Spanish men typically are still living at home until well into their 30s so his mum is likely to be the queen of his world (who irons his pants and gives him a Tupperware to take to the office).I avoided this by always trying to choose men whose family lived in another city, or preferably another country. 2 - Take a dictionary Photo of a man with a dictionary: Shutterstock At intercambios (language exchanges) you won´t just be swapping your mother tongues.4 - Avoid Peter Pan Image of Peter Pan: Shutterstock Deciding to date from the expat pool can be risky indeed.
My belief is, if he doesn´t think you are worth at least a meal, bin him.
When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
If you arrive on time, you´ll be sipping your two euro glass of rueda totally alone for at least 20 minutes to half an hour.
8 - Beware the Rodriguez phenomenon Photo of a man hiding his wedding ring: Shutterstock When a married Spanish man gets left alone in the big city in the summer while his long suffering wife takes the kids to the beach house, watch out! 9 - Tear up the rules of seduction Photo of a man whispering in a woman´s ear: Shutterstock Being used to a rather less seductive approach of picking up women from my British exes, I was happily surprised at the way in which Spanish men played the game.Plus you can weed out weirdos before you actually meet.