by Eleanor Brow, Greenheart Travel Exchange Student in Spain
Food food food. Oh boy food! I have to admit food has had a big impact on my experiences here in Spain. First of all, meal time here in Spain is so different. Breakfast is at the normal time of 7-8 am or whenever you wake up, but lunch and dinner are very different. Lunch is after school around 2:30 in the afternoon and dinner is around 9:30- 10 at night. This was absolutely crazy to me at first. My whole life I have been eating lunch around 12:30 and dinner around 6 pm, so when I first arrived in Spain my internal food clock went all out of whack.
My first two weeks here I was absolutely ravenous by lunchtime at 2:30 and so I ended up over eating so much. I ate way too much food and sometimes felt sick after lunch or dinner. But now I have 100% adjusted to meal times. I now get hungry round 2 and again around 9. I am not looking forward to having to switch back to the time meals are in the USA when I go home.
Another thing I find very interesting is the actual food here in Spain. Here, I eat a lot of lentils, garbanzo beans, eggs, rice, pasta, and fruit. I have enjoyed everything I have eaten here so far. Paella is a classic Spanish dish that I have eaten a lot of. It is made out of rice and either meat or seafood. Its so delicious. I have totally fallen in love with paella and get so excited when it is being made for lunch or dinner. Another classic dish from Spain is tortilla de patatas which is eggs and potatoes. Also, another interesting thing is that bread and fruit is eaten with every meal. I can’t wait to go home and make all these delicious Spanish meals for my family.