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Some (Surely) Useless Facts About Spain

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Apart from those that I have mentioned in previous posts (like tipping, pintxos/tapas, timetables, etc…), and that may have been of some interest, you may find the facts below as completely useless. But my US visitors have always made a comment about some of the items on the list:

1- Traffic lights are posted right where you must stop, not hanging from a wire several meters ahead of you.
2- U-Turns are (almost) always prohibited
3- Most cars run on diesel and are manual.
4- Size (of cars) is not (very) important to us. Size is never important, isn´t it?
5- 100% of apartments are completely furbished with washing machines. No basement for laundry.
6- You can have your TV programs in their original language (English, French…)simply change the language option. Or subtitled.
7- We like to have Coke (not that popular compared to the US) with a couple of icecubes, not icecubes with a bit of Coke on them.
8- There´s no such thing as “double whisky”. Amounts are at waiter´s discretion. Gin and Tonic is served in large glasses, with lots of ice and little gin.
9- In a restaurant your rarely ask for a glass of wine…it´s always a bottle, although you don´t have to drink it all.
10- Liquors are served after the meals, for a long aftermeal chat. Never after.
11- Beer has some taste and a “light” version is hard to find. You´ll easily find 0,0º alcohol beers.
12-Two drinks at the same bar is kind of odd…one per bar, and several bars in a row.
13- Signs in Galicia, Basque Country, Majorca, Catalonia are in two languages, Local and Spanish. Those most complicated to read are the Basque ones.
14- People don´t eat and walk at the same time...if you see somebody doing it, he´s a tourist.
15- You can have beer at any fast food chain
16- English is rarely and poorly spoken in off the beaten track places, even by young people.
17- White wine in the morning, red wine in the evening.
18- It´s perfectly acceptable to throw your paper napkins to the floor in a bar. In fact, it´s weird when you put it somewhere else. In the same way, use your hands to eat almost anything in the counter of a bar.

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