I am confident in saying that I am about 25 percent española.
My name, my appearance, and my place of birth scream Americana. But that doesn't mean I can't be a little bit Spanish!
I take siestas.
I don't have to carefully examine the euro coins when paying for that café con leche anymore.
I walk in the shade, even if it's out of my way.
I am sometimes late to appointments or obligations and it doesn't matter.
I can name and locate the 17 autonomous regions of Spain and 9 provinces in Castilla y Léon on a map.
I blame things on the crisis.
I pay more money to sit on the terrace.
If I have a sore throat, I wrap a scarf around my neck and it heals it.
I have the Spain Spanish accent when I speak. Gracias: gra-thee-as
I can cook a mean tortilla de patatas.
I can't say 'hasta luego' in 3 syllables.
I enjoy butter on my bread.
I have spent more than 3 hours in the past week lost on the city bus system.
I will always have an American work ethic and schedule. Lo siento, mis amigos.
There is always something I need on a Sunday.
Other than the most popular ones, I know none of the names of the Spanish soccer players, nor which team they belong to.
I know the words to the American songs that come on in the bar, and never hesitate to sing a long.
I stick out my hand for a handshake on impulse when I say hello. And yell "Oh my God!" when I'm excited.
I still take photos with statues and buildings around the city.
But by lifestyle? I am well on my way!