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Sally Fazakerley is a British woman in her early 30s who has been living in Madrid since 2010.
After finishing her degree in Psychology she moved to Spain to teach and sing in a band while undertaking an unofficial psychological study of Spanish men.
When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
5 - Don't expect him to keep up Photo of a man passed out on a bench: Shutterstock As a British woman, I can tell you for sure that I can drink any Spanish guy under the table.
He is stumbling to the bathroom to throw up on his shoes and I am searching for the shots menu.
The topic of Hispanic dating has grown in importance as the people and their culture intermingles around the globe. The same data also demonstrated the trend toward more interracial couples with Hispanic and non-Hispanic being the largest percentage of the group.
That´s all well and good until you have to dodge the obligatory goodnight kiss. Drink like a fish and there will be no Latin loving later.
6 - Play up your non-crazy side Most Pablitos who have been around the block will have come across their fair share of drama with local señoritas – think Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and you´ll get the picture.
If you seem like a cool chica who is low maintenance and won´t get jealous because they want some time out with the boys, you´ll come across as a breath of fresh air in Spain.
7 - Forget about timekeeping Photo of a woman with clock: Shutterstock Don't expect fixed plans days in advance with a slow build up, or even a clear idea of what you will be doing and when.