This working holiday was one of the best choices we’ve made! We made new friends, learned about a culture completely different than ours, and visited some of the most beautiful hidden corners of Spain. We are very grateful, and we hope you will have a chance to do the same.
Here are the 10 differences we’ve noticed compared to home :
The Siesta, in my opinion, should be practiced everywhere in the world! A nice nap in the middle of the day gives you a boost of energy and puts you in a good mood. In Valencia, this Siesta occurs from 3 pm to 5 pm. Some shops even close at that time!
The food here is great, they mostly eat traditional foods like paella (rice), bocadillos, tomatoes, chips, peppers (marinated with vinegar), meat (mostly smoked), a lot of cheese, and fruits for dessert.
The food here is grown locally all year so it is very affordable. For example, you can buy 3 melons for 5 euros, and in Canada you get one melon for 5 $. Alcohol is very cheap as well.
Lunch at 2 pm
Siesta from 3 pm to 5 pm
Supper between 7pm and 10pm
During summer it gets really hot and humid. Make sure you have a beach or a pool nearby ! It doesn’t rain very often, and if it does, it will last for a couple of minutes. Little tip : don’t pack any pants, you won’t wear them.
People here litterally party all night! The clubs stay open until morning.
The most popular sport is ‘’football’’ (soccer). There is the bull run and bull fighting, but we did not attend.
Gin tonic and Sangria are very popular. For every birthday, they open a bottle of champagne…we’ve been to 4 birthdays that summer.
We thought that everybody would speak spanish and most people would know english. To our surprise, because of our lack of research, they have different languages like Valenciano and Catalunia. Only a few speak english and some French.
Before traveling here, we didn’t know much about Spain, except for the bull runs and the tomato tossing. Spain is so much more historic and beautiful. There is spectacular views of mountain scenery and the beaches are gorgeous.
There are not much insects compared to where we come from. There are no mosquitos! You are sitting outside during the evening, and you are not getting eaten alive!
This is our experience in Valencia, so it might not be the same if you are in a different region of Spain. For example, in the northern region they get snow. In the southern region it gets really really hot!