Essay on The Country of Spain

984 Words May 2nd, 2013 4 Pages

The fascinating and beautiful country of Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe. The history that Spain has had has left great stories to tell and remarkable landmarks to visit. Spain is located in the south west corner of Europe, with its neighboring countries, Portugal and France. It has a population of forty million plus people, but almost one-third of the nation’s population is foreigners that reside in its territory. One of the most important facts about Spain is that its economy is one of the largest in the world. Spain is currently in a recession, with low employment rates and poverty. Sports and games are a very important and popular pastime of Spain. The Spaniards have traditional and regional games,
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It will usually consist of a glass of orange juice or coffee, accompanied by a pastry, for example a croissant or the very delicious churro. Most Spaniards have their breakfast out at a café or bar, it is unusual for them to have it in there own home. At around 11am a Spaniard has a “merienda”, which is Spanish for a snack. Almost usually it is a “bacadillo”, which is Spanish for sandwich. This sandwich can be filled with anything from tuna fish, to cured ham, cheese or meat. This merienda means that lunch is a couple hours away, even though midday is near. In Spain, lunch is a big deal. At times it can last well over an hour. Depending on what region of Spain, and the time of year, lunch comes with a “siesta”, which is Spanish for nap. Because of the daily siesta, many shops and establishments close for a couple of hours. Lunch is a great time to go out to eat at restaurants. All Spanish restaurants are required by law to have a “menu del dia”, a 3 course menu that has a fixed price, it is economical compared to the actual menu. The “menu del dia” usually consists of two or three starters and mains courses to choose from. There are options for dessert; usually it is something simple like yogurt or fruit. The working day ends late, usually at around 8pm. Many Spaniards stop at a bar to socialize with friends before heading home. When at the bar, “tapas”, a free snack is given to patrons

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