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Global Voices: Spain

Updated: Nov 2

Our Global Differences series presents real voices of people from across the globe telling us about their own countries, and the differences between these and the UK.


In this month's post on global differences, we hear from Cristina and Cristian, two Spaniards living here in the UK.




Meet Critina Falagán





Name: Cristina Falagán

Job / Profession: Web designer

Home country and town: La Bañeza (Spain)

Native language: Spanish

How long have you been in the UK?

Almost 2 years.


What was your first impression of the UK?

My first impression was good, very good, because there are a lot of people from different countries. Manchester is a very cosmopolitan city and because of that variety, people are more open minded. For example in Manchester everybody dressed like they want,  they don’t think about what people can think about them and in my opinion it's a good point. In this city everybody can be who they want to be.


What did you find was the biggest difference between here and your home country?

People’s personalty is very different at work. In Spain when you are working in a team, people are more talkative and they help you more. In the UK, everybody just does his/her job.


What is the biggest misconception people in the UK have of your country?

They think that everybody takes a nap after eating and they think that paella has chorizo, as well.


What’s the one place you’d say we have to visit in your country?

Leon, of course! It is the city of tapas, with every drink you have a free tapa such as paella, tortilla, gazpacho, octopus and so on. And drinks are cheaper than in the UK. 




What’s the one dish or meal you’d really recommend?

The best dish in Spain is without a doubt homemade croquettes. There's a lot of variety: croquettes with chicken, blood sausage (black pudding), ham, fish and so on. 


What’s your favourite word in your own language? What does it mean in English?

My favorite word is “tia” what literally means 'aunt', but everybody uses it like 'mate' or 'friend'.





Meet Cristian Justel







Name: Cristian

Job / Profession: Engineer (Driver in UK)

Home country and town: Spain, La Bañeza (Leon)

Native language: Spanish

How long have you been in the UK?

Almost 2 years


What was your first impression of the country?

When I saw the country from the plane, I was impressed by the large number of houses I saw. I mean, in my country the cities usually are more concentrated with a lot of fields with hardly any houses while here the cities extend a lot towards the outskirts. After that, the accent!

I thought I knew a bit of English and it turned out that I knew nothing.


What did you find was the biggest difference between here and your home country?

The biggest difference is the weather. Not only the cold because maybe the winter in my country is colder, but the rain. It's always raining and that's awful. You have to get used to the rain or you'll be at home all day.


What is the biggest misconception people in the UK have of your country?

We aren’t lazy and partying all day.

Instead, we’re good workers and we more than show it when we come to work here. Also, we've got an enormous cuisine, not only paella and sangria.


What’s the one place you’d say we have to visit in your country?

One of the many amazing buildings to see in Barcelona

Well, I wouldn’t say just one place because there are a lot of worthwhile places to visit. For instance, if you love the beaches and the sun, I’d recommend you to visit the south or the islands. If you like the mountains and the food, then the north would be ideal. And if you like the big cities, you cannot miss going to Madrid or Barcelona.


What’s the one dish or meal you’d really recommend?

A well-made potato Spanish omelette (tortilla de patata)


What’s your favourite word in your own language? What does it mean in English?  

Cerveza which means beer



Is there anything you want to ask Cristina or Cristian?

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