After over three years in Spain, the time has finally come to say goodbye to this beautiful country and its affable inhabitants. I’m excited to go back to the States. I look forward to advancing career-wise and spending more time with friends and family there. Nevertheless, it saddens me to leave behind two wonderful cities, Málaga and Madrid, that have taught me the importance of getting out of the house, trying new things, talking to new people, and discovering new places.
I ADORE MÁLAGA
The Spanish city that first took me under its wing
The song in the video is called “No te olvidaré” by Pablo Alborán.
In the following post, I’m going to discuss dining differences between Spain and the U.S. Going out to eat in one of these places? Here’s what to expect:
In Spain, restaurant-goers tip next to nothing (or actually nothing), whereas in the United States, tipping is an ingrained cultural practice.
One must take into account that waiters are paid more in Spain than they are in the United States. American waiters usually make less than minimum wage*. Spanish waiters don’t make a ton of money, but they’re not as dependent on tips.
When in Spain: I’d say leave at least a euro or two as a tip after a nice meal out. If your party is big, leave a little more. Some people say leaving 10% of the bill is customary, but I almost never see people leave that much.
When in the U.S.: If you’ve had table service, leave between 15% and 20% of the bill as a tip. Some people leave up to 25%. The amount you leave should depend on the service you’ve received. Note that with larger parties, the tip (gratuity) might already be included in the check.