However, after spending the holidays in Italy with my family and yearning to go home, I headed back to Spain determined to make the best of my remaining five months there.
I’m a compulsive planner, coming from a city where you have to schedule a coffee date with someone at least two days in advance. As you can imagine, it led to quite a few arguments, especially when it came to planning trips. I eventually adapted to the Spanish lifestyle and became less compulsive in planning, and he understood that for bigger trips, we had to make reservations and plan in advance. Whatever strikes us in the moment, whether it’s taking a walk or heading to a café, we decide then and there.
Spanish men have a reputation for being incredibly romantic.
I was lucky to have a solid base of Spanish when I came to Spain, but I’ve got friends who started their relationships with zero Spanish and their boyfriends had zero English, and they’ve made it work.
However, things can get complicated when it comes to those inevitable arguments.
But overall, being with my Spaniard has helped me to truly adapt to About Nina Lee Nina Lee is a New York native currently exploring Madrid from the inside.