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…



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.



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?

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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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