Same same but different
Everyone, who has ever gone abroad most certainly has realized that there are different cultures in different countries, even within Europe.
These cultural differences are one thing that makes travelling to a different country so exciting, but they can also be the source of misunderstandings.
One of our German students presents us the most significant similarities and differences she noticed between her home country, Germany, and the south of Spain:
- Just as in Germany, the Malaguenos are very proud of their local beer and love drinking it at every possible occasion.
- Living in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, I´m used to people speaking with a strong accent and just as in my hometown, the people in Andalucia seem to speak one of the strongest dialects in the country.
- The sheer amount of German tourists almost make Malaga look like another German city (with better weather and a beach, of course ;))
- Apart from the different kinds of food, also the way Spanish people approach meals is very different to Germans. Not only do most Spanish people eat lunch and dinner significantly later than Germans, but also the habit of sharing various different dishes as a group makes eating out a prolonged social event. In Germany people tend to rather order one specific dish per person…
- But not only are the meals scheduled later in Spain, but the entire day starts a bit later and also ends later than in Germany. Especially in the summer this is, of course, related to the good weather and the heat.
- Rainy days are another big difference between the two countries. Not only are there a lot less rainy days in the south of Spain as in Germany, but also the way the rain impacts the people and the area are vastly different. As Germans, we are so used to bad weather that it doesn’t change any of our habits. We just grab an umbrella, put on a waterproof jacket and go about our day. Here a rainy summer day is a special event. If the locals don’t necessarily have to leave the house, they stay at home. On top of that, the city gets flooded quite easily and the mixture of water and dust makes the streets pretty slippery.
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