Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When are Spanish children put to bed?

Something that I’ve noticed here every time I’m out at night, is that I see kids out until after midnight.  It seems it’s the most normal thing that kids play football or chasey around the city streets while the parents enjoy their late dinner at the restaurants around. (Ah, reminds me I need to make a post about Spanish meal customs! But back to the kids for now…) 

Also outside my building there’s a little playground, and at night it’s always full of whole families spending hours there, from the tiniest child to the oldest grandma in a wheelchair. And generally till after midnight. (I’m recognizing them now, cause they’re there every single day! I guess it’s their perfect social spot for all the generations.) They bring food and drinks and have big picnics at the playground.

In Norway, kids are put to bed really early! Not just cause it’s good for them (…in our opinion anyway haha!) but also cause it’s nice for the parents to have some grown-up-time too. I’m almost sure it would be looked down on, if you saw someone in Norway out with their kids this late. 

Although I don’t understand it, it’s fascinating to see other ways of living, and other ways of doing things!

Photo taken at 00:35h.


  1. That is so cool!! I would have loved a lifestyle like that when I was little. I'm not a parent though, I can imagine it would be very draining to amuse the little ones until all hours of the night!!!

  2. Haha, yes! I was surprised at first but it seems it's the most normal thing in the world! I would have loved to be allowed up late when I was little, but I think if I was a parent I would love those quiet hours at night as well ;)