Hello Hallo Hola,
"We are going to arrive later" The dreaded word for every overly punctual person. the undefined word "later" could mean in 2 minutes, in 15 minutes, in an hour. For the overly punctual a disaster because one can't plan for a "later".
This has been quite a challenge for me here in Spain. The Spanish being known for their different perception of time (this obviously doesn't apply to all Spanish people, however the majority of people I have met in Spain fulfill this stereotype). I'm going to share my 2 top examples.
My Au-pair mother's sister invited us to dinner at 20:20, my Au-pair mother also being a passionately punctual, we arrived at 20:15. Ringing the doorbell we received no answer and after calling the sister waited in front of the lock door. For the host. She arrived at 20:40. The host arrived 20 minutes late!
I don't know how some of you feel about this but this made me uneasy to say the least, imagining being the host coming late, I personally would be extremely embarrassed. Nevertheless the sister was super chilled as if nothing happened and judging by the reaction of my Au-pair mother this isn't the first time this happened.
The second occurrence being with my Spanish friends. We wanted to have a BBQ.
We are picking you up in 30 minutes
Going to be later (the dreaded word!!)
In 15 minutes there
Come downstairs we are here
Thank goodness I didn't have anything else planned that day. It still put me on edge although I was more relaxed as I am getting accustomed to it.
I don't think there is anything wrong with being on time, it's important for official meetings and events, however when meeting with friends I will try to relax if they are running late by a few minutes.
See you next week. Bis nächste Woche. Hasta siguiente semana.
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