November 17, 2017

The Spanish Goodbye

Spanish goodbye

Sometimes you just want to wave goodbye!

It’s late and I have to wake up early the next morning, definitely time to go. I quickly say goodbye to my closest friends at the party, a quick hug and “We’ll get together again soon!” then I make my way out the door.

That was once my life in the US. Not anymore. Now, I must strategically plan when I leave a party in anticipation of the Spanish goodbye. What is the Spanish goodbye, you ask? Let’s use the same scenario to illustrate:

It’s late and I have to wake up early the next morning, definitely time to go. I make my way around the get together, saying goodbye to each and every person there with a two quick kisses on each cheek. The kisses usually spur a question such as:

  • How is your new job going?
  • Your grandma was sick right? How is she doing?
  • So, tell me about your vacation in Thailand!

Thus a new conversation begins, usually lasting between five and fifteen minutes with each person you try saying goodbye to. And this is if the person doesn’t decide that they want you to stay– then it’s even more intense, and you might be bought another drink before you can refuse!

I’ll be honest, getting used to the Spanish goodbye has been difficult for me. I value a good night’s sleep almost more than anything and it can be frustrating to feel like I’m stuck in meaningless conversations when all I really want to do is leave! Despite that, I also feel funny when back home people just shout out “Bye guys!” with a big wave to the group and run out the door!

Chime in– do you love or hate the Spanish goodbye? 

Feature photo by:  Odin Fotografía

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