Being with my Spanish boyfriend has been an eye-opening experience.
Meeting the family is a big deal in most cultures, but even more so in Spain, and it can happen pretty soon into the relationship.
Three weeks into dating my boyfriend, I still remember when he timidly asked me if I would like to meet his sister and niece.
But overall, being with my Spaniard has helped me to truly adapt to About Nina Lee Nina Lee is a New York native currently exploring Madrid from the inside.
She enjoys stuffing her face with jamon and chocolate pastries as she continues on her journey of living, loving and traveling more intentionally.
My boyfriend was an absolute gentleman–to the point where I wasn’t sure if he was interested.
Another friend of mine said she thought her boyfriend was mean at first because he barely spoke to her, but it turns out he was just incredibly shy.I’m a compulsive planner, coming from a city where you have to schedule a coffee date with someone at least two days in advance. As you can imagine, it led to quite a few arguments, especially when it came to planning trips. I eventually adapted to the Spanish lifestyle and became less compulsive in planning, and he understood that for bigger trips, we had to make reservations and plan in advance. Whatever strikes us in the moment, whether it’s taking a walk or heading to a café, we decide then and there.Spanish men have a reputation for being incredibly romantic.I was lucky to have a solid base of Spanish when I came to Spain, but I’ve got friends who started their relationships with zero Spanish and their boyfriends had zero English, and they’ve made it work.However, things can get complicated when it comes to those inevitable arguments.As with anything, it’s hard to generalize, especially when it comes to dating in Spain, because each region has a somewhat distinct culture. Here are some things to keep in mind for your Spanish love affair.