I'm thrilled and happy to have a Spanish boyfriend. He's amazing. The real challenge, however, has been trying to learn his language. He doesn't speak English and I'm at pre-intermediate level Spanish. But so far we're getting along.
I come from a very small, non-traditional family in the States, so unlike the normal Spanish family. When I date someone, my mother usually meets them in the very beginning, because we're close and I like to know her opinions on the men I choose to date. However, you don't "meet the parents" in Spain until after a considerable amount of time, and it's a pretty big deal.
Here in Spain, I'm in no rush to meet my beau's parents, considering I'm not confident enough with my Spanish to try and win them over with my wit.
I'm curious if any of you have dated a Spanish guy (or girl). As a foreigner, what was it like? Some people warn me that when you marry a Spaniard, you marry the family too, and sometimes they can make things really complicated. I'm not especially worried about that right now, but it is nice to hear others' perspectives. And, how long is it usually until he "presents you" to his family? Is that when he officially addresses you as his "novia" to the world and not just to you behind closed doors?
I'm ridiculously happy with the man I have and I want to have him for a very, very long time. Sometimes the culture barriers present challenges, but I'm in it to win it.