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Well, maybe you should look for a girl of another nationality. Most of my international friends here in Madrid think owning a car in the city is insane – or at least unnecessary. It beats getting a tutor to “drill you” on pronunciation any day.

And since we usually come from places with no public transport, we’re happy to grab the metro or an occasional taxi. Just try “getting intimate” with that special lady while mom and dad are sitting on the sofa eating In Spain, it doesn’t matter if you’re 35. But I sometimes wonder how much these serious student girls are really into me…

Of course, long disclaimers at the beginning of blog posts are all the rage these days, so lemme just say: Yes, I’m generalizing.

And inspired by her, I figured I’d make my contribution to the conversation…

At least 90% of the population speak Castilian Spanish as a first or second language.

About 17% of the population speak Catalan, 7% speak Galician and 2% speak Basque. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction to Spanish culture and the people; it can not account for the diversity within Spanish society and is not meant in any way to stereotype all Spanish people you may meet!

Walking out of the house and having such things waiting for us seems glamorous and European – almost James-Bondish. You can be unemployed and living at home – sleeping on a twin bed shaped like a racecar, even – and nobody will think it’s weird. And also my ex-boyfriend is back from the grape harvest and we’ve decided to give it another go. Was she just hanging in there for the free conversation classes?

However, for your average Spanish guy, a car is a large part of the seduction process. Most people blame the economy, the real estate market, or something equally lame. Was she just waiting for the interview to be over so she could go back to dating guys with dark hair and the ability to get a tan? But it could also be some wild superstition based on the pre-scientific beliefs of the shepherds in the hills around her town.

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