10 Strange Facts About Madrid/SpainMadrid, Spring 2010

  1. Madrileños always look sharp!  From the toddlers, to the collage students, to the old folks.  You will never see a Madrileño wearing sweats in public, but it is very likely to see a woman wearing 5 inch heels in the grocery store!
  2. The stoplights "cherp" when the it is okay for a pedestrian to cross.  For the first two weeks I assumed birds just lived in the stoplights.
  3. If you are in Madrid, your hair will permanently smell like smoke.
  4. Spainards don't belive that Americans landed on the moon.
  5. It actually gets very cold in Madrid.  It has snowed twice since I arrived 2 weeks ago!
  6. In Madrid it is possible that you may see people making out in public....actually very possible
  7. When there are two doors on a building, one is always locked, typically the one I try to open.
  8. Students use graphing paper as notebooks, regular lined paper does not exist!
  9. Madrileños eat dinner so late!  10:30pm is not a strange time to eat or (22:30 as the Spaniards would say).
  10. Laws in Spain still have to be signed by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.
Spain is odd... but I love it :)
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5 Comments

  1. Those are indeed interesting observations about Madrid. How many people told you they don’t believe in the moon landing? I have a few strange facts of my own, not about Madrid, but strange none-the-less:

    http://daisybrain.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/its-a-fact/

  2. Thanks so much!! These are amazing! I loved reading them!!! :O)

  3. Hi,
    looking on the network for a complete different thing I end up reading this post. I know it is from 2010 but is it so WRONG that I have to clarify few things here:

    “woman wearing 5 inch heels in the grocery store” I saw this here in London too.
    “stoplights “cherp” when the it is okay for a pedestrian to cross.” So blind people know when it is safe to cross. “For the first two weeks I assumed birds just lived in the stoplights.” I assume this is a joke.
    “If you are in Madrid, your hair will permanently smell like smoke.” Unfortunately yes. Spaniards smoke constantly. But things are improving since the new tobacco ban law was applied.
    “Spainards don’t belive that Americans landed on the moon.”: Many people around the world believes this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_moon_landing_hoax_accusations). Actually, the first book about the subject, Bill Kaysing’s self-published We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle was from an American writer! Seems like some people that you met in Spain too, but this doesn’t mean that ALL Spaniards don’t belive that Americans landed on the moon. I’m Spaniard and I believe it, and all the people I know believes it too and would laugh if someone don’t!
    “It actually gets very cold in Madrid. It has snowed twice since I arrived 2 weeks ago!”: Madrid is almost as north as New York and 2,188 ft above the sea level, what do you expect???
    “When there are two doors on a building, one is always locked, typically the one I try to open.” Hello!
    “Students use graphing paper as notebooks, regular lined paper does not exist!” Of course they exist! but they aren’t popular unless you’re under 10 years old. The graphic ones allow you to write as good as the others and also it’s easier to draw a littler graphic if needed.
    “Laws in Spain still have to be signed by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.” Aren’t the Federal laws in the US approved by the “Head of state” in your case the President? In Spain the Parliament rules the laws, the Senate approves them and to be official they are signed by the King even if he doesn’t like to. All the degrees in Spain have also the signature of the King but we do not force the poor old man to sign millions of diplomas every year, some royal department prints them with the signature on it.

    One thing it is true: We, Spanish people like to talk too much about things that we don’t really know. And then we love to argue our point around a table having some wines and tapas. I’m sure some of these things like the moon hoax or the king signature was someone that told you that just to draw the attention.

    Spanish people also has lots of Stereotypes about Americans. Specially about the fact that you think the world is America and all the rest is the third world. They usually think that most of the Americans have no idea about history or geography (Americans think Spain is in South America somewhere near Mexico – classic). Obviously, most of these stereotypes are ridiculous but in few cases may be true.

    I’m glad that you came to visit my country. I hope you had a great time there.

  4. hi

    spanish people are very proud, about things and about their own value protection too. they try not to take it to heart, but they get offended really quickly. they take these things as an offence. you know this because the slightest touch about spain, spanish things will finally result in an attack on your persona and country. better to talk about other worthwhile places and forget spain. there are a lot of silly people. they all live in england though, the problem is, not all of them are english.

  5. For you it’s weird but for me I called it beautiful and free, sounds weird right? People got their own things and stuff, they wanted to do it the unusual way so let them be and not call them weird because they are just being their selves, just saying though =) well great things more about madrid can be found here =) http://www.simplymadrid.org/

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