Pedro Almodovar exported Spanish identity abroad

What is the essence of being Spanish?

“Being Spanish is not about waving the flag or delivering rants filled with a hatred I hope you don’t feel”

This week, 1in light of events in Catalonia, Laura Moreno de Lara a student from Malaga, posted what being Spanish means to her on Facebook. The post went viral and currently has 256,202 shares

Here, as Spain’s National Day approaches, Nómadas Solidarios puts extracts of her words into English and gathers opinions from other Spaniards about what being Spanish means to them.

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The culture clash in Benidorm

Although there are notable cultural differences between the British and the Spanish, for 60 years they have been 1thrown together by the pound and the sun in tourist resorts such as Benidorm where, according to the Benidorm Tourist Information Office, the British account for 50% of the city’s visitors.

 

This 2odd relationship began in the 1950s when the town’s 3mayor Pedro Zaragoza 4hopped on his scooter and rode to Madrid to ask General Francisco Franco 5to allow foreign female tourists to wear bikinis. Curiously, Franco gave his permission, but local girls in bikinis continued to be 6fined for indecent exposure.

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