Obviously I am kind of terrible at updating this tumblr. Some people would call it laziness but I prefer to think of it as “thinking a really, really long time about what I am going to write”. I have for you today the Hot List of Sevilla. Prepare yourself for what is Hot in Spain.
Rollerblading: Someone needs to tell Spaniards that it is no longer the 90s, because they didn’t seem to get the memo. Rollerblading is something that I vaguely remember from when I was in elementary school; something that was cool when Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s All That came out. Maybe I forgot about it faster than everyone else (probably because I lack the coordination to be very good at it) but once I entered middle school it seemed to stop being very popular. This is not the case in Spain. Little kids, teenagers and young adults (up to people around my age) are constantly on rollerblades, getting everywhere faster than I am. This weekend I saw six or seven 13 year old girls on rollerblades in a Plaza by my apartment. They were lined up behind their friend on a bike and were preparing to be pulled, all in a line, by the bike. I walked past, assuming that I would eventually hear some giggling and screaming as they failed and fell down (like I knew I would if I were in their situation). I underestimated them. They not only managed to stay completely upright, but also made it a great distance before the chain broke up. Maybe it is my lack of coordination talking, but I very surprised that they were so successful. Kids these days. So crazy. I don’t think I will ever understand this trend, but props to the Spaniards who use it to get around.
Fanny Packs: Spaniards must be time travelers, because they brought this trend straight from the 80s. Even Wikipedia knows that that they are now “a fashion faux pas”. Interestingly enough, the Spanish language Wikipedia page for Fanny Packs (called a riñonera) mentions the return of the ugly accessory, calling it a “form of ironic retro fashion”. The offenders are usually young men and, of course, the many tourists in Sevilla (someone should alert the UN that the concept of tourists wearing fanny packs seems to cross cultures like wildfire). Rollerblading can be excused because it can be considered exercise. But really…fanny packs? No thanks.
Smoking : The first time I went to Spain in 2003 smoking was everywhere; many restaurants didn’t even have smoking sections. When I returned in 2007 things seemed to be improving and there were more laws in place that prevented smoking inside. So when I returned to this fall, I expected Spain to be more like the United States where people still smoke but you don’t see it everywhere. I was absolutely wrong. Smoking is now banned in all public buildings but that has not stopped Spaniards from smoking everywhere outside. I live close to a large commercial street that has many businesses and offices. Whenever I walk by there are always large groups of people in front of building entrances smoking like their lives depend on it. I can’t believe that so many people still smoke even though it’s absolutely terrible for your health. Even people my age smoke. Not cool, Spain….not cool.
That sums up the Hot List for Spain. Other contenders that didn’t quite make it were bicycling, café con leche, live peacocks and the mid-morning second breakfast. I probably should have included at least one of those three because they are all things that I love and would like to transport back to the USA but maybe I’ll leave them for another day. Maybe I’ll call it Hot List – The Things I Actually Like. Also, The Not Hot in Spain coming soon.