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Marta López is a Spanish travel writer based in London. With a degree in Communication Sciences from Santiago de Compostela (Spain) she loves cooking new recipes as well as travelling, photography, cinema (especially French films) and literature. When she isn’t writing her first novel on her laptop she can be found around London searching for the best Spanish restaurants.


  1. Bryony Ashcroft
    February 27, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    Great article! When we went to Alicante for a weekend, the waiter who served us was so pleased I spoke some Spanish and that my boyfriend was actually Spanish he gave us free drinks – we must have gone to a real tourist trap!


    • Elle Draper
      February 27, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      Makes a real difference doesn’t it? x


  2. jilly
    February 27, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    I can’t agree that Spaniards are rude. After many years on Lanzarote, I find many Brits lacking in manners


    • Elle Draper
      February 27, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

      I agree. I think that some Brits perceive the Spanish as being rude because they are simply more abrupt and straight-talking… whereas Brits will faff about. Politeness doesn’t always equate to honesty.
      The worst behaviour I see abroad though – comes from Brits!!!


  3. Dave Sottimano
    February 27, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

    Funnily enough, people in Barcelona speak to me in English all the time, even when I don’t want them to. I guess they hear my accent and are trying to be polite, but how am I supposed to practice!


    • Elle Draper
      February 28, 2014 @ 9:46 am

      Yeah, we normally get that when in a tourist area. I ask if it’s okay to speak in Spanish (well in Barcelona it should also be Catalan) instead. Off on holiday later today… my first time in a tourist part of Spain for 18 months. Wonder how long it will take before my Spanish gets laughed at ;)


    • Stine
      April 7, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      Hi Dave! In my experience, many Spaniards want to practice their English (even though it is also true that many Spaniards WON’T speak a word of English, as the article says!). Therefore, I have often ended up speaking in Spanish while they speak in English – it may seems funny at first, but it’s an excellent compromise :-)


  4. bavariansojourn
    February 28, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    Great list… I always always try to learn a few words of any language when I am travelling, even if it’s just the basics, the locals really do appreciate it! Love Spanish food, need to come for another visit soon, it’s been far too long! :D


  5. Sonja Hartemink
    March 10, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    Shame it will not let me share on Facebook with nice picture. For the rest; like the page!


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