Meeting and Greeting Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm.Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.This may account for the 18 percent divorce rate in Spain, much lower than that of other Western countries.The People Personal pride and individualism are highly valued, as are character and breeding. Flaunting superiority, intelligence and ability is not appreciated.However, after spending the holidays in Italy with my family and yearning to go home, I headed back to Spain determined to make the best of my remaining five months there.
Apart from the differences in character between the inhabitants of different regions, such as Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and Madrid, the population also includes a potpourri of foreigners from all corners of the globe.
Even in appearance, fewer and fewer Spaniards match the popular image of short, swarthy and dark, and the indigenous population includes blondes, brunettes and redheads.
Although not nearly as marked or rigidly defined as the British or French class systems, Spain has a complex class structure.
Photo: Eleazar I was used to hearing “Ew, get a room,” every time a boyfriend kissed me in public.
It came as a shock to me when my Spanish man held my hand, stopping every hundred feet while walking by the University of Barcelona to sensually whisper my name and kiss me.