Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tim Travel



I have to admit it is nice to be away and not have to worry about too much more than what to order from room service, when to go to the pool, when to workout (yes there is a gym here and I have used it every day), when to go to dinner and what to watch on television. Of course it is Spanish television and we tend to watch the English programs with Spanish subtitles instead of the other way around. But I tell you, sometimes I catch myself watching about 10 minutes of Bewitched before I realize it isn't in English. And of course we get the Fox Network so we can keep up on the latest news about Anna Nicoles' corpse.

Neither Tess nor I speak a great deal of Spanish. But I am trying to learn by reading the Spanish subtitles on the English speaking programs. It is particularily entertaining to see what Spanish words they come up with for English idioms and swear words. "What's up dog," becomes "Que Paso Amigo."



Most of the staff at the hotel speak English and respond to most of my attempts at Spanish with, "Okay." I do love the way Spanish sounds. And it is fun keeping track of how to greet people depending upon the time of day (Buenos Dias, Buenos Tardes or Buenos Noches). I tend to talk low and mumble in Spanish the same way I do in English, so I am getting by okay.

We do like spending time at the pool. I sunburned my ankles the first day and have been slathering on the sunscreen. I used so much today that my wedding ring slipped on my finger in the deep end while I was dog paddling around. I had to talk a couple of kids to dive for it and then give it back to me when they found it. Both Tess and I were relieved.

We are flying back to Seattle Friday. Fortunately it is not a red eye home. Unfortunately I won't have much time to recover from traveling. I have to head back to the airport on Saturday to go to a marketing conference. The upside is that it is in Las Vegas. The downside is that it is Las Vegas.

Oh well, it's been awhile since I Photoshopped my face on something from a casino. That's something to look forward to.

12 comments:

Footpad said...
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Footpad said...

Ah-hah! The Westin Camino Real. I was right!

Glad you're enjoying your mid-winter break. Just remember the following phrase and you'll be fine: ¿Dónde esta el baño?

-- f

Whitesnake said...

Oh tim-id you old card fancy falling for the old spanish in Gally mata ta ta.............

Or something like that......

Miss Bliss said...

Todo suena más romántico en español....

Tim ID said...

FP,
Usted es absolutamente el detective. Una frase aún más importante es, "mayo que tengo una cerveza por favor?"

Whitesnake,
Viva la Guatemala!

Miss Bliss,
Indeed it does!

Kindness (disarms the difficult) said...

when you go to vegas, photoshop your face on something you find downtown... yes... downtown... old school fremont street...

once someone called my house and spoke spanish to me. I brilliantly said "No hable (or was it habla) espanol" which I later learned meant that I told the speaker (speaking to me in spanish) that they didn't speak spanish... no wonder they laughed...

Madame Butterfly said...

I can't get past the fact you have been to the GYM every day while you are on holiday.... wash your mouth out with soap young man for ye has blasphemed.

Tim ID said...

Kindness,
I have never visited downtown Las Vegas. I know that is wrong. But I'm just this new Vegas kind of guy. Go figure. As for "no hable espanole," I do think it means I don't speak spanish.

Madame Butterfly,
Does it help that you can watch television while you workout?

Madame Butterfly said...

Watching television.....hmmm.... well ok that could be construed as relaxing as long as there was no sweat involved...Phew, that was close.

anna said...

I am so jealous! I want to be relaxing somewhere warm too!

Will you be blogging from Las Vegas too?

Hope you're having a wonderful time!

Tim ID said...

Madame Butterfly,
Unfortunately I sweat profusely just watching television. It's a genetic thing. Sigh.

Thanks Anna,
Yes I am going to blog from Las Vegas (which is where I am now). TCB!

K. said...

Just to put the questioning to rest - to say, "I don't speak Spanish," you'd say, "No hablo espanol." (there should be a little tilde above the n there. And the h is silent.)

If you go back to Vegas again, go down Fremont street at night.