What to Expect at a Spanish Barbeque

After Kike’s first trip to Somalia, I decided to throw him a surprise BBQ and invite all of his friends and a few of mine. Being American enouugh to love grilled meat and cold beer, I was shocked to find out that they way Spaniards do their barbeques no tiene ná que ver.
Kike’s friend Manuel invited us to his cortijo for a grill-out this weekend, and I went with sunscreen, dirty clothes and a pair of beat-up shoes, ready for the unexpected. But here are some norms to expect:

Expect to eat anything but hamburgers.

Expect farm equipment, but not sporting equipment
Expect to get dirty
Expect to have questionable facilities
Expect the barbecue to last hours
Expect weird music
Expect to head home at 7am.
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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living among pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she wrangles babies at an English Language Academy and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.

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