How to Get Sick in Spain

First of all, let me say that I absolutely love the Spanish people. Everybody here is so friendly and so open, it’s wonderful. They are just the best.

I am starting to learn, though, that the Spanish have some strange ideas that seem to be ingrained into their collective psyche. For example, they believe that being cold makes you sick. Not in the American “you’ll catch a cold going out like that!” way, but in a serious, “why aren’t you wearing your slippers? You might get sick if your feet get cold!” kind of way.

Every time the temperature drops below 80 degrees here, people start to bundle up, I’m assuming so that they can avoid getting sick. I’m talking winter coats and scarves here — they take being warm seriously.

Today, I met a friend of mine — Ruben from the pub — on the street. It was about 75 degrees and raining a bit, and I was wearing jeans, a thick sweater and a scarf. He pulled at the sleeve of my sweater, concerned, and said, “That’s all you’re wearing? Where’s your coat? You never wear enough clothing, you’re going to get sick if you keep up like this!”

“Uh, I don’t think I’m going to get sick,” I told him.ย 

He just shook his head. “You don’t care about getting sick? Crazy girl.”

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t think that’s how the immune system works.ย 

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2 thoughts on “How to Get Sick in Spain

  1. Poppy says:

    When we were host parents for our “Mexican daughters” many years ago they to believed this. They would not drink cold milk. You would get sick. But, they would not turn down ice cream. It’s a strange world out there Helen!

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  2. I can fully understand as the Turks seem to have an inordinate fear of drafts……you are sure to catch your death if you ever sit between two open windows or anywhere else a current of air may be found. Then again if you were ever to walk barefooted on tiles or stone flooring you would surely become sterile….so be sure to wear your slippers ๐Ÿ™‚ One very hot summer while my grandson was visiting I put ice in his baby bottle…….I thought I would be lynched for child abuse. Enjoy your experiences. And just as a bit of a side note…the people are in many ways warmer than in the US so you can feel comfortable about letting at least a few of them know about your disorder…..they will not feel sorry for you but will be supportive…..and with being in a foreign country on your own you can use all the support you can get.

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