality becomes a virtue. It is insulting to waste someone's time, and the ability to do that and get away with it is an indication of superiority/status. Time is money. In cultures where time is plentiful, like India or Latin American, there is no problem with making people wait all day, and then tell them to come back the next day.
• Time-plentiful cultures tend to rely on trust to do business. Time-limited cultures don't have time to develop trust and so create other mechanisms to replace trust (such as strong rule-by-law).
Power Distance The extent to which people accept differences in power and allow this to shape many aspects of life. Is the boss always right because he is the boss, or only when he gets it right?
Implications • In high power distance countries (most agrarian countries), bypassing a superior is unsubordination. In low power distance countries (US, northern europeans, Israel), bypassing is not usually a big deal. • In the US, superiors and subordinates often interact socially as equals. An outsider watching a party of professors and graduate students typically cannot tell them apart. Individualism vs Collectivism In individualist cultures, individual uniqueness, self-determination is valued.
A person is all the more admirable if they are a "self-made man" or "makes up their own mind" or show initiative or work well independently. Collectivist cultures expect people to identify with and work well in groups which protect them in exchange for loyalty and compliance.
Paradoxically, individualist cultures tend to believe that there are universal values that should be shared by all, while collectivist cultures tend to accept that different groups have different values. Many of the asian cultures are collectivist, while anglo cultures tend to be individualist. Implications • A market research firm conducted a survey of tourist agencies around the world. The questionnaires came back from most countries in less than a month.
But the agencies in the asian countries took months to do it. After many telexes, it was finally done. The reason was that, for example, American tourist agencies assigned the work to one person, while the Filipinos delegated the work to the entire department, which took longer.
The researchers also noticed that the telexes from the Philippines always came from a different person. Problems Caused by Cultural Differences • You greet your Austrian client. This is the sixth time you have met over the last 4 months. He calls you Herr Smith. You think of him as a standoffish sort of guy who doesn't want to get really friendly.
That might be true in America, where calling someone Mr. Smith after the 6th meeting would probably mean something -- it is marked usage of language -- like "we're not hitting it off".
But in Austria, it is normal. • A Canadian conducting business in Kuwait is surprised when his meeting with a high-ranking official is not held in a closed office and is constantly interrupted. He starts wondering if the official is as important as he had been led to believe, and he starts to doubt how seriously his business is being taken • A British boss asked a new, young American employee if he would like to have an early lunch at 11 am each day.
The employee said 'Yeah, that would be great!' The boss immediately said "With that kind of attitude, you may as well forget about lunch!" The employee and the boss were both baffled by what went wrong. [In England, saying "yeah" in that context is seen as rude and disrespectful.] • A Japanese businessman wants to tell his Norwegian client that he is uninterested in a particular sale.
So he says "That will be very difficult." The Norwegian eagerly asks how he can help. The Japanese is mystified.
To him, saying that something is difficult is a polite way of saying "No way in hell!". Dave Barry tells the story of being on a trip to Japan and working with a Japanese airline clerk on taking a flight from one city to another.
On being asked about it, the clerk said "Perhaps you would prefer to take the train." So he said "NO, I want to fly." So she said "There are many other ways to go." He said "yes, but I think it would be best to fly." She said "It would very difficult". Eventually, it came out that there were no flights between those cities.
Three basic kinds of problems: interpreting others comments and actions, predicting behavior, and conflicting behavior. Some Perceptions of Americans Europe & especially England. "Americans are stupid and unsubtle. And they are fat and bad dressers." Finland. "Americans always want to say your name: 'That's a nice tie, Mikko.
Hi Mikko, how are you Mikko' Indian. "Americans are always in a hurry. Just watch the way they walk down the street." Kenyan. "Americans are distant. They are not really close to other people -- even other Americans." Turkey. "Once we were out in a rural area in the middle of nowhere and saw an American come to a stop sign. Though he could see in both directions for miles, and there was no traffic, he still stopped!" Colombia.
"In the United States, they think that life is only work." Indonesia. "In the United States everything has to be talked about and analyzed. Even the littlest thing has to be 'Why, why why?'." Ethiopia.
"The American is very explicit. He wants a 'yes' or 'no'. If someone tries to speak figuratively, the American is confused." Iran. "The first time my American professor told me 'I don't know, I will have to look it up', I was shocked.
I asked myself 'Why is he teaching me?'" Try this experiment: Start by reading this: FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS Now, quickly count the number of "F"s in that sentence.
On average, anglos find fewer F's than do others. Why?
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