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- [James] What is really like to live in Spain?

Is it all at long lunches with wine, tapas every night,

late night, siestas all day,

and flamenco and bullfighting on the weekends?

- [Yoly] Keep watching and we'll tell you

which are the cliches of living in Spain are true

and which are just cliches.

(Guitar music)

- Hey guys, my name's James Blick

- And I am Yolanda Martin.

- And welcome to Spain Reveal.

- This channel's all about helping you explore Spain

like a local.

And welcome to our home,

this is the first time we've ever done a video in our home

so we've decided to invite you in

given that well, we're doing a video today

about life in Spain and living in Spain.

So it seemed appropriate to film it here.

- Yeah, so there are a lot cliches about what life is like

in Spain.

And we wanna give you a little dose of reality.

Don't worry, we're not going to ruin your dreams

about living in Spain.

- This is an amazing place to live

and I feel so lucky to live in Spain.

But, if you're thinking about moving to this country,

or you just want to feel better about the fact

that you're not maybe missing out

on as many things as you think you might be missing out on

then this is the video for you.

So we're going to go through 13 topics

that we've put together.

And I've also got questions

that come from my Instagram followers

and Twitter followers

about certain cliches

about what they think life might be like in Spain.

And we're gonna tackle those.

So, first cliche;

that Spain has an incredible work/life balance.

This is a comment from one of my Instagram friends,

Arlin6 said my husband and I are curios to know

what the work/life balance is in Spain?

Now what do you think?

Why don't you tell me?

You've lived in New Zealand together.

We lived there.

I've lived in Spain so we've had the Anglo-Saxon experience,

we've had the Spanish experience,

what do you think the work/life balance is like in Spain?

- What I would say that in Spain people work to live

rather than live to work.

I think people talk about work less.

You know, I remember when we were in New Zealand

and your typical question at a dinner party

is like what do you do?

And I remember coming back to Spain when we moved back

and I would ask that to people that I would meet.

And they would a little bit kinda you know-

- It's true.

- Like oh, we're having fun.

We're not here to talk about work.

- It's true.

If you say to a friend at a dinner party how's work?

It just feels weird to ask that question.

But generally I think people are very much more conscious

in this country.

Say New Zealand, the States, the U.K

of maintaining a work life balance.

People appreciate the difference between one and the other.

Family is really important.

I remember when Yoly and I first met,

now you're a freelancer, like all freelancers

you work everyday of the week constantly.

When we first met and we were living in New Zealand,

I remember something came up

and I said to Yoly well maybe you could do that job

on a Sunday.

And you were like, I will not work on a Sunday.

- Nope.

- That was just, you couldn't.

- Oh, those golden times.

- Obviously, people work on Sundays in this country.

But yeah, there's certainly a division

between those two things.

And that does generate a healthier work/life balance.

Okay so if we have this kind of better

and healthier attitude to work

and maybe there's better work/life balance

in this country,

does that mean we don't work that much in Spain?

- We actually work very long hours.

- Exactly.

This country, people work from 9 A.M to often 8 P.M

so, and why is that?

There's a lot of different issues.

There's one called, what's it called?

- Prettismo, have this idea that you have to be there

when your boss is there.

It's like, you know, instead of focusing on being productive

or you know just getting the stuff done,

it's more like my boss is there so I better be there.

- So you literally have to sit at your desk.

There's this tradition of sitting at your desk

because the boss is sitting at a desk

to show you're working there.

There's also the tradition of longer lunches.

Now we're going to talk about that,

and how that longer lunches is a bit of a cliche.

But, all these things compile to create

this very very long work days

which impact on family life.

So we have issues around people being tired

because they are working until very late,

they get home at 8 P.M, 8:30, 9:00.

They have to squeeze in their family time.

- Yep.

- It's even lowering the birth rate potentially.

Our long working hours.

So, on the one hand I think it's interesting.

We do have this attitude

that's a little more work/life balance,

like focus on life and don't let work dominate completely.

But in other ways, work does dominate just purely

in the hours.

- And the idea that we have is

we want the distinction and that balance

but we actually don't manage it very well.

- Exactly.

And one really interesting point

just under this is that Spain is actually

in the wrong time zone.

We should be in the same time zone as London.

But what happened is in 1940, Franco the dictator

changed the clocks up to Berlin time

in a show of solidarity with the Nazi government.

Ever since then, we've been in the wrong time zone.

So what that meant is that the clocks shifted forward

an hour.

So when people were having lunch at 1 P.M,

suddenly they were having lunch at 2 P.M

and so when people started having dinner at 8 P.M,

suddenly they were having dinner at 9 P.M.

Everything shifted later.

But the work day still started at the same time.

- Yep.

- And so you've got start at the same time

that just got dragged out an hour longer

and we're still dealing with that.

All right onto the next cliche.

This is a country where we do stay up very late.

If we're working longer, we're actually sleeping less.

So here in Spain, how much less do we sleep

than the European Union average?

- It's about one hour less, so you know.

So, you know bags under our eyes big time.

- Bags under our eyes.

I hope you can't see them here.

But we do sleep about one hour less

than other European countries.

Part of it is because we're getting home so late.

Because of that long work day.

It means primetime TV starts a lot later,

- Yep.

- Sorta 9:30, 10:00 at night.

Because people are at work until later.

And then you've gotta squeeze in family time.

- Dinner.

- By the time you get to bed, exactly.

Dinner it's like 1:00 P.M, sorry 1:00 A.M.


That would be really late, 1:00 P.M,

through the next day.

But one of the things that I thought was really interesting

was the statistic, or this fact

is that a few years back,

there was a children's cooking show

like Master Chef for kids or something like that.

And in the final, it finished at 1:30 A.M

and there was still six hundred thousand

Spanish children watching it at 1:30 A.M

and there was this kind of hoo-ha.

But, there have been examples

of T.V shows for kids that go well past midnight.

And so we've got this culture here.

I find it a really hard country

to be an early riser, I love the mornings.

But it's really hard to make that compatible

with the social life.

And well, when you were a kid Yoly

what time did you go to bed?

- Well, I remember about 10:00 p.m, 11:00 P.M.


- At what age are we talking?

- I was like eight years old.

You, know yeah.

Real late.

- I know it's hard to remember,

I remember battling for getting a few, half an hour.

- Yes.

- At eight or nine, I was probably in bed by 8:00 or 9:00.

I have no idea, but certainly not 10:00 or 11:00.

- And I was getting up early in the morning, of course.

- Exactly, sleep deprived.

You've come out okay on the other end.

I saw a great little thing around going to bed late

was comparing our mothers.

My mother goes to bed in New Zealand at about 10:00 or so.

And what about your mom?

- My mom more or less like midnight.

1:00 A.M many nights, actually.

That was normal.

- So, exactly.

So really has that culture of staying up late.

Okay cliche number four.

That Spaniards have really long lunches

with wine everyday.

Yoly, do you have a long lunch, a three hour lunch

with wine everyday?

- No, no, never ever really.

- Never ever, wow.

Maybe once and a while.


We do it now and again.

But maybe on the weekends.

- Yes.

- Yeah, I mean look.

Lunch is the main meal here.

So that's a really important thing.

I remember when we met,

as well as Yoly's saying she wouldn't work on a Sundays,

I managed to get rid of that one.

What was the other thing you told me

when I suggested we have sandwich for lunch?

- Well the idea of having a sandwich for lunch

was pretty depressing.

- Exactly, cause why?

- Good food, you want good food.

You know, you want.

You know, even if you go to the office

you're not going to eat a sandwich

while your working at your desk.

- No.

- You're going to bring a Tupperware from home.

You know, maybe with some cooked food

that you're going to heat up in a microwave.

- Exactly.

Now Yoly, you work mainly from home.

- Yeah.

- I know about in the Devour office for example,

Devour Tour office,

people aren't eating sandwiches over their keyboards.

We generally sit together for lunch.

And people have leftovers, food that they've prepared.

It's food that they'll heat up

so there's a lot of hot food at lunch.

And we will take an hour, generally, more or less.

So I think there is still that sense that lunch is important

but it's certainly not three hours lunches everyday

with wine.

Obviously on the weekend though,

we do love a big long lunch.

And there's a concept called the sobre mesa.

So what is the sobre mesa?

- So, well after dessert you know maybe you have coffee

and maybe well that's when they kinda mixed drinks

come out as well.

So people will have a Cubata or a


- Like a rum and a coke or something.

- Yeah.

And you know, it can last for like one hour, two hours.

Just kinda sitting there at the table just talking,

you know?

Sobre mesa.

- Exactly.

Sobre mesa means on the table.

- On the table.

- And it's literally a period

where lunch might finish at 4:00. the actual eating,

and you'll sit there for hours just talking.

And the sun will go down.

Cliche number five.

Spain is wine country.

This is a yes and no thing right, Yoly?

- Yes, yeah exactly.

- Yes and no.

- In terms of consumptions.

- Exactly.

- Or production, I guess.

- Exactly, that's how you gotta look at it.

So look, we have the largest covering of vines in the world

you can see this behind Yoly's head,

our Spanish wine country map.

So we have the largest covering of vines in the world

and one of the three top producers in the world.

But we are not even in the top five, ten, or twenty

of drinkers.

I have a list here of countries of countries

that drink more wine than us.

Germany, Sweden, Portugal, France, Switzerland,

Austria, Romania.

They all drink more wine than us.

So what is up?

What are we drinking, are we drinking water Yoly?

- Well, we're drinking lots of beer.

Probably more than water.


- Exactly.

This is really a beer country.

- Yes, it is.

So you know people go out and you know they have a Cana,

they have Canas, they have small beers.

They don't have wine too much.

You know?

I mean it's kinda of, taking off a little bit

and I think the consumption of wine is increasing.

- Yeah.

- But no.

Traditionally, beer.

- It's true.

Actually wine consumption rose last year

for the first time in a long time.

But if you compare it to say 20, 30 years ago

it's way down.

And people are drinking beer.

You go into the bars, people are drinking little Canas.

- Everyone is having beer.

- Exactly.

And what's interesting is just to look at these stats

that I have here

is if we're in the top 30 of wine drinker,

not even the top 20.

We are the 12th biggest beer drinker in the world.

I curiously Libya is the second wine.

But anyway, I do trust the stat.

Anybody been to Libya, let us know in the comments.

What's going on with the beer there?

But yeah, the 12th biggest beer country.

So yes we are a wine country in it's production,

but not in terms of drinking.

But, in this household wine drinkers.

- Yes.

- All the way.

- Okay, cliche number six.

Spaniards go out for tapas every night of the week.

It was funny, I know these sound a bit crazy.

But it was funny,

in giving a lot of tours with Devour Tours,

a lot of people have said to me

my god, the buyers are so busy in Spain

you must be out every night of the week eating tapas

and hanging out and we're not doing that.

But there is something, there is an undercurrent of truth

in here, isn't there?

- Yeah.

- And what is it Yoly?

That something about the fact

that this is a culture where we don't sit at home so much,

we go out into the squares and the bars.

- Yeah, we love being in the street, out on the street.

You know my parents go for walks everyday.

You know, everyday it's like a religion.

You know?

I remember being in New Zealand and it was, I don't know.

It was rainy and maybe I was busy working at home.

I just felt like I needed to be out in the street, you know?

- Yeah.

- And not driving our car, you know.

Because there's a lot of driving.

No, no, no.

I just wanted to walk, I needed to use my legs.

- I knew we were talking about doing tapas every night,

but I guess what we're saying is the bars look very busy,

the streets look very busy

because we go out into the street to socialize.

- Yeah.

- And so it's a big deal to invite someone over to your home

in this country.

- Yeah, we don't do it that often.

- We don't do it that often.

If someone's like hey let's meet up,

you'll go and meet in a bar.

Or maybe meet in a square if you're younger

and you can't go to bars yet.

And so you'll also see people go for the paseo,

which is the afternoon walk.

Couples will go out, friends will go out.

And that they will meet their friends in the square.

You'll see often a lot of elderly people sitting in squares

chatting, socializing.

They're not hanging out in their living room.

- Yeah, yeah.

- A really really important part of the culture.

And if you do invite people over,

it sorta feels a bit weird sometimes.

They don't quite know where to put themselves, right?

- It's right.

We just don't have that culture

of I don't know, dinner parties,

we just don't do it so much.

- It's true.

I remember we had a dinner party

we'd been in Spain for a couple years

and I thought I'd invite all of our friends

who were my acquired friends through Yoly

over for Christmas lunch.

I think it was Christmas dinner.

- Yeah.

- And it felt weird.

Sitting there.

- We pushed through.

- We pushed through but then we got out

and went to the bar afterwards

once dinner was over.

It just felt very constrained.

So I think yes, we are out often.

We'll go out and the beauty of tapas

is it's very fluid.

So, you might go out and you have your paseo

and maybe you'll just stop in at a bar and have a beer

and have a nibble on something.

But then you'll go home and have dinner.

- Yeah.

- So I think in a place like New Zealand,

there's more intention around going out.

- Yes.

- It's like are we going out?

Are we going out to dinner?

Here it just kinda happens.

And it doesn't have to be a full night out.

And the kids are allowed in bars

so you'll see children in bars.

So you don't have to get a babysitter

if you're gonna go out for a walk

or go to bars.

So, we're not eating tapas every night in the bars.

But we are out in the streets a lot.

Okay, cliche number seven.

Spain is hot all year now.

Now Trevor Haxim sent me this tweet.

He said, wow, he said it's not verbatim

but effectively he moved to Andalucia

to Southern Spain some years back

and he was really looking forward

to enjoying the year-round warm weather.

And he wound up freezing his proverbial off

over winter cause he just wasn't ready for it.

So look, this country is not hot all year round.

We're sitting here in Madrid right now

and outside it's probably eight degrees.

- Yep.

- Right, it's cold?

- It gets cold.

It gets definitely cold in winter, you know.

I mean it is kinda warmer in Andalucia in the south.

So, you know, the winter's definitely get cold.

Houses though are not so prepared.

Even Andalucians seem to think that it's not that cold,

but in some houses are not very prepared, you know,

for that cold weather.

- And look, we are blessed with incredible weather

in large parts of this country, that's true.

You can plan a picnic three weeks from today

in the middle of summer, and it's not gonna rain probably.

It would be a freak occurrence.

Whereas coming from New Zealand

where the weather is so changeable,

you can't plan with that sort of certainty.

So we do and there's places like Malaga

which just the sunniest city in Europe.

And obviously the North of Spain,

green Spain, Caliphate Estudias

those regions are a little like New Zealand.

The bask country,

they are rainy they get, they are cooler.

- They are more unpredictable as well in terms of weather.

You know, like summer you know it can be rainy in summer.

And yeah.

- So I think just be aware that obviously the regionality

of this country means that there is different weather

all over the country.

- Yeah.

- But, yeah.

We're not here on the equator guys.

We're blessed with great weather,

but it's not just across the board hot days

all 365 days of the year.

Okay, myth number eight.

Struggling to do that with my fingers.

Not that agile.

Spain is cheap, cheap, cheap.

There's this, I think impression that this country

is super cheap.

And it is in some ways.

I mean food and wine relatively speaking.

Certainly wine is cheap.

And eating out might seem a bit cheaper, right?

But it's not all like that right Yoly?

- No, you know like, cities are exspensive I guess.

There's an imbalance between rent and salaries.

So you know rent is actually quite exspensive

compared to what people actually earn.

Yeah so it's not that cheap actually.

For Spaniards anyway.

- For Spaniards yeah.

I have some statistics here,

which pair with your own country.

It might feel like a cheap country

if you're coming here

and you're not renting obviously cause you're on vacation.

And you are just eating and drinking.

And yeah, I think the fact that the alcohol is really cheap

and the wine is cheap.

I think that really flows

through a lot of people's experience.

Cause when you're in Spain all day, you drink a lot of wine.

So, it's overrepresented I think a little bit

in people's vacations.

But here's a statistic.

So, Spanish workers earn an average of 23 thousand euros

a year

with the most frequent wage or salary

being about 16,500 euros a year.

So pretty low compared to say France or Germany

or perhaps the States or the U.K.

But for Spaniards it's not super cheap.

It might feel cheap in some aspects

when you come and travel here.

Cliche number,

you're gonna have to put four fingers up to help me.

Cliche number 9.

Spaniards are always late.

Now, this is quite a complex one.

I know that when I am going to meet someone in this country

I do feel like if it's a 3:00 P.M meeting,

it depends a little bit,

but I feel like I might about have a five minute window

or so where I don't have to say

hey I'm running late.

Whereas it's true that if I'm dealing

with an Anglo-Saxon person,

I have that obligation a little bit

to send a WhatsApp message

if I'm going to be two minutes late.

I'll be like hey I'm gonna be two minutes late

but I think-

- Now if you do that with a Spaniard

they're going to think you're a psychopath.

- They'll think you're nuts

if you say I'm running two minutes late.

So, but when we're talking about this cliche,

and you're a little conflicted on this one side.

So let's talk it out.

- I actually think that we Spaniards actually sometimes

believe in our own cliches.

You know, I kinda find myself thinking

yeah we are kinda late all the time.

But then my reality is that you know

last night were meeting these friends

and we were the ones that were kinda of a little bit late.

And you know we got there three minutes late.

- And they were both there.

- They were both there so.

The reality is that we might not be so unpunctual.

- Exactly.

No, I think that's true.

I think this might also touch on a little bit

something we're going to deal with in a cliche

in a few more cliches

which is about us being a little bit more relaxed

in this country and less uptight about certain things.

But generally, yeah there might be a little bit wiggle room

on the time.

But it's not this crazy,

like hey I'm a half hour late but nobody cares.

Not at all.

Okay so we have four more cliches to go.

We're on cliche number 10.

This one I can do with both hands.

I have that dexterity.

Thank God, to hold up two hands.

So this one is all Spaniards love flamenco.

Yoly, you're a huge flamenco expert and fan,

I'm a fan.

But this came through Corky Brent.

She sent a message through instagram

and she said I thought I would always hear Spanish guitar

at every corner being played from beautiful courtyards.

So, here's the thing.

Is there a Spanish guitar?

Is there a flamenco guitar on every corner of the street

and how we all listening to flamenco in this country

and all dancing flamenco and all this type of stuff.

- I wish.

But no the reality it's not like that.

Actually there's a little bit of an untied flamenco attitude

in Spain.

It's not that popular.

A little bit more popular in the south.

Which is where it comes from.

More people are into it.

But you know, Madrid not so much.

People think it's kind of a traditional backward low-class

I was no different.

- Yeah, actually when we moved to New Zealand 10 years ago

you were not into flamenco at all.

- I was not, no no no.

My music was punk rock and rock and roll

and music from the sixties.

And anything that was coming from The United States

or France.

But then I got a little homesick

by year two of being there.

And I needed that dose of Spanishness.

So I started listening to flamenco for the first time

in my life.

Even taking dance classes over there.

- We actually went and saw flamenco live in Oakland

in New Zealand both for the first time.

The first time we both saw flamenco was together

in New Zealand.

And we went to dance classes together.

I dropped out after about like four classes

but one of the things that this means

is if you go and see a flamenco show in a Tablow

there are going to be other tourists around you.

Cause this wonderful world-class artists

need tourism to survive.

Because the flamenco venue are not filling up

with locals.

- No, no, no.

There's just not enough fans.

There's just not enough of us.

- Here people might know a few dance moves

or something like that.

But they maybe don't love the muse, the singing as much.

- The singing is more of a harder to like I guess.

It sounds hard for our ears.

Guttural, the rhythms are very different

to you know like pop music.

So yeah people are big fan of the guitar and the dancing

kind of more immediately than the singing.

- Cliche number 11.


Yoly, you're a huge bullfighting fan, right?

- Yes!

No, not at all, not at all.

It's actually quite unpopular as well.

You know amongst younger people.

I don't know, my age.

- Well I have a statistic here

so between seven out of ten

16-35 year olds are against bullfighting

in this country.

So that's a really broad young age group.

And most of them 70 percent are against it.

Now I mean you've grown up with bullfighting


- I grew up with it, it was on T.V almost every day

during the season.

And I've seen a lot

because my dad used to enjoy watching them on T.V.

- But you've never been to one?

- I've never been to one live.

Like, I have no interest really.

To see it.

- I've been to two as a curious ex-pat when I arrived here

I went to a couple.

I'm against it.

As a lot of people of our generation

are against it.

Obviously there are still on particularly in Madrid.

And in the South of Spain.

You won't see them in Contaloey,

you won't see them in the Canary Islands.

But what will happen to it do you think?

Do you think it'll disappear?

- I think, it certainly is fading away.

And probably disappear.

And you know the animal rights should be above all of that.

- Exactly, above the entertainment factor.

I think one of the things that will probably happen

to bullfighting is just financially

their will not be the money in it to keep going

the same way it is.

And even we're noticing, if you read statistics,

there's a drop in the number of bullfights every year.

Because if there is not ticket buyers,

then nobody is going to make money out of it.

So nobody was gonna want to put on a bullfight.

It is a political football, bullfighting in this country.

So one thing to pity if you've got a conservative government

or a liberal government

than bullfighting is one of those things

that's always kept to the supporters.

So you've got for example you've got bullfighting

under the previous Socialist government

was banned from national T.V

and then the Conservative government

put it back on T.V.

But it is a little surreal.

We were in a bar a couple months back

and it was more traditional bar

in quite a conservative neighborhood.

And there was bullfighting on the T.V

and I was looking at it

and there's an animal dying on T.V.

And I was like man,

it's interesting how things can be so engrained

in culture

that you don't actually look at them

through the lens of like

there is somebody killing an animal for entertainment

on T.V.

If that didn't exist and you were like

let's just do this thing, this sounds great

everybody would be like oh my god!

But it's just still there.

And it still becomes, people grab onto it.

Whether they're for or against

as a sense of identity of your politics

and things like that.

- Yeah.

- So I think it will evolve

and what I think might happen

is that it evolves into something

where the bull is not killed or tortured.

And maybe jumping over the bull or something like that.

I don't think it will disappear completely.

Cliche number 12.

I'm gonna give up the whole hands thing,

because it's getting very complicated.

But here we go.

Most Spaniards are good Church-going Catholics.

Now I think the image of this country

is Catholicism.

Particularly driven by the Dictatorship

that we had from 39 to the mid-seventies.

So this is still the image

that a lot of people have.

And when we moved into our first apartment here,

I think there was a picture of the virgin

hanging above the bed.

The virgin Mary I should say.

And obviously the religious artifacts.

It's really a generational thing.

And I have a statistic here

that I think is really, really interesting.

So, 70 percent of Spaniards still call themselves Catholics.

That's down from 90 percent in 1978.

1978 was the year that we became a Democracy.

So it's 70 percent call them Catholic.

That's pretty high, right?

- Yeah.

- I mean do you call yourself a Catholic.

- Uh, no.

Actually I have de registered from the Catholic Church.

- So Yoly has apostatarde we say in Spanish.

I'm not sure what the word is in English.

It's probably like apostatized or something like that.

To get taken off the list.

Because you're baptized, you're on the list.

You have to go through some administrative work.

- It was a little bit of paperwork,

but fairly simple.

- Fairly simple.

It would have been harder a few years back, right?

- Yes it was.

- So you're not officially counted as a Catholic anymore.

Oh my god, does that mean that you're a heathen?

I'm married to a heathen?

So okay 70 percent call themselves Catholic,

but that's a little misleading statistic.

Because 60 percent of that 70 percent,

get your calculators out,

say they almost never go to mass.

So you've got 70 percent saying yeah I'm a Catholic.

But most of them never go to mass.

So they're not practicing Catholics.

So what does that tell us?

Does that say something about the fact

that Catholicism is still strong as a tradition?

- Tradition, yeah.

- People aren't active necessarily.

- Yeah I call it like a social club really.

People just do it out of tradition, you know?

Even people that has never like in years

gone to mass on Sunday.

And then you know they get married

and all of a sudden they have a baby.

And they baptize the baby.

And you're like really?

So it's actually Sunday today and we did not go to mass.

Sorry if that disappoints anyone.

Okay our last cliche.

Unlucky number 13.

Spaniards are highly passionate people.

This is the country of Picasso, of Dali, of Penelope Cruz.

Yoly, tell me.

Are you a wonderfully passionate mwah kinda people

and culture?

- Do you need to ask?


- How dare I ask that question.

- I think I guess, we are very welcoming people.

We are warm.

I think we are very warm.

I guess that we are kinda easy going.

Just with an open heart.

I mean of course this is a massive generalization.

You know people of all kinds in this country.

But I guess we do have a bit of a open attitude

towards someone that is going to approach us

in the street.

- I think that's right.

I mean we're talking about passion,

we're not all running around like crazy people.

Our passion really converts

into an openness, a friendliness, a warmth.

The bars are very loud because the people are talking a lot

because love to talk in this country.

- I have especially a loud voice.

- Yoly has a perfect voice for cutting through

and getting your order in a tapas bar

when there is a lot of noise.

Perfect pitch.

I know when I moved here and you're meeting people

for the first time

people are just friendly and open.

They're not super closed down.

Again as you said they're generalizations.

But they're is an openness,

a willingness to have a conversation.

Say how are you and a smile and things like that.

So it's a wonderful place where

you can walk into a bar and start chatting to someone.

And it's true that they might have a lot of struggles

going on in the background.

But they will often wear it with a smile.

Rightly or wrongly in some ways.

But you know people will strike up conversations

very very easily.

And so I think that easiness does feel like a form

of passion.

Yep, I'm gonna call Spain as passionate

in that sense.

- All right.


- If you come here,

learn some of the lingo.

Because the ability to kind of have

a wonderful experience here,

if you just know a few words,

people will engage with you.

And that's what's so wonderful.

And I'm sure there are other countries

where that is a little harder to do.

But here, it's really easy.

So learn a few words, come and engage with

all these wonderful passionate Spaniards.

Guys, what did we miss?

What did we get wrong?

If you live here, if you're a Spaniard

like Yoly

and you're like oh my god

I can't believe I've said these terrible things

about my culture.

If you're an ex-pat and you have a different experience,

let us know.

Or if you're for example have other questions

that you'd like to ask us

do list now in the comments below

and we will reply.

And the other thing I was going to say is

what did you think about us doing a video

here in our home?

Talking about life and Spain?

Is it something that interests you?

Are there more topics we could talk about

like listen in this format

when we're not doing tapas crawls in the bars,

do let us know.

Anything to add Yoly?

- Well thanks for watching.

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Give us a thumbs up.

Go on, Yoly's mom will be proud.

And we'll see you in the next video.

Hasta luego!

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