Thursday, October 3, 2013

5 Things I didn't know before moving to Spain

1. How to drive on the right hand side of the road.
Seriously women - it isn't that difficult. Time to reclaim the driving seat on foreign holidays.

2.  But you can't wear flip flops..
When driving. Unless you want to spend a bit more time getting to know the ubiquitous traffic police with their stern stares and mirrored shades. Hmmm.

3. They serve beer in McDonalds
'Can I have three Happy Meals and a large San Miguel please?'
(Of course I would be saying that in perfect Spanish though. And I wouldn't actually be saying it because I am, of course, a responsible parent.)  Anyway, it's not even just McDonalds, it's Burger King too, and any other fast food joint you care to mention, and coffee shops, and at 9am in the morning. Loco.

4. They have stairs on the outside of houses.
And none on the inside. I still haven't quite got my head around this yet. But they have stairs on the outside. Of their houses. Not all houses, but still.  On the outside. Loco.

5. They expect kids to sign their own legal documents.
Anyone who knows anyone who has moved to Spain will know that all the required paperwork makes as much sense as a cat on morphine. You can't get Document B until you have Document A, but you can't get that until you have Document C, which you need Document B for....We've been pretty much taking it in our stride until this week when we were told we all have to travel to the next big city's police station in order to sign our names in front of a police officer. All of us. Including the kids.  'But our youngest is 4. He can't write'. And....? 'Hmm. So they're open on a weekend?' No. 'But the kids are in school during the week'. And...?

Un poco loco, no?

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