Many people assume that culture shock describes the element of surprise and wonder experienced when relocating to a foreign country. However, culture shock is much more complicated, consisting of various stages each with their own characteristics and symptoms. A general culture shock definition is the feelings experienced when leaving the familiar to live in a foreign country. Common feelings experienced are alienation, frustration and anger although this can be overcome with feelings of ease and comfort. Even the most discerning traveller and open-minded person can be susceptible to culture shock and there is little th...
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There are numerous street markets all over Spain – even the smallest village has at least one. Our village – Algorfa on the Costa Blanca – has a small market of about 15 stalls, of which three are fruit and vegetable stalls. That gives you a clue to how seriously the Spanish people take their fruit and vegetable shopping.
Spanish festivals symbolise the very essence of España - they are vibrant, colourful, more often than not noisy and always a lot of fun. Dozens of festivals are held in Spain every year, and everything from the religious to the bizarre to music festivals can be enjoyed. If you are currently in the process of planning a holiday to the country, why not see if you can arrange your travel to coincide with a Spanish festival. You won’t regret it, that’s for sure!
1. Fallas Fiesta, Valencia
Fallas Fiesta is often called “the hottest festival of them all” and you’ll see why if you ever get to experience it. Held annually, during the month of March, t...
The City of Murcia is Spain’s 7th largest city. It is off the beaten track as a tourist destination but contains many architectural delights and splendors.
This article discusses the idea of getting married in Murcia, Spain – especially from the viewpoint of foreign nationals.