Spaniards are very fashionable and they dress up everywhere they go.
Typical winter attire for college women: big, fluffy scarf, long sleeved shirt (plaid is pretty popular), thick sweater, dark skinny jeans, high-heeled boots (either knee-height or ankle) or high-heeled shoes (with a platform) and a winter coat complete with furry hood. Sixty to 70 degrees is absolutely freezing for Spaniards.
Typical attire for college men: thick scarf or neck warmer, sweater, dark skinny jeans or dark cotton pants, Converse or work boots and a winter coat with a furry hood.
Of course, neither outfit is complete without a cigarette in your hand. Seriously, everyone here has been a heavy smoker since they were about 13. I have yet to meet a Spaniard my age who didn’t sound like they were a 70-year old smoker.
Typical winter attire for middle-aged women: thick scarf, dressy shirt or dressy sweater, dark cotton pants or dark skinny jeans, tennis shoes or boots and a big winter coat.
Typical winter attire for middle-aged men: scarf or neck warmer, sweater, dark cotton pants, dark dress shoes and a winter coat. These outfits are usually accompanied with a baby stroller or a dog on a leash.
Typical winter attire for older women: hat, sweater, dark dress pants, dress shoes with a small heel, and a winter coat.
Typical winter attire for older men: fedora, scarf, sweater vest over a dress shirt, dark dress pants, dress shoes and a winter coat. The older people here usually have walkers or push little carts that they use to bring home produce from the markets.
I’m really enjoying my time abroad here. It’s really neat to see and live in a totally different culture for six months. You never really understand just how big the world is until you leave your home country and go to a different country.
I’ve also found that people here (and the other international students) aren’t that different from people I know in the U.S. Sure, there are obvious differences in language and culture, but based on personalities, I don’t feel that different from everyone.
Spain is definitely teaching me how to take time to enjoy myself and do things that I like to do. I’ve spent a lot of time walking around the city just looking at the awe-striking architecture on the building, and going into different shops to see what there is.
I’m really glad I took the opportunity to travel abroad. I hope to travel all over Spain while I’m here to really get a feel of the different regional cultures. As they say here, hasta luego!