I think that one of the interesting things to do, when you travel to a new place, is watch people eat. After all, you ideally don’t just want your trip to be a quick movement from point A to point B, from one tourist attraction or landmark to another. You also want to be able to soak in some of the culture, and gain a better understanding of how people in that place live. And one of the ways to do this is to try to sample the different forms of local cuisine, as well as notice the patterns and habits that people show, while in a meal. You’ll come away from these experiences with a better understanding of that country.
So when it comes to Spain, you’ll want to observe and enjoy Spanish meals. Don’t be afraid to try new things cuisine-wise or dish-wise. For example, you can try going into a local cake shop and checking out what they offer. Then compare what they have to the cake shops back home. What are the names of the desserts? For example, some Spanish desserts are named after saints, which shows an interesting link between food and religion. What are the desserts made of? Do they make use of any local specialty food or delicacy? And so on.
Back in the day, actually some centuries ago, Spain was one of the major colonizing countries. It had explorers who claimed to have discovered countries, though I guess that the reality was that they didn’t really discover them, since these places already had people and cultures living there. But that was how things were back in the day. As a result, Spain had a number of colonies located very far from the country itself. It had ships which plied the trade routes. There was something back then known as the Galleon Trade. And because of its ships and access to certain countries, Spain was able to build on its access to certain spices and other natural resources.
Another thing that Spain brought with it to other countries was religion. There were priests on board these ships, and when they arrived at their destination, they would begin the process of winning over or bringing the people there into the church. This was not always a particularly peaceful process unfortunately. But one of the results of this process is that there are churches built in different countries, which were created by these priests and their orders. In fact today, there are still religious orders who own large amounts of land in some of these countries.
In a way, this was the form of globalization from centuries ago. It’s very different from how things are today and that is a good thing. Today’s globalization is generally more peaceful, and is powered by advances in technology and communication. In the past, Spain depended on its long haul ships in order to move wealth and resources from one place to another. Today, things are much easier and quicker, of course. A money transfer to India can be done in a very tiny fraction of the amount of time that it used to take centuries ago. On a daily basis, huge amounts of capital flow in and out of countries. The sheer scope and scale of these capital flows would boggle the mind of a Spanish sailor from centuries ago.
One of the ways in which Spanish thought continues to have its effects, even beyond its borders, relates to its architecture. When it comes to the design of buildings and structures, there is a way of conceptualizing a building so that it comes off as Spanish or Spanish-influenced. You will find that this type of architecture has found its way to countries, not just outside Spain, but also outside Europe. There are a number of reasons for this.
One reason is that hotels and lodgings around the world sometimes want to create the feeling of international travel. So even if a particular hotel is located in Australia or New Zealand, that won’t mean that it will want to have a design that is also linked to Australia or New Zealand. Instead, they might want to create the feeling of being on the Mediterranean or Iberian Peninsula. This way, visitors to these places will feel that they have traveled somewhere more far away.
Now this isn’t always the case, of course. For example, I know someone who once stayed at one of the Hamilton motels, who very much enjoyed their more modern aesthetic. So there are places which try to create the sense of being somewhere far away, and there are places which do not try to do so, but instead offer a different kind of aesthetic. Either one can work just fine.