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Spanish Table Manners

Ben Curtis of Notes From Spain has put together a quick list of Spanish table manners, five items that might surprise someone dining in Spain or with a Spanish family for the first time. Here's tip #5: "Don’t stop talking for too long! Noise is key to any good family meal in Spain. Try to talk to the person diagonally opposite you, and shout if you have to make yourself heard, which is quite likely as everyone else in the room is also talking to the person diagonally opposite them as well. So rare is silence at a the Spanish table that they have an expression for such occasions based on an equally improbable event: "Ha pasado un angel!" -... More

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