Monday, June 18, 2012

About being tall: the upsides!

A while back I wrote about how standard Spanish beds are so small, and that it leaves me with my feet sticking out. I am a bit tall. Taller than the average Spanish person. I feel like a giant sometimes.

But it has it upsides though. 

For instance on the metro in rush hour, and it’s so full you can’t move an inch, it’s quite nice to be taller than a lot of people. I feel sorry for shorter people, crammed up against a sweaty back or stinking armpits. It’s really hot here now, and the people on the metro don’t always smell like roses… At least my head is above the majority of people, and that makes it less claustrophobic.

At the supermarket, I can always reach the products at the top shelf. This might not sound like something special, but believe me. I have had little old ladies ask me several times if I can please grab them some products from the top, cause they simply can’t reach them.

When going to a concert, it’s a big advantage to be tall! After all, it’s not just about the music. I like to see who’s playing as well. And as I am so passionate about music, I love being able to see where the music is coming from, i.e. each instrument and who’s playing them. I love that I can be at the back and still see well.

Same goes when people are gathering up around a street artist. It’s great to actually see what the fuss is about!
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Although there are probably more downsides to being tall here than upsides, 
I am trying to focus on the good parts for now!

16 comments:

  1. I too am tall, and especially in Spain (180 cm or 5'11"). I dislike it sometimes because it makes finding pants harder, and I have big feet too. Size 41, which is about the biggest I can find in "normal" stores!

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    1. Kaley, you're even taller than me. Not that I am exceptionally tall, but here it feels so. It was things I dislike about it that inspired this post. I was being annoyed with some aspects of being tall and I thought I had to try to find some upsides to it, there had to be some right? And there were :) I hear you on the shoes, any tips on Spanish chain stores with big shoes? I am a 40 in Norway, but here a 41 is normally not big enough...

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  2. Ha ha, morsomt! Jeg får spørsmål i USA om hvorfor jeg er så lav (158 centimeter) når "alle" skandinaver er høye?! Tja, sånn er jeg bare;-)Likevel hender det jeg føler meg som en kjempe i selskap med damer med asiatisk eller søramerikansk bakgrunn...

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    1. :) morsomt! Noen ganger tenker jeg at det må være fordeler med å ikke være så høy, men jeg er nå en gang den jeg er, så da må jeg bare prøve finne positive sider ved det ;)

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  3. As a shorty I can tell you I've always been a bit envious of those long lean limbs the tall girls get to have. And being arm-pit level? Not the greatest. Ha!

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    1. I guess shorter people see advantages of being tall and taller people see advantages of being shorter. Long lean limbs? I just see that I am so much taller than most people and it's not too nice.. I'll try to think long lean limbs instead!

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  4. PS I would love to feature your personal story in one of my "Stories from Real Women Posts." If you are interested simply complete these prompts and email them to me at selfexpressionevents at yahoo dot com.

    I knew my life had changed the moment that...
    This change opened up an opportunity in my life to finally...
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    And attach a photo.

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    1. Wow, Tina. I am very honored! I am not sure my story is quite "up there" among the other wonderful stories you have presented in this series, but I will definitely think about it and see what I can come up with. Thank you so much Tina!

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  5. That's so funny. I am short and you definitely mentioned some of the downsides for us little people ;-) It would be nice to be able to see over people's heads!

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    1. Sometimes I feel almost sorry that I am tall, at said concerts for instance. Several times here, have I had girls giving me a nasty look while they "accidently" push me aside so they can either come forward, or to the side and see better. I understand it's no fun to not see anything, but it's not like I put on superhigh heels to be tall so that I can ruin other people's night!

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  6. Nice post!! san juan night is coming, may be you can do an interesting post about the traditions of that magical night in spain :)



    Fashion room lounge

    A chic kiss ;)

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    1. I am working on it Amanda! How could I not? :) It will be out on Friday.
      Besitos

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  7. i wish i was taller actually ;) but my sister, who is really tall, has a lot of issues like the bed thing, or pants too short...and im like 'okay, im content being short!' :) have a great day!

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    1. Don't we often wish for what we don't have? I often thought it would be nice to be a little bit shorter. And I would like to have curly hair! Haha. Oh well, can't really do much about my height :) Have a great day yourself!

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  8. I am 5' 10'' and I love it! I would love to be 5' 11'' So many girls tell me they wish they could be this tall, so I embrace it and never take it for granted! However, I hate having size 10 feet (US) When it comes to guessing my ethnicity, my height really throws people off. I am Basque, Filipino and Norwegian. I think it's cool that Norwegian people are mostly tall! Is there a reason for that?

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    1. Hi there! Interesting mix! It seems Basque people are generally bigger/taller than people from other parts of Spain, and many Norwegian are definitely taller than most Spaniards. I had never thought of Norwegians as especially tall before arriving Spain, but we are. I feel like a giant here many times! I don't know why it is like that though! I hear you on the shoe size!! It's impossible to find shoes here for me, I have somehow given up and do my shoe shopping when abroad. Spanish women are so petite!

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