So, following a light breakfast and tapas and an enormous lunch, there is yet another mealtime in Spain before dinner, which is known as la merienda, eaten only a couple of hours or so after lunchtime. However, bear in mind that dinner in Spain is usually a meal eaten very late in the evening - at least 5 or 6 hours after la merienda. This is a meal that is most popular amongst children or manual labourers, as it’s necessary to provide them with plenty of energy to continue with their work and play in the hottest part of the day. La merienda is actually the lightest meal of the day and usually consists of a light snack, such as a chunk of baguette with anything from cured meat to chocolate as a filling. La merienda is actually eaten at what would be dinner time for most other cultures, with dinner coming much later on, closer to bed time, as I discovered when I chose to Volunteer in Guatemala for a great Spanish-style night out!