Formalities: One of the main problems we encounter in Spain is the bureaucracy: Spanish bureaucracy is something we all have to come face to face with very soon. Bureaucracy in the north European countries or western continents is by no means perfect, but a big difference is that we understand how the system works, we’ve grown up with it, we speak the same language, and we know how to protest when things go wrong. In Spain however we feel frustrated. The first and most obvious reason is because of the language barrier, and we might be tempted to think that this is all the problem. But soon we realise that there is more to it than that. We start to see that a lot of the things that happen really are illogical, and so our frustration grows.
Of course, we are never actually dealing with the actual decision maker or with the person in power in our encourters with officialdom. We are face to face with an individual who is being paid to do a job, without necessarily understand the wider implications of it, and who is required to obey instructions. There is absolutely no point in saying to this person: “Wouldn’t it be easier to ‘¦?” “Can you explain to me why I need to ‘¦?” “Couldn’t you just pick up the phone to check that for yourself?” or even, “What exactly are you going to do with all those photocopies when you’ve got them?”
Any kind of helpful suggestion of this sort will be met with a blank face and a repetition of the instructions as though they were set in stone. Customer relations are not high on the agenda in Spain, and the American “have a nice day” philosophy has certainly not reached the Spanish civil service yet. The typical bureaucratic tendency to cover ones tracks is prevalent, as is the somewhat Spanish tendency to get entrenched rather than admit a mistake has been made. The Spanish are bad, on the whole, at backing down and admitting when they are wrong. However, do not think that the problems you face when dealing with bureaucracy represent some kind of plot against foreigners, the Spanish public are just as much victims of the situation as well.
Weather; Allthough the Valencian weather is great and 300 sunny days are guaranteed, .summers can be long and hot and humid. Everybody thinks that the sun is always shining in Spain. That is true, but it doesn´t mean that winters will be warm here. Because of the humidity and the way houses are built it can be very chilly.
Food is great though! But going out for dinner starts at 20.30 in Valencia and then you are very very early.
Language: Not many Spanish people speak English and if Spanish is not your first language, it will be very tiring at the beginning to speak Spanish at all times. We link you to good language schools.
At moving2valencia we will ensure that you adjust quickly and effectively. We help you to be confident and change your cultural patterns of thinking, change your ´cultural hat´ to prevent culture shock thus resulting in an increase of your emotional wellbeing. We help you in the integration process by understanding your feelings and frustrations as they emerge during our cross cultural coaching sessions in Valencia. If you work full time, our cross cultural coaching session will enable you to fulfil your role and become more productive in the workplace.