Five false ideas about Spain and Spanish people
I have to say 'thanks' to the internet; thanks for allowing this international communication. In fact, I had, and still have, the opportunity of meeting people from several countries, mainly due to the fact that I teach Spanish online.
And during all this time, I've been trying to let people know about my country, culture, language, etc. By the way, I've also read and heard about some "clichés", some of them funny, about Spain and Spaniards.
One of them, maybe the one that really "impressed" me was that...
1.- Spain is a country located in... America!!
I understand some people connect the concept of "Spanish" language with "Spain" and, as Spanish is spoken in South / Central America, they associate it and think Spain is located in America.
2.- One of the most typical dishes in Spain is... burrito!!
Oh, no. Well, we, Spaniards, love Mexican dishes. In fact, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and chains in Spain, but the "burrito" is not typical from my country.
3.- The concept of "torero" or, as some people say: "toreador".
Do they think everybody here in Spain is wearing, as something usual, the typical "torero" and "flamenco" dresses? No, of course. J
4.- Spain = Sun
Well, this is almost true... if we go to the south of Spain. In fact, the north of Spain is much more humid and cold. There are, for example, communities (I mean, Autonomic Communities, referring to old-named "regions") like Galicia or Asturias with a warm -no hot- weather in summer. And some of "Castilla y Léon" provinces have really cold winters! By the way, if you want to spend your summer time in Spain, take into account the south (Andalucía, Levante) is dry and hot, and it's usually plenty of tourists. On the other hand, the north, which has been promoted quite a lot lately, is a warmer, quite place for all those who prefer not to high temperature, although, I must say, there is one risk: rain and / or cloudy days.
Finally, my last "false idea about Spain" is:
5.- Having a "Socialist" Government now, is the same as if we were saying Spain is... Communist!!
Oh, no! The name of the Political Party in the Government right now is "Partido Socialista Obrero Español" (PSOE, in short). But it has nothing to do with Communism.
Ok, please, don't misunderstand me. I'm not laughing at you! Maybe you had thought, until now, any of the above ideas was true for you. This is just a list of things we Spaniards hear from our country and culture, and my intention is just to help everybody know what's true and what is not.