1. It is a common tradition to eat 12 grapes every New Year's eve here in Spain. The tradition is to make a wish for each grape, which symbolizes a month of the year
2. Breakfast is the smallest meal here, unlike the United States. Lunches are big and they are seved between 2-2:30 every day. There are normally three courses. The first course is usually a soup/salad. The second course is some sort of meat. My host mom makes some variation of a chicken fillet. And the third course is a postre (dessert). It's intersting how dessert here is usually fruit.
3. It is normal for Spaniards live with their parents even after college graduation. This is because it's often difficult to find a job immediately after, and living at home serves as a way to save money.
4. Night life is LATE here in Salamanca. People don't start going out until usually 1 AM here. And once they do, they stay out til 5 or 6 AM!
5. Siestas (naps) are a routine part of life here in Spain. I guess naps are what help people get through such long days! Siestas are not frowned upon, in fact they are encouraged. It is normal behavior to take a siesta immediately afetr lunch everyday. In fact, most of the stores and shops close for part of the day due to this and due to the heavier lunches.
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<p>My name is Sri Narayanan and I am a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am studying Biology and Spanish with med school aspirations after graduation. At school, I am involved with Medlife, student government, and research. Outside of class, I enjoy meeting new people, retrieving stolen possessions from puppy, and traveling. This summer I will be spending four weeks in Salamanca, Spain. It will be my first time in Europe and I am incredibly excited to explore Salamanca, make new friends, and enjoy the different foods!</p>