8 More Things That Are Different Here In Lanzarote

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That kissing thing…..

Yes, it’s generally the case when meeting a person of the opposite sex to kiss them. Twice. Even if it’s the first time you’ve met. Just get used to it - the secret is to put a hand either side of the other person’s lower chest, avoid boobs and bums, and kiss both cheeks. But please don’t make that “Mwah" noise.

Saying no at the end of sentences

In English we tend to say yes or yeah at the end of a sentence to seek a response. For example, “The wind is strong today, yeah?" The Spanish, even when speaking English, are more likely to say: “The wind is strong today, no?"

Cancelling events due to the weather

Fortunately we don’t have “weather" here very often, but when we do get rain, everything gets cancelled - school, barbecues, concerts, even sporting events!

Wearing clothes in winter

Don’t be surprised to see people who live on the island togged up in winter. 18 degrees might be warm enough for visitors to stroll about shirtless, but for those of us who have been here a few years, it’s cool enough for boots and scarves to be the order of the day, and at night we’ll be wearing coats hats and gloves too!

Saying goodbye

In northern Europe, you’re likely to say “Hello" as you pass people you know in the street. Here in Spain, we say goodbye, so don’t be surprised if someone says “Adios" or “Hasta Luego" to you.

But also saying hello!

When you walk into a bank or shop, everyone else in there says “Buenos dias" to you, even if they don’t know you.

Adjectives come after the noun

In Spanish, we’ll say Una copa de vino blanco, seco - literally a glass of wine, white, dry. Get in the habit of saying the noun first, then describing it.

Nowhere is “Child friendly"

The concept of a child friendly bar or restaurant doesn’t exist here. Everywhere is child friendly, and children are welcomed wherever you go, so everywhere is effectively child friendly.


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