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How the schedule changes when you go abroad

by Enrique Jover VelozReading time: 3 min.
How the schedule changes when you go abroad
Hello, my name is Enrique and I am an intern at AuPair.com. That is why I had to come to Germany a few months ago. I am from Spain and although I have lived alone before, I had never done so in another country, which is a big difference. Luckily, I had been to Germany several times and knew how things worked there. However, I felt the cultural shock from the beginning. One of the things that could be more shocking when you go abroad is the pace of life. Here are some things that can have a great influence on your stay:

At work

The typical working day in Germany is around 8 hours long, with most companies operating from around 9 am to 5 or 6 pm. However, there are some variations within this general trend, with some companies offering flexible working hours or part-time opportunities.
 
The typical working day in Spain is 1 or even 2 hours longer! That’s because it is common to have a longer break in the day, even if this means that the working day ends later.

Day and night

Some people are affected by whether it is day or night. When night falls, we often feel that the day is coming to an end and that there is not much time left to do certain activities. Depending on where you live, the sun sets at different times. This means that even if it is the same time in two places, if it is daylight in one place, we may still feel that we can be productive. During the winter, because the sun sets later in Spain than in Germany, the majority of Spaniards have no problem being late on the streets, unlike in Germany.

Different meal times 

As someone who grew up in Spain, I can tell you that it is unthinkable for Spanish people to eat at noon. In many cases, they are still having breakfast and won’t think about having lunch for a few hours. This is a problem because, if you are not used to a different eating time, it could be difficult to find places to eat or drink, as many restaurants could be closed. 
 
This is often a problem for Spanish people abroad,  even in countries with a supposedly more similar culture, such as Italy.

Shopping 

In Germany, shops and supermarkets are usually closed on Sundays. 
The last day of the week is highly respected here, as it is considered a day to relax and to spend with family. 
 
Also in Spain many shops are closed on Sundays, however, I think there are a few more options and you don’t necessarily have to plan your shopping in advance.

Nightlife 

Even going out to parties at night is different! While in some countries, like Spain, the party can go on until dawn, in others, like Germany, it doesn't last past 5 am. In Germany, people start dancing at 11 pm, while in Spain people are used to starting the party much later.
 
This also applies, to a certain extent, to the schedules of other more common events. In the German football league, for example, matches usually start early, even for the most important teams. In Spain, matches always start at 2 p.m., and there are even matches that start at ten o'clock at night. The same goes for other forms of entertainment, such as going to the cinema, the theater or just hanging out with friends. In Germany, everything is done a bit earlier than what I am used to.
 

In summary, different schedules can be challenging for newcomers. However, it can also be a great opportunity to learn about new cultures and traditions. Additionally, adjusting to a new schedule can be an excellent way to change up your routine and add a bit of excitement to your daily life. So don't be afraid of schedule differences, embrace them and enjoy the ride! 
 
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