5 Surprising Things About Spain

9:49:00 AM

Hola amigos, it's been a minute!

There's been a good amount of dead air on here, due to the fact that Ian and I have been exploring a foreign continent and I have not carved out a sit-down time to write.

But! I am taking a writing break now in Bilbao, a small city in the Spanish Basque country. We arrived here this morning after spending several days in Madrid and Barcelona. I am working on more comprehensive city recaps, but for now here are 5 things that have surprised (and delighted) us here in Spain.

1. The napkins here are so tiny. I would describe them as 1/2 ply cocktail napkins cut in half. It is unclear to me whether the population here is just better at eating neatly, or whether its okay to just use a dozen napkins per meal.

2. Vermouth in Catalunya is more like sangria than the liqueur you might ask the bartender to leave out of your martini. It is an herbaceous winey drink served with an orange or lemon slice and if you're lucky, an olive from Valencia.

3. Lots of places give you free food. Usually, this looks like a free snack or appetizer when you sit down. Sometimes it looks like several plates of free tapas when you order a round of drinks.

4. Umbrella usage. Many people hang their laundry to dry on racks mounted to their windows or balconies, we knew this. But what if it rains, you ask? Simply rest an umbrella over the drying clothes.

5. A few of the tapas bars we found play old school music videos from all over the world. We were lucky enough to catch "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears (see above).

1 comment:

  1. Enjoying this whimsical travelogue very much! You make it feel like we're there, Liz!