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We Call It A Lot Of Work

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I´m trying to check in at my hostal in Barcelona and am forced to wait because the relatively flamboyant man behind the desk is currently on the phone in a very involved conversation. As he finishes, he turns his attention towards me, "[unintelligible Spanish]."

"¿Hablás Inglés?"

"Ah, yes, do you need a room?"

"I have a reservation..." he takes my passport and begins to copy down my information.

"Sorry about the phone, I was talking to do you say in English? uh, not like a wife."

Not sure if he´s referring to his mistress or life partner, I try to play it safe, "you mean your partner?"

"No, like a secret..."

"An affair?"

"Yes! That was my affair calling."

At this point, I´m not really sure what to say, so I just sit there while he finishes the paperwork. Beaming, he hands me the key to my room, "have a good day mister Travis!"


  • At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Travis - Add a link to your pics on the main page for easy access.

    Seems like you have a lot of fun. Be safe...

  • At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i'd upgrade "be safe" to "lock your door."

  • At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to add, "don't drop the soap" to the list of safety tips.

    S'bina and I are going to attempt booking rooms tomorrow night a la happy hour style. I'm sure hope the places we book in Bath are more reputable and less flamboyant affairs.

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous anonymous ... again said…

    ps - i feel like juan would be disappointed to know the full extent of his extensive spanish lessons were going towards "hablás inglés?"


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