When coming to Spain from the North of Europe, one of the biggest cultural differences is the way lunch is done. Where in the Netherlands (and many neighboring countries) lunch is usually a quick sandwich which takes half an hour max, in Spain it is a warm meal, usually with different plates and often takes at least 45min to an hour. (And on Sunday you can easily make that 1,5-2hours!)
Since we both have different native languages and we wanted to incorporate English in our household (sorry Spain, but we´re just not very impressed with the quality of English here so we figured it would be better to just speak English at home instead of those classes), we already decided before the bichin was born that we wanted to be a trilingual household.
Since I went on exchange during university my life has been one big chain of living abroad. In between, I have been periods back in the Netherlands but mostly that was just for a couple of months, half a year max, before taking off again. The journey started in Spain, and then via India, Ireland, Denmark and Germany here I am, back living in Spain. Let´s just say that when the bug bites, it really bites!
What always surprises me about Spanish mothers (and especially also grandmothers!) is the amount of screaming that happens during a day. I always associated screaming with panic or stress situations but here it seems to be a normal way of communicating with your offspring.
Being (bilingual) parents with a different nationality inevitably raises the question of which language to raise your kid in and which language to speak at home. When we started dating C and I spoke mainly English (because my Spanish was barely good enough to ask where the closest panadería, or bakery, was. To illustrate, when I came to Spain I wrote an email to the local field hockey club in my best Spanish to see if could join, and C, as responsible for the club, replied in Spanish but below that “in case you don´t understand I will repeat in English”, so I guess the Spanish was just politeness to thank me for the effort).