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.
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.