When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
Spanish men typically are still living at home until well into their 30s so his mum is likely to be the queen of his world (who irons his pants and gives him a Tupperware to take to the office).
I avoided this by always trying to choose men whose family lived in another city, or preferably another country. 2 - Take a dictionary Photo of a man with a dictionary: Shutterstock At intercambios (language exchanges) you won´t just be swapping your mother tongues.
For your entertainment, we've plucked a few golden ones. you know you’re in a relationship with a Latino if: 1. 1 - Breaking the apron strings Photo of a man and his mother: Shutterstock If you believe you can move the relationship along at a snail´s pace and build up to meeting the family at around the six- month mark, then think again.If he´s into you then you can expect him to ask you to meet his mum, cousins and uncle Jose pretty quickly.Latin American Cupid is part of the well-established Cupid Media network that operates over 30 reputable niche dating sites.With a commitment to connecting singles worldwide, we bring Latin America to you.These men are looking for a good time and what better gift from heaven than a foreign girl new to Spain ready to start their engines? Words that would seem ridiculous coming from an English speaker take on a new charm when spoken with a Spanish accent.He'll mostly stick to the traditional plans of dinner, drinks and the cinema at the early stage.As the leading Hispanic dating site, we successfully bring together singles from around the world.For over 10 years, thousands of happy men and women have met their soul mates on Latin American Cupid and have shared their stories with us. For a fun, safe and uniquely Latin dating experience, join free today.When it comes to who pays, I have seen both ends of the spectrum from the stingiest to the most generous.My belief is, if he doesn´t think you are worth at least a meal, bin him.