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CultureShock! Spain

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CultureShock! Spain is the definitive manual for adjusting to life in Spain. Not only does it translate local customs and culture and warn against making any social faux pas, but it also provides practical information to enable readers to live and work in Spain with ease. Understand the Spanish love of socialising and take part in the ritual evening paseo. Learn the concept behind the term mañana and how best to adapt your daily life to all that mañana entails. Discover the A-Z of Spanish food, the famous tapas culture and how best to fit in with Spaniards' late eating hours. On a practical level, check the documents needed for opening a Spanish bank account, the do's and don'ts in the workplace and how to address locals without giving offence. Written from an outsider's perspective, CultureShock! Spain is all you'll need for life in Spanish society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Spain
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. A Good First Impression
    2. Making an Effort
    3. Tourism
  10. Chapter 2 The Land and Its History
    1. Diverse Climates
    2. A Chequered History
    3. The Middle Ages
    4. The Colonial Period
    5. The Golden Age
    6. Spain’s Decline
    7. The 20th Century
    8. Spain Today
    9. The History of Religion
  11. Chapter 3 The Spanish
    1. An Ethnic Mixture
    2. Catholic Influences
  12. Chapter 4 Socialising
    1. The Love of Socialising
    2. Social Customs and Etiquette
    3. Courtship and Weddings
    4. Sex and Morality
    5. Spanish Neighbours
    6. Respecting Spanish Privacy
    7. Domestic Help
    8. Joining Clubs
    9. Making Friends
    10. Alternative Lifestyles
    11. Church and State
    12. Churches and Cathedrals
    13. Funerals
  13. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Bureaucracy and Red Tape
    2. Residence Requirements
    3. Work Permits
    4. Foreign Exchange Regulations
    5. Sale and Purchase of Properties
    6. Electricity
    7. Water Supply
    8. Basuras
    9. Taxes
    10. Education
    11. Shopping
    12. Health Services
    13. Drugs
    14. Voluntary Help Groups
    15. Insurance
    16. Transportation
    17. Law and Order
    18. Military Service
    19. Fire Brigade
    20. Telecommunications
  14. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Convenience Food
    2. Gastronomic Delights
    3. Everyday Fare
    4. Regional Specialities
    5. Seafood
    6. Meats and Hams
    7. Cheeses
    8. Sweets
    9. Eating Out
    10. Drinking
    11. Table Manners
    12. Common Courtesy
  15. Chapter 7 Culture and Travel
    1. Fiestas
    2. Entertainment
    3. Travelling Around the Country
    4. Leisure Occupations (Hobbies)
    5. Forest Fires
  16. Chapter 8 Communicating
    1. Peculiarities
    2. Learning Difficulties
    3. Spanish Names
    4. Non-Verbal Communication
    5. Polite Speech
    6. Conversation
    7. Mañana
  17. Chapter 9 Doing Business
    1. Work Permits
    2. Working in an Office
    3. Business Dealings with Spaniards
    4. Working Hours
    5. Time Off for Fiestas
    6. Volunteer Work
  18. Chapter 10 Fast Facts about Spain
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index