|One of our favorite parts of studying abroad is exploring new cultures. When you choose immersion programs with SPI, you’re not only immersing in the Spanish language, but also the culture of the locals! Even people who have never traveled are familiar with the term “culture shock,” but who’s to say that culture shock is necessarily a bad thing? It’s true that they do things a little differently in Spain, but we find that there’s lots to love.
Customs and Traditions in Santander, Spain.
Like their counterparts in Spain, Santander residents often start the evening with el paseo, a leisurely stroll through the main streets or along the paseo maritimo in the coastal resorts.
Much of everyday life is spent in the streets and residents look forward to the celebration of their fiestas which can last for days. Street cafés can accommodate a large capacity of both visitors and residents. As the evening sets in, these places usually begin getting crowded. Most of these establishments open late at night and don’t close until late the following day. Even with the introduction through media of Western culture, Santander residents still retain most of the old customs like handshaking and even kissing on both cheeks.
|Away from the holiday resorts, residents confine beachwear to the poolside or beaches. While being keen on designer clothes, Santander residents put a premium on quality clothes at reasonable prices. Teenage girls tend to wear trousers more than skirts. Denim is definitely ‘in’. Teenage boys are keen on designer wear and appearance is important to them. Mature Spaniards dress conservatively. Scantily clad holiday-makers are frowned upon in small villages, especially those far from the coast. One should be particularly careful of dress code upon entering churches. Swim-wear and short skirts are also frowned upon.|
Studying abroad is full of amazing experiences, from learning a new culture and language to making new friends from diverse ethnic and national backgrounds. In the end you, like most students, will return with a new sense of independence and more confidence. That will equip you to face challenges presented by the real world during college and in your professional career or during grad school.
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