I speak Spanish worse than Arnold Schwartzenegger speaks English! Actually, a lot worse. But hey, I am not running for governor of Chiapas so this of course does not deter me at all. I have habled espanol through much of Mexico, Central America and most of South America. I do this because Latin American’s appreciate people who speak their language, no matter how badly, and because they are nicer to you when you put forth the effort to speak their language, no matter how badly. Often they go on rolls where they think my understanding is better than it is. They will be rattling on and I will be catching about every third word, but somehow we make do.
It is odd. Ask Jim. Wherever we travel people come up to me and ask me directions or questions in their native language, as if I should know the answer. Probably because I look like a nice old lady, not an axe killer. I always try to muddle through an answer, but recently in Spain, I was distracted, when someone asked me a question in English and I responded, “No hablo Ingles.” ( I don’t speak English.)
I have no idea why I said this. It just came out.
Jim says to me, “Why did you say that?”
And I responded, “No se.” (I don’t know.)
I think it was because I get into immersing myself in Spanish and didn’t like switching back to English.
Jim always complains that I speak Spanish to Italians, but they do tend to understand Spanish and I understand a tad of Italian so we get by, except for the one time in Florence when the Academia or some such tony museum was doing an exhibit on historically important erotic art. I went to the front desk to buy two tickets and schedule an in room massage. The desk clerk looked at me strangely. My Spanish was not obviously not super well understood, because about an hour later, a lady of the evening showed up at our hotel room door! (This was the time of Berlesconi after all.)
Jim still uses this as an example of why I shouldn’t speak Spanish in Italy.
Picky, picky. We did at least get the museum tickets. The lady got a huge tip and I got a great story, but drats, no massage.
I also love to hablo espanol because Jim doesn’t and I get to translate for him, which gives me a distinct advantage. This isn’t the United Nations after all so I can get creative. For example:
I suggest we go shopping. Jim is massively opposed to anything that involves this word. I wait until we are in the taxi, and ask the driver what we should not miss in their city and add a question about the best shopping. They invariably give me a bunch of good ideas, like, “You must visit the cathedral (they always say this in Latin America and we always do) and you should go to the zocalo (park) and the museo. For shopping go to La Boqueria.”
I translate back to Jim, “He says we should definitely not miss the Boqueria. It is the country’s best shopping area with really great values (read cheap) and we shouldn’t miss the cathedral, museum and park.”
Off we head for some really fun shopping! ( Followed of course by the museo, cathedral & zocalo.)
I love going to Spanish-speaking countries!
So if all goes according to plan, or as they say in Latin America (Si Dios Quiere, if God wishes) I will be in Buenos Aires when I next post and then on to Patagonia. I hope to be posting photos for you as I go, as this is so much fun to do. I won’t however, be able to follow your blogs while I am gone, and I wanted you to know the reason. I will catch up when I return though! And please do not worry, relatives who are staying at The Holler while we are gone will be caring for the doggies and stocking the bird feeders, so our four-footed and feathered friends will not be neglected.
I wanted, at this juncture, to take a few moments to acknowledge some of my blogging friends who have blessed this blog with more awards. Thank all of you though, who read this blog, comment on it and/or follow. You are so appreciated by me and I think of you as my blogging family.
I was just awarded my 16th & 17th Blog of the Year Stars and I wanted to give a thank you shout out to:
Virginia and her husband are originally from the UK, but reside in the states. Virginia blogs about cooking mostly, fabulous recipes & tutorials; and about crafting, gardening and growing your own produce and herbs. I have been following her blog for quite some time now. Pop by, visit, and you will too! Thank you Virginia for this very kind nomination.
Jennifer publishes genre e-books such as novels, short-stories, anthologies and non-fiction. She provides a venue where talented writers and reviewers can be published. Her blog is interesting, serves a most important function and is quite approachable. Check it out and thank you Jennifer for this recognition.
Sheri has nominated me for The Shine on Award. Sheri has lived on three continents and is living a fascinating life. She has faced many challenges, even ugly challenges in life, including a near death experience, but prefers to focus, “On The Other Side of Ugly,” which is the name of her blog. I find her blog, perspective, and experience, of great interest and you will too. Thank you Sheri for your continuing kindness.
Chris has nominated me for The Reality Award. Chris is a wife, stepmom, grandmother, & friend, and she happens to be hilarious to boot. She needs to be to juggle all these roles so successfully! Her kindness and sense of humor shines through her blog and I am a devoted follower. Check out her blog and you will be too & thank you Chris for this kind acknowledgement.
Buenos tardes a totos y hablo con ustedes cuando soy en Buenos Aires! (Talk to you soon from Buenos Aires!)