Spanish - Spanglish...oh jeez I'm confused!
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 237
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
OK, so we have recovered, mostly, from our wineries tour from the other day, and since we had to cancel our Spanish lessons as a result of our over-indulgance of the red stuff, we have had to knuckle down and seriously get some work done on the old Espanol. This is why we have been having 6 hours of classes between us per day! Crazy! Just when I think I have mastered one tense our teacher Adrian throws another tense at me. This is such a complicated language...I mean, why have a dozen different ways of saying the same thing when just one way can do the same job
We have managed to get out and about and see a little of Mendoza between lessons. There is such a strong culture of taking a Siesta here that everything, and I mean everything, shuts down at lunch time and doesn't reopen until late afternoon. The shutters are pulled down, the lights are switched off, the tables and chairs on the pavements lie empty where a few hours before they were full of people chatting over coffees, and the previously bustling streets become deserted. It's so different to what we are used to and you really have to think about what you're going to do that day and plan accordingly.
We've also had a chance to sample some of the local food whilst we've been here so far. One of my favourites is Dulce de Leche....which is a kind of a thick-sticky-sweet-milky caramel goop which comes in a jar and is totally delicious spread on almost anything
And now for the Spanish.....
Dos dias atras yo compre los boletos para el omnibus a Malargue. Viajamos manana y sale el omnibus a las nueve y treinta de la manana. El viaje dura seis horas. Como no duermi bien la noche atras, voy a acostarme temprano. Necesito dormir bien. Bueno, es todo mis amigos! Hasta luego.............
(I don't have the little accenty bits on my computer...or I haven't figured out how to add them yet...so you'll need to let me off the hook on that one! Otherwise please feel free to correct me on my many mistakes which I will probably have!!)