Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good survey post. Even back in the day of Myspace (ooh! cringe!), I loved those posts where you listed your favorite drink (non-alcoholic, of course!) or the last thing you ate. Maybe it’s the voyeur in me. I saw another blogger’s post about her favorites, and I started to think it would be fun to share my favorite things about Spain, the country I call home—for now.
It’s such a tough decision. But I’m going to have to say salchichón, made by mother- and father-in-law. There is no comparison with the storebought version, and do not give me fuet. (By the way, I also appreciate Zamora’s version of cured sheep’s milk cheese, and I will never say no to lentejas!)
There’s no doubt—wine from the Toro region. Maybe I’ve become a bit tiresome, but I will never stop touting the wine from my husband’s home region. Toro wine isn’t for those who really don’t like red wine, though. You have to love the tannins!
I am obsessed with the word vale, and I recognize that my answer is unsatisfying. I don’t know why, but there’s something about that word. You know when a Spanish person is explaining something to you, and they keep repeating, Vale? Well, I love the way it sounds and especially the way certain people say it. Creepy? I swear it’s not!
I love studying Spanish idioms, so it’s not easy for me to pick a favorite. But I think “No es moco de pavo” (“It’s not a turkey booger”) is pretty hilarious for saying something is a pretty big deal. Some other funny ones:
- Disfrutar como un enano (To enjoy oneself like a dwarf)—To have a great time
- No se ganó Zamora en una hora (Zamora wasn’t won in a day)—Rome wasn’t built in a day. <–It’s obvious why I like this one, right?!
I’m talking chain stores here, so I’ll go with Mango.
I tend to read all three of Spain’s papers (El Mundo, El País, and ABC), but I have recently been enjoying El Confidencial. But please remember: Never read the comments. Ever.
8. Television Show
Do you hate me for admitting I don’t watch much Spanish television? Sitcoms aren’t really my thing, so those are out. I hate talk shows. I haven’t seen Isabel. I know! I suppose my favorite would have to be Lo Sabe, No Lo Sabe.
If sports stars count—Rafa Nadal. A close second would be Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta (whom I must include due to his pivotal role in helping Spain to win the 2010 World Cup). I’m not a fan of Penélope Cruz or Javier Bardem, but that may have to do with the fact that all my Spanish friends dislike them!
Mario. Duh! Most obvious and sappiest answer!