Friday, December 02, 2022

Why are we the only Spaniards who use blinds?

las Blindsome common in spain, they are rare in the rest of the world. Skeptical of Arab culture and the Inquisition, they stand as examples of the characteristics of the Spanish way of life. Who hasn’t woken up at some point by lifting the blind with tremendous energy? In this article we explain the reasons why the Spanish are the only Europeans to use them.


The most obvious use of blinds is their ability to prevent the sun from heating the house in the summer heat, as well as not to wake us up too early in the first rays of the sun. Spain is one of the countries in Europe with the highest amount of sunlight. 20. among sunniest european city, 11 are spanish (led by Alicante, Catania and Murcia), 5 Italians, 2 French, 1 Greek and 1 Albanian. The country has 2,500 hours of light per year, twice the number of countries such as the United Kingdom (with 1,200). Not to mention the temperature: In the middle of summer, temperatures can reach (and exceed) 40ºC, so not turning the blinds down is synonymous with dying from the heat.

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privacy and religion

If only temperature were to be controlled, we would not lower the blinds at night, but instead we would leave them open to cool off. Its use also reacts cultural reasons, such as seeking privacy and avoiding prying eyes. Despite the open character of the Spaniards, they are very jealous of the privacy of their home. custom comes from arabic culture, in which it is customary to live inside the houses, in the inner courtyards, while the exterior is fortified with lattice work. Another reason that may explain the Spanish craze for closing the windows is the deep-rooted Catholicism, worried about what they would say and suspect personal matters. At that time it was not convenient for the neighbors to see what had been done at the house, as this could be the origin of a terrible incident. condemnation of the investigation, with remarkable strength in the country. Nor does it happen now that the neighbor knows whether the decor is opulent or modest, the house is messy or that we are in pyjamas. Our home is our temple and refuge.

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in other European countriesOn the contrary, the use of the blind has become a mere anecdote. It is strange to find them in homes, like they are in Spain. affected by Calvinist CultureShowcasing the interior of homes is synonymous with honesty, proof that guests have nothing to hide.

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