A while back I wrote about what a shock it was for me to come to Málaga and be yelled after wherever I went. Guapa! Guapa! Guapaaaaa! At first I didn’t even know what it meant so I had to ask my teacher haha. So I learned it means pretty/beautiful, and it was completely normal for men to say that to most females. It felt like it was just the kind of thing they were supposed to do, no matter their age. (I’ve had it said from 18-year olds and 70-year olds, call me weird but I am thinking it would be easier to “accept” if coming from someone closer to my age?) I found it rather uncomfortable to be honest. But when I got more facts on the table I realized it’s quite harmless, and it didn’t mean they wanted anything more than just saying Guapa. They left it at that.
Here in Barcelona it’s quite different, it still happens from time to time, but here it’s not common, it’s not what every guy does and it certainly doesn’t happen x times PER DAY. I am still very much Norwegian and more comfortable like this. There are big differences in many things from Málaga to Barcelona and this is one of them.
But I have been observing this phenomenon bere in Bcn too and this is what I’ve found out:
- Among friends, (although there’s not necessarily any big prettiness involved) it's completely normal to say “Hola guapa” when they meet. Or “Que tal, guapa?” It just hangs on automatically to hello and how are you.And it doesn't mean the friend fancies the other friend... It's just friendly.
- On the radio! When people call in, the host often says “Adios guapa!” when they hang up. Now this is a weird one. How can a radio presenter use the word guapa to someone he has never seen?
Conclusions: The word Guapa is a word for affection and endearment just as much as prettiness. It can be used as either. It creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I am starting to get used to it, it's having a nicer and nicer ring to it and is no longer a word that gives me the creeps!