If there’s a tradition that Spain can pass on to the world, and that the world has already begun to embrace, it is the siesta. The importance of resting after a meal to gather a bit of strength before facing the rest of the workday is undoubtedly a central value within Spanish culture—but it’s not the only one. Recent history, classic writers, and common proverbs reveal other lessons, too. Here are 12 things that the world can learn from Spain.
Miguel de Cervantes, the great novelist and author of Don Quixote, wrote: “True friendship can’t be harmed.” Neither time nor social status nor third parties can put an end to a solid friendship.