2 Stories about being a Rubio in Spain


I want to share with you 2 funny stories.

Or maybe they are more awkward...

Fisch in Spain

 

Being a Rubio in Spain

Being blonde and blue eyed it is obvious that I am not Spanish.

I mean there is never a time I don't blend into the furniture....

Fisch & Sabby

 

Sabby on the other hand has a massive advantage...

Her Romanian & Turkish blood makes her look at home in nearly all countries but Asia & Africa.


 

Playing my guitar in parks

 

So we have a cool little dog but she loves to go running and that means lots of time in the park.

Me & Bindie

And being that I need to practice it seems like a fitting place...


 

#1

Only last week I was at our local park when a man approached me from one of the bars. He walked over to where I was playing and stared. I waited but no 'hola,' so I said 'hola.' No reply...

He took 2 drags on his cigarette and left, without saying anything.

It felt strange to be looked at like a fish in a bowl.


 

#2

A different day (but same park) I was playing for maybe 30mins . When I was about to leave a lady who had been sitting in the park for a while came to speak with me.

Playing Guitar in the Park
(Though our conversation was in Spanish)

"Do you play the guitar...?"

"Yes...?" I replied

"But you are not Spanish... you are international..."

"Yes, I am from Australia"

Now looking even more puzzled "But you are not from here."

"No I'm not..."

"But you play very good..."

"Thank you"

"But I do not understand how you can not be from here..." She asks again, I guess the thought that other people learn the guitar in other countries never crossed her mind

"Ok, well thanks. I'm going home now."

And I left her bewildered in the park.


 

In the end it's all normal

Having lived here for a while I am not stranger to uncomfortable silences & strange stares. In fact I expect it 🙂

But one day maybe the people of Andalucia will come to expect non Spanish people to live here just for the joy of flamenco...


 

Do you have a strange story about being an expat in Spain?

Share with us below.

 

 


About Fisch

Fisch is a Flamenco Guitarist from Australia. Currently he studies flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain. He spends most of his time expanding his knowledge of this wonderful music.

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