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.When it comes to arguments, patience is always key, but even more so when you don’t share the same native language. The Spanish like to see where life takes them; they don’t limit what could happen on any given day by making strict plans.Ask them Wednesday or Thursday what they are doing on the weekend and they typically respond with, “” (“We’ll see”). Well, in mine in particular it was a bit difficult for us to overcome this huge difference between our expectations at first.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.It is also socially acceptable for young people to live at home until they are in a serious relationship or until they’re married.
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As with anything, it’s hard to generalize, especially when it comes to dating in Spain, because each region has a somewhat distinct culture. Here are some things to keep in mind for your Spanish love affair.
The first and most important part of dating a Spaniard is meeting their family.
I actually think part of that comes from confusion with Latin American men, who I’ve found are actually much more romantic than the Spanish.
That being said, this does vary depending on the person.
My boyfriend was an absolute gentleman–to the point where I wasn’t sure if he was interested.