Though I was born in Canada and grew up in the Great White North, I was raised by Brits, and having now lived in London for nearly five years, I consider the UK my home.
I’ve travelled quite a bit and am always up for exploring a new place or way of life, so after Business Insider España launched in December, I jumped at the opportunity to spend two weeks in Madrid getting to know the Spanish team.
While it may only be a two-hour plane ride, the experience was pretty eye-opening.
I’d been to Madrid before, just once a few years ago, but my knowledge was essentially limited to cerveza, tapas, siestas, and sunshine. What I didn’t realise was that the laid-back attitude translates into the working world, too.
From late, long, carb-heavy lunches to a sleek alternative to Uber, scroll down to see everything that surprised me about everyday life in Spain.
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The Spaniards take their lunch incredibly late — 2 p.m. at the earliest, but often later. As someone who eats constantly, this was a shock to the system on my first day, when I didn’t bring lunch to work.
Most of them eat at the exact same time so they can chat and catch up (for at least an hour), meaning the office was often left empty. Nobody eats lunch al-desko.
There is bread involved in every single meal. At lunch, loaves of broad are often passed around for people to enjoy with their food. Anyone with a gluten-free diet would struggle.
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