"The Cobra"

For my next entry, I’d like to tell you a funny story about social interaction we experienced in Spain. My roommate Caitlin tells it better. Enjoy:  
Spain, especially Madrid, is famous for its discotecas. Madrid is after all one of the party capitals of the world. The biggest discoteca: Kapital, with 7 floors and each floor plays a different genre of music. If you stay on the first floor you get to experience the “wind guster,” a machine that generates large gusts of wind at the height of the techno beat. You know in the rap videos, where they roll up to the fancy clubs and there are bouncers in black suits with earpieces acting like they’re the secret service while ushering in women in mini skirts and ten-inch heels? I always wondered if those places actually existed; they do, and most of them are in Spain. There are hundreds of them, maybe thousands. After we had visited a few of them, we asked our Spanish roommate what the deal was with the social etiquette in the discotecas; we just didn’t get it. This is the breakdown he gave us:

“Well, it’s all about the cobra.”
Us: “The cobra? What?”
“Yeah, all guys fear the cobra, you know, when a guy goes to kiss a girl and she moves her head back like a cobra while looking at him like, I don’t think so” “You don’t do the cobra? What do you do if I guy tries to kiss you?”
Us: “Oh, well, guys don’t typically try to kiss you if they don’t think you’re interested…” 
 “But if he doesn’t try to kiss you, then how does he know you are or aren’t interested?”
Us: “Well, if you’re talking with him, depending on the conversation he could tell if you are interested.”
Look of confusion…Well, if some guy does try to kiss you and you don’t want to kiss him, what do you do?”
Us: “Well, I guess we would give him the cheek.”
“The cheek?! If you give him the cheek he thinks, alright I got the cheek, I got a chance! No, the girl does the cobra. Then the guy has the option to respond with the bear.”
Us: “The bear?”
“Yeah, the bear, like a bear hug. Then the girl can respond with the kangaroo.” (Demonstrated with both hands and foot pushing away bear hug.)
 This is actually a true story. And we actually could have used these moves out. Now you are prepared for a visit to a discoteca in Madrid. Have fun and be ready! 🙂

Fútbol Mania

  Spain is home to, well, some of the world’s best soccer teams. You might have heard of our home team, Real Madrid. Crowds flood in from all over the city to the sacred Santiago Bernabeu stadium. This monstrous stadium holds 85,454 of some of the world’s loudest and most faithful futbol followers. Every gameday, the Real fans in my classrooms would sport their Cristiano and Casillas* jerseys. All the Barca (Barcelona) kids would give them a hard time about how they’ve beaten Real multiple times in this year’s  “El Clásico” matchups. –àFor more info about “El Clásico” click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Cl%C3%A1sico     The students would ask me if I liked Real Madrid or Barca, and when I always responded Real, half the class would cheer and the other gave me dirty looks. Easy way to make enemies in Spain- be a Barca fan in Madrid or vice versa.  So as I am very team spirited, of course I had to check out the action in the Bernabeu. Here are some shots.
     *Cristiano Ronaldo #7, Iker Casillas goalkeeper

                                             Watch this video of Real Madrid almost scoring!