Four months into my big move to Spain I was wondering if I would last the whole year.Teaching English in the small town of Linares, Jaen wasn’t working out how I imagined it would.All in all, Latin men make you feel like hope still exists.On a quest on some lovin’ in the midst of a frigid, endless winter, I recently made my way to Seville, Spain,the rare place in Europe where men don’t treat you like Stan-Smith-comrades-slash-roommates.I found myself at a New Year’s Eve party and spotted an attractive young man named Estebán.Taking to heart Laura’s advice, I decided to let him be the one to pursue me.Meeting the family is a big deal in most cultures, but even more so in Spain, and it can happen pretty soon into the relationship.
Never having stepped foot in South America (yet – I’m saving myself), I have successfully outsourced the culture via a number of crazy Latino friends, as well as the other national treasure that this part of the world to offer – Latin men have led to some of the more exciting adventures of my young life.
Faking interest in a nearby jukebox, I remained glued to the floor, my pride scattered in pieces around my feet. The idea that approaching a man should be equated to sexual promiscuity makes my gag reflex quiver.
Señor Guapo and his friends soon migrated to another area of the bar, and my perfectly primped, high-heeled Spanish girlfriends quickly descended upon me. But, I had just learned the first rule of dating in Spain, and I’d learned it the hard way: If you are a woman and you are interested in a man, never ever show it.
As with anything, it’s hard to generalize, especially when it comes to dating in Spain, because each region has a somewhat distinct culture. Here are some things to keep in mind for your Spanish love affair.
The first and most important part of dating a Spaniard is meeting their family.When your parents come to visit, expect mutterings under their breath about how famished they are.