Learning to Speak Spanish

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Monday, March 4, 2013

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros Y Compaņeras:
Y Caballeros Y Hombres

For the last two months I have been pushing hard to learn Spanish.
Since January (Enero) 01, 2013 when I made my vow that I am going to learn to speak Spanish this year (2013) or (voy a aprender habler Espanol este ano (2013) o) die trying, I have been pushing hard to speak Spanish... I could have pushed harder but I have pushed hard - I have not been sitting on my hands... I have sacrificed or curtailed some of my more enjoyable activities to focus on learning to speak Spanish. I have made an effort to learn to speak Spanish - HONEST INJUN..

Now, two months later (with 10 months to go), I realize that I have not been learning to speak Spanish. I have been building up a vocabulary of Spanish words, I have been learning about Spanish grammer, I have been building up a base upon which I can learn to speak Spanish,
but I have not really started to learn how to speak Spanish, YET.
I can read Spanish a little bit - a very little bit..
It is discouraging - but it is also enlightening to realize and appreciate that I am not really learning how to speak Spanish YET - in some ways it is empowering to realize and appreciate that what I am really doing right now is build ing up a base of Spanish words and vocabulary and a base upon which I will be able to learn to speak Spanish, eventually - hopefully that will not be too far into the future... 

There is a large outdoor Mexican market several blocks from my place..
I very seldon go to it because it is West of my place and Centro (downtown San Miguel) is East of my place.and every place I go to and want to go to is East of my place. The commercial business area street of San Antonio is East of my place... Also, it really does not have anything that I want there....
This Mexican Market is very large - it could be several acres in size - it is sort of a semi-outdoor market - there is a cover over the top but no real walls. It consists of 100's of business stalls selling every thing that you could imagine - including many eating place and produce stalls, shoes, clothing, repair shops, CD's & DVD's, etc......
The reason I am mentioning this is, that I was in it today walking around seeing what was what and what was there and it can take 1/2 hour to an hour to walk through the whole place and I wanted to get a Diet Coke to drink while I was walkng around and there were lots of convenience store type stalls selling Coke. However, while all of the convenience store type stalls sold Coke, none of them sold Diet Coke - HORRORS!!!!! And I realized that Mexicans do not drink Diet Coke - they only drink the real Coke - the full strength Cokef...... Mexicans do not drink diet drinks, or eat diet food or eat chocolate bars. The stores that I go to on San Antonio cater to the Gringo's and sell diet drinks, diet food and chocolate bars.. They charge more for Diet soft drinks, diet food and anything that does not have sugar in it (artificial sweetners instead) and chocolate bars. There is a very limited selection of chocolate bars - Mars Bars, Snickers, Milkway Bars - I like all three...
But I have developed a taste for the Milkway Bars - they are my favourite - and they have a super large giant size that I particularily like..And there is no one around to comment on my chocolate bar consumption - it is like being in Heaven, but not being dead...
It is a form of discrimination charging more for Diet Coke and Chocolate Bars because they know that only the Gringo's buy that stuff and that Mexicans do not buy that stuff....

Many Mexicans have a strong belief that cold air (5 degrees celsius) causes diseases and you often see them going around with surgical masks to protect themselves from the cold air. Some of them believe so strongly that the cold causes diseases that they will not and would not have ice cubes in their water or drinks or even drink cold water.....NOTE: room temperature water is better for you....

Viva La Mexico


Mis Compadres

Y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros and Compaņeras:

Senor Mexico Dave


Viva La Mexico

Hasta La Viva
Mis Compadres
Y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros and Compaņeras:
Y Caballeros Y Hombres 

Mexico Dave

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