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The relaxed attitude towards the passing of time is one of the things that draws many foreigners into Spanish life…But if you’re the type of person whose heart starts racing if it looks like you’ll be 2 minutes late for an appointment, you’ve got a lot of “inner work” to do. But she prefers speaking English when you’re together. I suspect this is just a myth created by the scarf industry to make sure she spends 11 months a year wrapping her neck. Dating a Spanish girl means accepting things you don’t necessarily agree with – and trying to rush her through her two-and-a-half-hour morning routine would be the height of cultural insensitivity. Then be cool: don’t try to hurry her hair-ironing or eyebrow tweezing. The other month of the year, she’ll be at the beach, extolling the magical healing powers of seawater and kelp.
His wife was from some dusty village of 200 souls in Murcia, 90 minutes’ drive from the beach.
My friend Nina over at Nina’s Sweet Adventures has written an article about dating Spanish men.
Because actually, dating Spanish can be quite complicated – ask me how I know.
And inspired by her, I figured I’d make my contribution to the conversation…Of course, long disclaimers at the beginning of blog posts are all the rage these days, so lemme just say: Yes, I’m generalizing.
Surely not all Spanish women are like the four or five Marias that I’ve dated. And one further disclaimer: if you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s my civic duty as a foreigner never to say anything negative about Spain or Spanish people, you probably won’t like this article. And Spanish girls are often beautiful, passionate, joyous… But before you pack your bags and hop on the first flight to Madrid, you should know: beautiful, passionate and joyous is not the whole story.