I’m a compulsive planner, coming from a city where you have to schedule a coffee date with someone at least two days in advance. As you can imagine, it led to quite a few arguments, especially when it came to planning trips. I eventually adapted to the Spanish lifestyle and became less compulsive in planning, and he understood that for bigger trips, we had to make reservations and plan in advance. Whatever strikes us in the moment, whether it’s taking a walk or heading to a café, we decide then and there.
It is also socially acceptable for young people to live at home until they are in a serious relationship or until they’re married.
If this is the case, it normally isn’t a big deal, especially if you have your own apartment where you can have your alone time.
Related to family, the majority of Spanish guys still live at home.
With an unemployment rate of 45 percent, this is understandable.
Meeting the family is a big deal in most cultures, but even more so in Spain, and it can happen pretty soon into the relationship.
Three weeks into dating my boyfriend, I still remember when he timidly asked me if I would like to meet his sister and niece.
Four months into my big move to Spain I was wondering if I would last the whole year.
Teaching English in the small town of Linares, Jaen wasn’t working out how I imagined it would.
But overall, being with my Spaniard has helped me to truly adapt to About Nina Lee Nina Lee is a New York native currently exploring Madrid from the inside.