I have been home for almost a week. And in that week, I have been indulging in many of the American things I have missed the last four months living in Europe. 

One of them, Starbucks Peppermint Mochas.
Is there anything that says Christmas as much as a peppermint-flavored, over-priced coffee in a holiday-red cup?
While at Starbucks, I placed my order, and gave them my name, per usual. 

It was what happened next that shocked me.

As I went to use the one-person bathroom inside while waiting for my coffee to be made, I shut the door behind me, and waved my hands in the air to turn on the light. After a few seconds of this, I realized something.

I am in the United States now. The lights don't react to a censor, like in Europe. There is an actual light switch! And there I was, waving my arms around like an idiot, wondering what was wrong with this bathroom.

You have seen the Reasons Why I am 25 percent Spanish. Almost exactly 3 months from that blog post, being back in the States has shown me just how Spanish I am becoming.

How Spain is Changing Me:
-I'm never hungry here until actual lunch time. That is, 2:30pm.

-I told my little brothers they needed to put on socks while walking around on the tile floor.

-I can't help but sit and enjoy my coffee instead of walking around with it.

-I no longer pull out my cell phone during family dinners.

-I speak in Spaniard-English to everyone.
Examples: "It's the same." "Tell me." "And you?" and "As you want."

-I ate a piece of fruit last week with a knife and fork.

-Spicy stuff is seriously spicy for me. I even found myself thinking "¡pica!" when I bit into dinner last night. 

-I knew right away that the man on the phone in the store yesterday was from Argentina because of his Spanish accent.

-I want to sit and eat in a restaurant for hours and hours, not get up when we are finished.

-Staying true to my blog title, I still want to take a siesta everyday.

What do you think....am I 40 percent Spanish by now?

12/21/2011 12:10pm

I will never stop wanting to sit and eat in a restaurant for hours and hours... :)

12/22/2011 6:49am

I know! And being a former server, it was hard in the beginning not to feel bad. :/

12/21/2011 4:20pm

Totally true! I've only been here a day and the siesta thing is right and not carrying a coffee around. Let's see what I write in a week!

12/22/2011 6:51am

I'm looking forward to it! I hope you're enjoying the Florida sunshine as much as I am Laura! :)

12/23/2011 4:48am

¡Feliz Navidad! Jennifer, que pases unos buenos días con tu familia en Florida.
Nos juntaremos con Julia en Nochevieja en Casasola en casa de mis padres.
Creo que puedes considerarte española en un 30%, pero seguro que al final del curso ya superarás el 50%.

12/23/2011 8:02am

Gracias Blanca! Espero que tu navidad es maravillosa con tu familia tambien. Que bien planes para nochevieja!

Gracias para los palabras geniales. Besos para ti y tu familia! Hasta en el ano nuevo!

12/23/2011 11:54am

You can put the aligators in your blog. ;)Fer can see it.

12/27/2011 9:57am

I also still sit and drink my coffee!! It's one of my favorite times of the day!

Also, it's mad difficult for me to sit in American restaurants for hours... I feel rushed by the people who work there and the friends I'm with. :(

12/27/2011 12:02pm

You're so right. I always feel so rushed! And to think just this past summer I was the rushee.

01/28/2012 9:30pm

THX for info

03/28/2012 2:13am

nice post


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