Wouldn’t you like to know…

Wouldn’t you like to know…this is a list of interesting tid-bits from living in Spanish culture. The list may include, but is not limited to: food, people, expressions, daily living, language blunders, etc.

  • It’s a pretty normal and cool thing for young people to eat sunflower seeds.
  • When an older woman becomes a widow, it is not unusual for her to wear solid black clothing, especially here in the south.
  • If the bus you’re waiting for zooms right past the bus stop don’t think that they’re just swinging around the corner and coming right back, welcome to Spain!
  • I went to meet up with a friend the other day, I suggested 8:00pm (thinking that it wasn’t to late and not too early), she replied that 10:45pm would be a better time.
  • When watching the dating shows on television (I can’t take more than a few minutes) I’ve learned that I need to have my dictionary or something to write with handy, the new vocabulary is…interesting.
  • Spain’s prime minister, José Luis Zapatero is now the president of the European Union…for the limited time of six months.
  • Andalucía and other parts of Spain have received so much rain in the past month that many rivers have flooded over, spilling into the towns here in the south.
  • Also, because of the rain, la cosecha, or the olive harvest, hasn’t been as fruitful this year. Usually, the olive harvest begins December 1st and runs through the end of February. There is a window of three months where the farmers and workers can harvest the olives and if the ground is wet, work cannot be done. The ground that the olive trees grow on must be dragged and cleared of any grass (for all you envoronmentalists, think of trawling on the ocean floor). Normally this part of Spain receives so little rain, that the grass growing on the ground would take the precious water needed by the olive trees to grow. Therefore, if you have bare earth + lots and lots and lots of rain you get = a whole lot of mud. Many farmers are losing their harvest and the situation is looking a lot like last year when the same thing happened. The farmers can’t afford to lose their harvest two years in a row. The good news, is that with one day of sunshine, the fields are workable the next day. Here is an article (in Spanish) from a nearby town about the olive harvest.

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