Student Spotlight: Ana

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imageName & Place of Origin

Ana Rodríguez, from Madrid, Spain. Living in Barcelona for the last 6 years.

Why do you want to learn English?

To be able to communicate with more people around the world. And to help me with business: I am starting a company to organize private and corporate events in Barcelona (laexperienciabcn.com). I also prepare tapas in gastronomic markets (ladygazpacho.com).

Tell us a bit about your home country and the culture there.

Spain is a really welcoming country where we love enjoying outdoors activities with family and friends.We love to enjoy the beach and the sun. The capital is Madrid with lots of museums, cultural activities and an amazing positive energy. Then Barcelona is really touristic but also really beautiful.

Madrid-Spain-map

What are some differences you notice between San Francisco and your home country?

The young people in SF really care about business career and about practicing sports, while in Spain we also do but the priority is social life and family.

Another difference is the mealtimes: our breakfast, lunch or dinner take place two or three hours after meals anywhere else. Breakfast is around 10 , lunch from 2 pm to 4 pm and dinner from 9 pm to 11 pm. And we take our time while eating. We can sit one hour for a breakfast and two hours for lunch or dinner. During weekends, up to 3 or 4 hours! We love this time with family and friends.

What do you like to do for fun in the Bay Area?

Go surfing in the area and enjoy restaurants with spicy food. Love the Thai and Vietnamese ones!

What is your favorite English word/ phrase you’ve learned?

Beat around the bush.