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11 Signs You Still Haven’t Got Over Your Year Abroad In Spain

The time of year has come around where third year undergrads start to trickle home from their time abroad learning a language.

Sometimes it’s hard to readjust, and here are some of the things you may still experience from your time abroad.

People may get sick of you going on about it, but they’re just jealous of how well travelled you are and how much fun you’ve had livin’ la vida loca. Obviously.

1. Coffee not only seems inexplicably expensive now, costing well over the one Euro you’re used to paying, it also fails to come with a tiny, delicious snack. This makes you sad.

2. Even if you never watch football you have a team that you support in the Clásico, and are willing to stay up bizarrely late to watch it, as long as you have a beer and some chorizo.

3. You don’t understand how people get anything done before 10 in the morning.

4. Equally, while you’re thankful supermarkets are actually open in the middle of the day, losing the benefits of the 2.30-5 siesta has been a hard time for you.

A midday nap makes everything better, you know the importance of a good break in the day.

5. You find yourself eating dinner while your friends are attempting to pre-lash.

6. …And then you don’t understand why clubs close so early when you’re ready to go until at least 5am.

7. You have a preferred and missed way of eating octopus, and it’s most likely ‘a la gallega’.

Your friends fail to understand the paprika deliciousness. Similarly you find yourself weirdly missing the lack of availability of every part of the animal on a standard restaurant menu.

8. Your definition of fast food has completely changed, anything less than an hour and a half for a meal is now considered rushing.


9. You have a love/hate relationship with reggaeton. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly hate, but you will defend it to the death if anyone calls it ‘just noise’.

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10. You’ve experienced that incredibly awkward moment where you’re casually punched in the stomach as someone goes for the handshake while you’re going for the much more sensible and universal dos besos.

11. You have tried to use ‘puuueeeessss nada’ as conversation filler back in the UK. It didn’t work.

These are just a few of the experiences that might still be causing a bit of a culture shock for you recently returned linguists. Ah well, at least it gives you an excuse to go back soon, right?

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