1 - Breaking the apron strings Photo of a man and his mother: Shutterstock If you believe you can move the relationship along at a snail´s pace and build up to meeting the family at around the six- month mark, then think again.
If he´s into you then you can expect him to ask you to meet his mum, cousins and uncle Jose pretty quickly.
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.
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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.
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You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.10 - Remember that old traditions die hard Of course Spain has come a long way in terms of equality between men and women, but there is still a long way to go.If you survive the dating stage and think about getting serious and moving in together, it can become a battle of the sexes.Plus you can weed out weirdos before you actually meet.Just beware of misleading profiles: guys who cover up their faces with sunglasses or baseball caps to hide how they really look, selfie-mirror dudes and any man with his shirt off (unless you are looking for a one night stand too).If you arrive on time, you´ll be sipping your two euro glass of rueda totally alone for at least 20 minutes to half an hour.