So it’s Saturday again and I thought of another reason why I like Barcelona more than Málaga. Seeing as these are the only two cities in Spain I know, I think it’s interesting to see quite big differences in the culture and the people. It goes both ways, there are things I like more about Barcelona and there are things I like more about Málaga, but for now I am focusing on Barcelona.
I have the impression that the culture here up north is more similar to my own. Obviously it’s far from equal to the Norwegian culture, but some specific things are more similar. The people, the Catalans, are more introvert and quiet, colder maybe, than the people down south that has a reputation for being more feisty and temperamental.
You might ask “why is it a good thing that they are cold?” Well, I’ll just tell you why! I am Norwegian and I guess we are a little cold no matter how awful that sounds... It’s cold up there…we’re not used to being out in the streets all day and night, talking to anyone who passes by. I think it makes us more introvert, we keep more to ourselves and have the need for some personal space. And for some reason that I still don’t know, it seems the locals here are like that too, which in turn makes me feel more at home here than down south where frankly I felt a little aggravated at times.