Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guapa!

Guapo/a is a word I learned quickly in Spanish... Guapo/a means beautiful/pretty/handsome/precious, and ends with an “o” if it’s intended for a male and “a” if it’s intended a female. But what’s so weird to me, is that is seems like it’s somehow mandatory for guys to shout it out to every female passing by.
This is a very clear cultural difference.

In Norway, there’s few compliments to fetch from the average Norwegian. At least if there’s not quite a lot of beer consumed beforehand. Most Norwegians would probably blush if they knew how much the men compliment the women here!

I must say that I notice that there's a lot less guapa-yelling going on here in Barcelona, compared to Málaga. There I experienced lots of men calling “Guapa!” after me in the streets, and it might as well be a man of age 70 as one aged 18. And it was almost every man you passed by. (Yes, seriously!) I never take it as a compliment though. (I almost wish I would enjoy it, being used to the Norwegians and everything!)
It feels more like it's something mandatory for guys to yell out to women?! And although I could pretend they were heartfelt compliments, to be honest it's more annoying and importunate than flattering. Maybe it’s because I am not used to it, but I just don’t know how to react to random guys yelling “Gaupaaaa” after me and winking!

Anyone with experiences and a little advice would be very welcome to share! 

And I am also curious to hear how this is in other cuntries, would anyone be so sweet to share?

8 comments:

  1. Hva gjør de spanske jentene? Ingenting? Det beste er vel å imitere dem.

    Kinkig!

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  2. That would be quite flattering ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog! Megan has become a dear friend and I have loved learning about Norway from/with her. I'm looking forward to learning more about your new life in Spain! How exciting! I've tried to follow you but I'm not sure it worked?!

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  3. Siri, jeg har ikke hatt gleden av å observere guapa-roping etter andre enn meg selv foreløpig. (Selv om det hørtes mye mer kvalmende ut enn det var ment.) Tror jeg må sette meg på en benk i en folksom gate en dag og se om jeg kan snappe opp litt insider-tips. God idé!

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  4. Vanisha- Thank you! It seems something went wrong in the follow-process?! You're not on the list :(

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  5. Du er tydeligvis veldig Guapa du, da! Ta det som et kompliment?
    Ser frem til rapport om hvordan investigereingen etter lokal Guapa-håndtering foregår! :p

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  6. Bodde selv i Panama et år, og da fikk jeg en del roping etter meg ja.. "Guapa" og "Linda" tok jeg vel bare som et kompliment og smilte, men sånn "Sexy lady" og "i love you" og sånt synes jeg var vanskeligere, ofte fordi disse mennene ville stirre intenst på meg, og så rope akkuratt idet jeg passerte. noe jeg synes var veldig plagsomt.. Vi var flere i byen der jeg bodde som var extranjeras, og vi hadde stort sett samme opplevelser alle sammen. En gutt jeg ble kjent med der nede sa at de gjorde det bare for å vise at de synes noen er pene (jeg mistenker pene=blonde.. ihvertfall avogtil), og ble litt overrasket over at jeg synes det kunne være ubehagelig... (Innser at jeg ikke akkuratt har noe fornuftig "løsning" jeg heller)
    SV: Drømmehjerte falt i smak hos meg også! Mye bedre enn Señor Peregrino :)

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  7. I'm not sure how I'd deal with that. I used to get cat calls when I was younger and it always had to do with my large chest. So now any time a guy takes notice I figure that's why and think of it as a negative.

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  8. Såpeboble: gøy å høre om dine erfaringer på området, fra Panama! De går ikke så langt her- "I love you" er litt heftig ;)
    De er kanskje ikke noe mer enn at de liksom MÅ få sagt det, som en slags tvangstanke? haha

    Krysten, I am sorry you feel that. Could you take it as a compliment or is the kind of guy doing this no one to take compliment from? (Like I have a feeling is the case here,I think the sweet guy you'd want to get to know is not someone who'd yell after you in the street..or maybe that is the cultural difference again, what do I know?!!)

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