Monday, April 2, 2012

Spanish subway

We traveled to Madrid; the country's capital for vacation. In the capital, few locals speak English. Compared to the surrounding cities, more English was spoken in Madrid than other nearby cities.

 When we traveled, only our dad understood Spanish so he spoke to the locals for us to get directions, ordered our food, and allowed us to enjoy our trip to Spain without consulting a Spanish to English dictionary.

Although the rest of our family did not speak Spanish very well, Annie attempted to speak with the locals. Normally Annie attempted to speak Spanish on the subway.

One of the only phrases she knew in Spanish was "Habla Ingles?" (Do you speak English?) On the subway, Annie would ask locals if they spoke English. The most common response was no. On other occasions, old ladies would look at Annie and dig in her pocket for a caramel. The ladies normally took two caramels out of their pocket; one for me and one for Annie. Once Annie learned that the older citizens had candy in their pockets, she knew her target. When we rode the subway, Annie asked older citizens if they spoke English and they gave her candy. Since we only rode the subway 3 or 4 times throughout the trip, we recieved 6-8 pieces of caramel.

1 comment:

  1. Hola! wasn't that what Anne kept saying to the little old ladies on the bus!