Daily Life in Spain

What's daily life in Spain like?

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Here’s the script for this episode of Where in the World: Spain all about the daily life in Spain.

Hola! ¿Cómo te va todo?  That means “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish!  As you might have therefore guessed, I’m in Spain with another crazy riddle for you to solve.

And it looks like it’s all about daily life in this beautiful country.  Have a listen – what do YOU think it could be about?

Find three ways and then explain how days are different for kids in Spain

Hmm, so how is daily life different in Spain? Well in some ways it isn’t different at all!  Kids like you go to school, eat meals and enjoy their hobbies and spend time with their family and friends.

School in Spain does have a few differences though.  In many schools, children call their teachers by their first name, and in big schools instead of children changing rooms for each new lesson, it’s more common for the teachers to change rooms!

Lunchtimes can be different too.  It’s much less common for kids to have school meals, and in some schools they go home for lunch.  And to make sure there’s plenty of time to get home and back, lunchtimes can be two or three hours long!

So that’s quite a few differences, I think schools must be one of the three things we’re looking for.

Brilliant!  Right! I think the next big difference is connected to meals and the times they are eaten.

Lunch in Spain isn’t usually a quick sandwich – it’s treated as a very important meal and is often two courses.  It’s often a little later than lunch in the UK, and in size is similar to what we’d think of as tea or supper.  Children might have a smaller meal in the evening or if they stay up later – which is fairly common – they might eat with the adults as late as 9 or 10 at night!

So are mealtimes another answer to our riddle, I wonder?

Brilliant!  Two down one to go!   And I think the last one might be about a sleepy subject… something very Spanish called a siesta!

A siesta is a nap in the middle of the day.  Traditionally there were very good reasons for having one.  It’s often the hottest time of the day and so it’s sensible to stay out of the scorching sun.  Also, as we’ve seen, people tend to stay up later in Spain and have their evening meals when kids in the UK would be tucked up in bed.  Siestas give everyone enough energy for the evening to come.  Today, siesta’s are a little less common, but shops may well close for a few hours… but they’ll be open right into the night to make up for it!

I’m feeling confident – is siesta the final thing that’s different about daily life in Spain?

Brilliant!  We’ve solved the riddle!  See you next time!

Find out more about Spain in more episodes of our series, Where in the World: Spain.

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