I bet you didn’t know this about Spain
They say we learn something new every day and also that we learn best by laughing or at least engaging our minds in fun and exciting endeavors and I bet you didn’t know this about Spain.
- Who wouldn’t want to spend a long and happy life in a wonderful place? The zest for life is something that the Spanish are famous for – as if their physical sturdiness and general health, making them some of the peoples with the highest life expectancy in the world: 82 years on average.
- The Basques invented the stapler in the 18th century. Office mice will really appreciate it. The first such instrument was meant for the French King Louis XV.
- The Spanish love rhythm; sometimes words are irrelevant, as proven by the fact that the Spanish national anthem has no words. Pure music without words.
- Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Having been a huge imperial power, Spain managed to imprint its culture and language to half a world indeed and half an American continent.
- However, ironically perhaps, only 72% of the people inhabiting Spain actually speak standard Spanish. The rest speak Catalan, Basque, Galician and other dialects and languages.
- You can rent a car in Madrid for a low rate provided you book online some time in advance.
- Madrid enjoys more sunny days than most cities in the world!
- And, surprisingly enough, though Barcelona is the most known city in Spain, it is Madrid that is the capital city of Spain.
- You can smoke in Spain still… but not in public spaces. The Spanish pioneered a disdain for smoking in offices and public spaces, being one of the first countries to ban this practice.
- The first novel ever written is attributed to a Spanish writer and adventurer. It is Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s “Don Quijote”.