Spain is the land of beaches, cheerful people, relax and sun, but also of culture, music, theatre and art. There are hardly more creative people on the planet than in Spain, creative in everything … as well in making up, hiding, cheating, but also in overcoming. We asked a Dutch person living in Barcelona how it felt these days to be in Spain.
by Andrea Sagay
The first dimension is power distance. Power distance is a dimension that addresses a society’s willingness to accept that there are inequalities between individuals. This is probably the most similar the two countries are, looking at all the dimensions. Despite that, they are still pretty different. The next dimension is Individualism. On this dimension Spain has a score of 51. This dimension shows how much members rely or depend on each other.
Basically, do the people in that society identify as a “we” or an “I”. Spain is a lot less individualistic than the United States, which has a score of 91. The third dimension is Masculinity. This dimension focuses on whether masculine or feminine values. A society with masculine values focuses more on competition, achievement and success.
by Stefanie Claudia Müller
There is a small city in the north of Spain, in Cantabria, that is going against all odds. The people of Corrales de Buelna not only fought 200 years before Christ like Asterix and Obelix against the romans, they also are a very social and open minded oriented society in a political more conservative and traditional surrounding. Everything seems to be different in the small villages that form the city. They go for tradition, but they also want to go abroad and get to know the world. This is also in part thanks to the vision of one man. First of all this patriot wanted to place his hometown in the history books and create a touristic attraction at the same time. But he realized quickly that there was much more about it then that. He just learned during the process, what could be achieved with organizing something together at that scale of a city.
In a way the founder of the “Guerras Cántabras”, Juan Miguel Villamuera, is a Spanish Asterix, even in a more metaphoric way. 17 years ago the by now grandfather looked for an activity that could unite the several independent spots of Corrales and its very different people. He wanted them to be proud of their roots and longed for living more in harmony then they did until then. “When one summer I saw historic spectacles in Cartagena, I realized that we in Cantabria have a lot to tell, since we were the last bastion fighting the roman invasion. I saw it as a chance to build up something big with my people here in Corrales”.
by Amalia Mobley
If you live in the United States, Valentine’s Day arrives with all its gaudy, plastic, heart-shaped dread and you have to live with the sickeningly sweet atmosphere it brings. Valentine’s is a day filled with annoyance, even if you’re not single — everywhere you look, it’s all pink and red and white.
By Costanza Cerasi
Many American students come to Spain to study abroad and find themselves confused, amused and sometimes perplexed with some cultural differences they are exposed to.
By James G. Skinner
Spaniards are fed up! They are fed up of political bickering, government statements of ‘the end of recession’, independence pleas by regional nationalists, banking disorders, corruption in practically every sector of the community, be it political parties, town councils, trade unions – who have been very quiet by the way – individual tax evaders and above all, members of the royal family.