Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bar Rejection and Bad Translation

Three of us mums from school went out for a pre Christmas drink last night only to discover that the bars began to close up at ten and we had only just left the house at nine. We walked into one restaurant on the front requesting a drink and they as good as frog marched out of the door, in fact they looked most annoyed that we had interrupted what seemed to be the owner´s soiree!

So where did we end up? In a kebab shop sat at the table with our cokes and wine and clutching our bellies as we rolled around laughing at the bizzarely translated menu. I know it is a little rude as I am sure my English to Spanish efforts would leave a lot to be desired but I draw the line at a salad with a "hand grenade" in it and "toots bread". For those of you who know Spanish you will know that toots is a literal translation from pita ( as in tooting a horn) but I still haven´t worked the hand grenade out yet!

Christmas Shopping

Shoppers are out in droves despite the rain doing their Christmas shopping. In Carrefour many shelves are left empty as shoppers are stacking their trolleys with toys. This supermarket has come laong way over the past five years in terms of books and DVDs. Whereas before they stocked a handfu of books now they have a fantastic selection including many of the English bestsellers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Catch Up

It has been a while folks, I realise but I have been travelling Scandinavia with kids in tow. I found lots of free Ryan Air flights so we ended up visiting a few different countries including Germany, Sweden, Norway and Belgium. So, there was lots of getting on and off planes, five in total but it was great fun. It was really a trip of a lifetime and the girls loved it and were really good carrying their own luggage etc. They love travelling and I really hope they let us go backpacking with them when they are older like we let them come "inter planeing" with us!

We saw some amazing sights including the Vasa ship in Stockholm, we are now big Swedish children´s literature fans as we have discovered some great Astrid Lingren characters. I have always been a Pippi Longstocking fan but we met so many new characters on our travels so I am looking for translations of Rona the Robber´s daughter, Karlson etc as I can´t see myself learning Swedish in the near future.

Whilst travelling we noticed that all the other tourists were Spanish. In fact the only other tourists were Spanish. We heard Spanish everywhere we went. I suppose living in a warm climate with access to beaches means that you can enjoy more sightseing city break holidays the rest of the year.