Spain Trumps America

One thing I realized while in Spain is that nobody is in any rush to go anywhere. That song “Despacito” might be about getting it on, but that word is the way they live. Slowly.

Here in the States, we all work constantly and don’t stop until… well, until never. But over there, yes they work hard and want to live a good life, but those ambitions that drive Americans to the point of workaholism don’t stop the Spanish from living life beyond the scope of working. And I freaking love it. Students hosting kids from another country? Homework waived for the week. Lunch is at 3PM with the family? Finish the work day by 2:30PM. The funny thing is that they think their lives are already strenuous as stated by my host dad. But then again he also said that “if [he] were to live in America, [he thinks he’d] die.”

“Latina Time” was the slang dubbed by my teacher to describe this style of living. It’s pretty much defined as their lack of urgency and lengthy grace periods. While on the trip, there was not a single instant we left or began on time. Meet up at 7AM? Be there at 7:30. Or later. It got to be so bad that once we returned to the States, nuestra profesora had to clearly state that 7AM meant 7AM. We weren’t in Spain anymore.

There is one thing, though, that is rushed and urgent over there: showers. Take too long and you’ll use up all of the family’s hot water for the day.

Paz y Amor,

Caroline Cheng

P.S. the original “Despacito” without Justin Bieber is the way to go


Spanish Crash Course:

“Estado Unidenses” – American (“United Statesian”)

“Nuestra profesora” – Our teacher

“Paz y Amor” – Peace and Love

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