Although I’m still American through and through, it’s impossible to live in a culture without picking up certain elements. For me, some of those include the innate sense of when to cross the road, a newfound inability to stomach sickly sweet things, and an increasing love for café con leche (can I bring this home please?). After two and a half months, I think I’m finally on my way to becoming a Spaniard.
The phrase Spaniards seem to live by is “No pasa nada,” which means, basically, “Don’t worry about it.” The lives of Spaniards are incredibly low stress. Broke a mug? No pasa nada. Flooded the hallway? No pasa nada! (This one is, sadly, true. #TheDailyShowerStruggle.) Spaniards realize life is too short to get annoyed and frustrated with the little things.
Besides learning to relax, the other key part to becoming a Spaniard is confidence. Whatever you’re doing, do it with confidence. If you’re wearing a particularly daring outfit, flaunt it with shoulders back and a proud gaze (but don’t smile, as that’s considered extremely flirty here). Don’t be afraid to stand out, just make sure you exude enough confidence so that people know it’s a statement rather than a faux-pas.
Keep on checking back every day to find out how you, too, can become a Spaniard (ish)!