First Impressions of the Catalan attitude
Honestly, hardly any one smiles. It’s a hard difference to take after the eager smiles of Malaysia and Cambodia.
To put it in context, it is Spring, and its still cold, and people are wrapped in black and dark grey.
There seems to be a few distinct groups. There are the obvious foreigners, of varying colour and traditional clothing. There’s a small, darker more voluptuous and vocally expressive people who say ‘de nada’ and there is a lighter, slimmer more reserved people who say ‘de res’.
Many of the women are dress conscious. Especially from the ages of 30 up. The younger women seem to carefully attired as discreet brand hippies. Loose hair and baggy clothes, but perfect eye brows and accessories. Strange mix.
The men are pretty non descript at this stage. Nobody struts. Nobody really does anything out of order. Its obviously not the Spain one reads about or sees on TV.
I did meet one really friendly woman, but it turned out she was from the South.