Spanish Culture Talk at Caxton College
On 5th November, a group of veteran students from Caxton College did a presentation about Spanish culture.
All international students were invited to attend this meeting, which aimed to help new students to better understand Spanish and Valencian culture and traditions.
They explained that most foreign people find it hard to adapt to certain things in the Spanish lifestyle, like meal times. This is mainly because of lack of knowledge, but is also due to differences with their own culture.
But they didn’t just talk about meal times. They talked about the actual meals too. Although the Valencian gastronomy is greatly appreciated by Valencian people, it’s true that foreigners find many aspects a bit bizarre: why is paella only eaten at lunch time?, “horchata” is a drink made from some kind of nut I’ve never heard of?, salads and tapas are placed in the middle of the table for everyone to share?
They also talked about how Spanish greet people with a kiss on each cheek and we are so surprised when foreigners prefer to shake hands.
At the end of the presentation, all attendees were invited to taste the traditional “horchata” and “fartons”.
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