One thing I really like about the Spanish is that they are not afraid to show how they feel. No one has ever described them as stoic, cold, or unemotional.
When we first moved here, it took us by surprise sometimes. You’d be standing in the street talking to someone, and they would move closer to talk to you. Talk about “up close and personal”, this was more like 2 inches from your face! And friends like to hold your arm or touch your shoulder as they speak to you.
Coming from England, where personal space is sacrosanct, and to invade it is a sign of aggression, this was a bit of surprise. It took some getting used to. And having being born in the midwest of America, to a Scandinavian family, it was even more to get used to! Growing up, we always knew we were loved, but physical signs of affection (or anger) were not really the done thing.
But now, I love it. I find it so refreshing to be able to say what I’m feeling, without censure. Or, if you are ever sick, you have to be prepared for questions from friends as to the intimate details of your illness – nothing is too personal!
The reason I mention this is that Spain won the World Cup last night. (my US friends may not know that) Watching the game in town, celebrating with the people in the village, was great. There was lots of alcohol consumed, but no violence. Small children were there with parents. Teens were there. Grandparents were there. All jumping around, all singing.
They really do know how to celebrate in style. Enjoy the video!