You know you’ve lived in Spain when…

For everyone who has spent more than a holiday in Spain and for whom some of the following are true….
1. You think adding lemonade, fanta or even coke to red wine is perfectly acceptable. Especially at lunch time.
1. You can’t get over how early bars & clubs shut back home — surely they’re shutting just as you should be going out?
1. You aren’t just surprised that the plumber/decorator has turned up on time, you’re surprised he turned up at all.
1. You’ve been part of a _botellon_.
1. You think it’s fine to comment on everyone’s appearance.
1. Not giving every new acquaintance _dos besos_ seems so rude.
1. You’re shocked by people getting their legs out at the first hint of sun — surely they should wait until at least late June?
1. On MSN you sometimes type ‘jajaja’ instead of ‘hahaha’.
1. You think the precious _aceite_ is a vital part of every meal. And don’t
understand how anyone could think olive oil on toast is weird.
1. You’re amazed when TV ad breaks last less than half an hour, especially right before the end of films.
1. You forget to say please when asking for things — you implied it in your tone of voice, right?
1. You love the phenomenon of giving ‘toques’ – but hate explaining it in English
1. You don’t see sunflower seeds as a healthy snack — they’re just what all the cool kids eat.
1. You know what a _pijo_ is and how to spot one.
1. Every sentence you speak contains at least one of these words: _bueno_, _coño_, _vale_, _venga_, _pues nada_…
1. You know what _resaca_ means. And you had one at least once a week when you lived in Spain.
1. You know how to eat _boquerones_.
1. A bull’s head on the wall of a bar isn’t a talking point for you, it’s just a part of the decor.
1. You eat lunch after 2pm & would never even think of having your evening meal before 9.
1. You know that after 2pm there’s no point in going shopping, you might
as well just have a siesta until 5 when the shops re-open.
1. If anyone insults your mother, they better watch out…
1. You know how to change a _bombona_. And if you don’t, you were either lazy or lucky enough to live somewhere nice.
1. You’re either a _Los Serrano_ person or an _Aqui no hay quien viva_ person.
1. You don’t accept beer that’s anything less than ice-cold
1. The fact that all the male (or female) members of a family have the same first name doesn’t surprise you.
1. The sound of mopeds in the background is the soundtrack to your life.
1. You know that the mullet didn’t just happen in the 80s. It is alive and well in Spain.
1. You know the difference between _cojones_ and _cajones_, _tener calor_ and
_estar caliente_, _bacalao_ and _bakalao_…and maybe you learned the
differences the hard way!
1. On a Sunday morning, you have breakfast before going to bed, not after you get up.
1. You don’t see anything wrong with having a couple of beers in the morning if you feel like it.
1. Floors in bars are an ideal dumping ground for your _colillas_, _servilletas_ etc. Why use a bin?!
1. You see clapping as an art form, not just a way to express approval.
1. You know _ensaladilla rusa_ has nothing to do with Russia.
1. When you burst out laughing every time you see a Mitsubishi Pajero
1. You have friends named Jesus, Jose Maria, Maria Jose, Angel, maybe even Inmaculada Concepcion…
1. When you can whistle at or applaud a _tia buena_ and you get a wink instead of the middle finger.