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Is this acceptable Spanish behaviour?

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sportmixture Mon 17-Jul-17 20:07:11

I have rented a house for the summer in the canaries, it is in a small village, there is a small one way road between the house and the sea and we have a pool and there is an almost 5 foot wall between the pool and the road. There are quite a few tourist though not loads as there are no hotels. When we are in our garden ( and when we are not) people walking past keep hanging over our wall pointing at us and our house and acting like we are zoo exhibits!! I understand people will walk past and might glance over but I am talking about practically climbing on the wall, I have tried saying hello but they then act like I am being crazy! Is this normal Spanish behaviour? I spend quite a lot of time in the canaries and I have never encountered this before.

Waffles80 Mon 17-Jul-17 20:09:54

4.6 million people live in Spain....

NashvilleQueen Mon 17-Jul-17 20:11:22

I think there may be more than 4.6 million!!

VestalVirgin Mon 17-Jul-17 20:16:07

It is rude, whether or not it is normal in Spain is irrelevant.

Though I don't think it is considered normal in Spain. Some countries have a reputation for people being more prone to talk to strangers than the English, but apparently they don't want to talk to you. So, very weird.

Groupie123 Mon 17-Jul-17 20:16:28

No it's not normal.

AdalindSchade Mon 17-Jul-17 20:19:50

The canaries aren't even in Spain

sportmixture Mon 17-Jul-17 20:19:56

Thanks vestal and groupie I thought that it was not really the done thing here, and if they approached wanting to chat I would be more than happy to engage as I am trying to improve my Spanish, but so many people (generally middle aged women) were doing it beginning to wonder if I was missing something.

Luttrell Mon 17-Jul-17 20:19:59

People are generally more chatty. You're in a small town on a small island, people are going to talk to you, just as they would on some Scottish island or something. Maybe say hello?

IfNot Mon 17-Jul-17 20:20:18

Are you naked?

Waffles80 Mon 17-Jul-17 20:20:22

46 million 😉

Errant decimal.

Luttrell Mon 17-Jul-17 20:20:44

Excellent geography skills there Adalind.

CoughLaughFart Mon 17-Jul-17 20:20:45

The Canaries ARE part of Spain.

sportmixture Mon 17-Jul-17 20:22:04

No definitely not naked!

sportmixture Mon 17-Jul-17 20:23:43

I have tried saying hello and asking how they are but they do not want to talk to me, we go to the local tapas bar and people there are friendly x

Luttrell Mon 17-Jul-17 20:31:05

Oh. Hm. Bit odd then. Maybe if you ask them if you can help or a plain old what do you want, in Spanish, they'll stop treating you like the token tourists.

AnneGrommit Mon 17-Jul-17 20:34:13

Is your house on fire?

Or, failing that, your arse?

AnneGrommit Mon 17-Jul-17 20:34:58

Or is there a man on your roof? Santa, maybe?

revolution909 Mon 17-Jul-17 20:38:21

OT .... Canarians don't consider themselves Spaniards, in fact they kind of diss them

lalalonglegs Mon 17-Jul-17 20:39:26

Are the passers-by possibly related to the house owner? Could they be pointing out something new that s/he has done to the property? (This is the sort of thing my non-Spanish family members would think nothing of doing smile).

sog74 Mon 17-Jul-17 20:39:47

No, it is not normal.
Not from the canaries myself, but nowhere in Spain we do that.

LinoleumBlownapart Mon 17-Jul-17 20:42:38

I suspect you are the token tourists. It is odd and rude to look and point. I don't know about the Canaries in particular but my experience of other small communities staring at newcomers is not always very subtle! My advice would be to go up to them and say hello and ask them if they are looking for someone or explain that you are just staying in the house for a holiday and introduce yourself, this would be expected where I live.

Gingerandgivingzerofucks Mon 17-Jul-17 20:43:50

Ask them if they'd like a photo, it'll last longer! (Standard retort when being stared at in France/Spain)

Do you have very fair hair? I was shouted at a lot in Spain when I lived there because of my hair colour. I don't think they see many gingas in southern Spain. confused

May09Bump Mon 17-Jul-17 20:43:56

Ask the people at the Tapas bar - obviously do not say "is this a Spanish thing", otherwise god knows what you will be eating for the rest of the holiday!

Maybe ask if the house is of interest - has anybody been bumped off there and your the first ones to rent it? smile

Maybe you have awesome fashion sense and they pop off to google where to buy your outfits / swimwear.

Half of my family are Spanish, we visited the village my MIL came from and the older generation definately had a staring problem. This was a more rural village.

EyeHalveASpellingChequer Mon 17-Jul-17 20:44:27


46 million

choccywoccywoowah Mon 17-Jul-17 20:50:43

I thought that the canaries are not part of Spain (as they are autonomous, not part of the EU) but are Spanish (as in a Spanish archipelago). Confusing or what?!

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