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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Spain?

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We asked people in Spain if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Spain, it is important to be aware of certain cultural norms to avoid inadvertently offending people. For example, when entering a building, it is polite to greet those you pass with a warm 'hola', even if you don't know them. Additionally, when dining out, you should always wait for your host to start the meal before you begin to eat. It is also considered impolite to ask for a takeaway without first finishing the meal. Furthermore, due to the strong religious nature of the country, take care not to discuss topics such as politics or religion. Finally, be sure to take off your shoes when entering someone's home as a sign of respect," commented one expat who made the move to Spain.

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"Thank God no! But my daughter, who is very polite, provoke a few laughs for using to much "please" and "thanks"," remarked another expat in Madrid, Spain.

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