Discuss the Article : 20 Differences Between East European And Spanish Culture
A funny overview of some cultural differences between Spain and the countries from East Europe that might help prepare you for your trip or language journey!
Wait. Why are you generalizing eastern Europe? I assume you haven't lived in all eastern Europe countries. For example, you said everyone speaks English in Eastern Europe, but in Russia and Ukraine people speak less English than in Spain.
As spanish, It's very interesant to see the point of view that foreigners have above our habits and culture. Also, your article is very funny, congratulations.
I only disagree in the armpits point: spanish women usually wax their armpits, their legs and groins. Maybe in winter they relax a bit, but in summer, with light clothing or bathing suit, it's not normal to see hairy women. Indeed, this is something that in Spain we say about french or nordic women in general: at the beach, if you see a woman with hairy armpits or groins, you can to bet she's a foreigner tourist.
(Ah! now I see the comment explaining you refer to forearms! Yes, in this point you're totally right)
Finally, Who won?
Almost everyone under the age of 35 speaks English at a very high level, especially those in the smaller countries. This is partially due to the fact that we generally watch movies in the original English version, with subtitles in our own language.
---> I am curious about what of smaller countries you were referring to.
Born and grew in Ukraine, live for 10 years in Russia now, agree with all BUT waxing forearms - it is not that common unless probably some girls have really hairy ones, but yes to armpits, legs and ...you know..)))
As for the knowledge of english...I don't know about whole Spain, but in Barcelona I survived 9 months half of them with hola and gracias and I can bet you would be in big trouble trying to find an english speaking person on streets of my native city which isn't that small - about 500 thousand inhabitants and many foreigners don't feel that easy in Moscow either - though there are lots of people who can speak english you will be having hard time to find them when you need them (buying SIM card, some food unless it is in supermarket, etc, of course no english among taxi drivers, i mean NONE AT ALL))))) In Barcelona it wasn't like that.
Also being dressed up in the morning is rather rare in Moscow though you meet a lot of high heels among the office staff...Jackets, tights, pumps - but it is about dress code.