Anyone notice that Spanish sense of time keeping is loose to say the least? Planning a social meet a few days out we are finding is a waste of time as often they tend to feel different on the day itself.
Naturally we have to adapt as we are the immigrants but just wondered if others noticed this?
Booking something that involves handing over money is of course not the issue.. you can guarantee promptness 😂

I always like the Courtesy time, the time that the people who arrive on time have too wait for the people who turn up late.

But it's useful that you're not late for a restaurant reservation until you're more than 20 minutes late.

I never understand why Spanish TV advertises that the film starts at 22:40 when everyone knows it won't start till around 23:00. Why the subterfuge? Even the news Bulletins don't start on time on the telly (though they do on the radio)

I wrote this on my blog in October 2019

We went to a couple of things yesterday. One was reassuringly Spanish but the other followed a disturbing new trend.

There was a fundraising event in Novelda. Some local bands, names unknown to us, were playing a mini festival to raise money for victims of the flooding of a few weeks ago. We turned up a bit after, not much after, the advertised start time of 1pm and, as we expected, absolutely nothing was going on. Lots of people with pony tails, black t-shirts and big bellies were faffing around with bits of wire onstage but no bands. Obviously 1pm comes as a surprise every time. Normal, predictable, foreseeable behaviour. The bands kicked off with the normal, predictable and foreseeable twenty minutes to half an hour delay.

The bar was another surprise for the organising team. The surprise was that people arriving might want to buy a drink from the bar. The system was predictable enough. You couldn't pay with cash at the bar you had to buy tickets first - this is a common, but not universal, system for events with temporary staff. Someone known and trusted handles the money so that the the volunteers and the temps are not subjected to temptation. Usually, but not always, it's reasonably obvious that you need to buy tickets. This time there was nothing. The price list on the bar had € signs to help maintain the illusion that cash was acceptable right to the end. The woman in front of me in the queue was clutching her purse; you need tickets said the server and then we all knew. The woman and I walked the couple of hundred metres back to the entrance to buy tickets to swap for beer. Predictably there were no tickets. The organising team, taken unawares, by the sudden arrival of 1pm at 1pm, hadn't thought to arm the ticket selling staff with tickets. The tickets arrived in due course and then we were able to buy them to pay for beer. Now this is all pretty usual. Things starting late. Things suddenly happening. As Spanish as tortilla de patatas. It's sort of re-assuring because it's expected.

Later in the day we went to the theatre. We went to the splendid Concha Segura Theatre in Yecla. Always worth the visit just for the building. We'd booked late, the theatre was busy but not full. We'd reserved a couple of places in a box and nobody else joined us so we had a great view and a comfy spot. Curtain up time was advertised as 8pm. We've done a lot of theatre in our time here and I would estimate that twenty minutes delay is the norm. But not last night. No, the turn off your mobile phone the performance is about to begin announcement, was made before ten past. This is a bit worrying. I was at the theatre on Friday night too, in Pinoso, and Javier was up on stage to welcome everyone around ten past ten just ten minutes after advertised start. For West Side Story down in Alicante about three weeks ago that was nearer on time than usual too. I've only just realised but there's a pattern emerging. Spanish theatre times are closing in on the advertised time. I hope I'm not too old to adapt.

Hahaha too old to adapt.. like it!

I do like getting to restaurants at 7pm virtually empty as the Spanish dont think food until as early as 8pm as an extreme measure only!

Generally though i get bored to tears waiting way past the scheduled time for things to start. Maybe the Spanish are simply all getting tanked up whilst I gnash my teeth?

'tomorrow' it's the Spanish fave word for people in Spain,
since 'siesta' is a worldwide-known word..

Yes kitty in England the permanent sign on one's desk WILL DO IT TOMORROW is a good joke. Here it would be seen as a boring obvious statement 😁

nevermind ,
'cause 'adaptation'
has been
~ the best useful skill of mankind ~
& surely of all of the surviving species above Earth on this planet..

Yes though for me it's more about compromise...I will enjoy the good things and try not to dwell on the disappointing ones

I lived in Miami, FL for over 30 years.  "On time" was considered a start of an event anywhere in the hour or so of the announced time.

Being an international city, there are several "time zones" there.  Any Miamian of any background knows there is "Cuban Time," "Haitian Time," and "regular" time.  LOL

I was born in Haiti, in addition.  I used to tell my parents to be ready for an event at least an hour earlier than announced just to make it there somewhere in the general time.   :D

My husband and I are going to Spain (Andalusia) by 2022.  He does not yet speak Spanish.  The first word and concept I taught him was "mañana!"

As preparation for our move, whenever he gets impatient about anything not being done as "quickly" as he would have expected, I just look at him and say, "mañana!"  LOL

I find the concept one of the "warmest" aspects of the country, unless, of course, one is waiting for official documents or answer.

Still, I suggest . . . calma, calma, mañana!


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