Because waiting for someone to arrive can honestly be very boring. Or even uncomfortable. Especially at night. Girl standing on street corner, alone, dressed up
As you might have guessed, these moments are not the ones where the waiting is necessarily spent alone. They are among the times I wish I would just manage to arrive late, so I wouldn’t have random guys eyeing me up, pulling out (probably sleazy) comments in Spanish that I have no clue what means. And in case you wondered, it’s probably not prince charming you will meet in these moments.
If you are Norwegian, you might think I exaggerate when I say night. Normally, up there you meet your friends early to go out, not like here. Because when I say “at night” I really mean at night. Back in Norway, at salsa night it wasn’t unusual that we met around 9pm to dance. Perfect! After a few hours you’d be sweaty and tired enough to call it a day (night) and go home, get your 8 hours before getting up for work the next day. Sounds sensible to me!
Here, people don’t really go out until after midnight. And you don't necessarily meet your friends before. Best (it seems) is to go out around 1am. 1 am??? I would love to have done all the dancing and be back in my bed by then! I am having some adjustment problems... If I am to meet someone around midnight, chance is I'd rather like to snuggle up at home, or go to bed than "wait up to go out"...
Everything is just happening a lot later here. Meals. Going out. Work-hours. Dentist appointments (you can get them until 8:30pm! I think what’s normal in Norway is until 4pm.) And the list goes on….
I guess this too is a question of practice...?
P.S. And in the end, a little tip for fellow Salsa lovers: If you plan to come to Barcelona to go out dancing, don't be fooled when the salsa places are supposed to open at 11pm. Normally they don't, and if they do, there won't be a soul until well past midnight! I wish I'd known this in my first weeks here, when I went out to hit the floors alone.......