learning to speak Spanish
12 April 2011 | Somewhere in Mexico
As we have traveled deeper into Mexico and away from the tourist towns we are finding that less and less people speak english. Having Peter onboard has been a huge help as he speaks pretty decent spanish. Me on the other hand, can speak very little spanish and I tend to mispronounce the few words that I do know. Once again the mexican people have been a huge help due to their patience and easy going attitude. I am usually able to communicate with them by using hand signs and my handy dandy Spanish/English dictionary. Yesterday Shaybo and I spent most of the afternoon trying to find a new propane hose to replace one that we had found a small leak in. To some people it would have been aggravating walking all over La Paz as we went from a marine store, to a hardware store, to a Weber barbecue store, to another marine store and on and on. Shaybo and I made it a fun day as we became absorbed in the challenge of finding the hose....which we eventually did. All the way tossing out holas, buenas tardes and hasta luegos. As I have become forced into speaking spanish I am now starting to add slowly but surely more and more words to my spanish vocabulary.
This pic was taken several nights ago as I ordered dinner. It was not a posed pic. I would also say the young waiter was VERY pleased that I was making an effort to speak his language.