Day One is Spain included a trip to the grocery store for a few quick items.
Lesson #1 - all of the vocabulary that I have for fruits and vegetables is in desperate need of a makeover. How is it that Spanish does NOT equal Spanish? Somehow, it is true. So one of the first things on my list to do today is to get a small spiral notebook and start language learning all over again. Back to kindergarten... At least I'm not starting all over again with everything! Just need to revamp some vocabulary.
Lesson #2 - the grocery shopping experience is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags). If you don't, they charge you.
Lesson #3 - Wow - waaayyy too many choices for olive oil! We will have to make this a learning point for future conversations with others.
Lesson #4 - LOADS of fish and seafood things in the meat dept, all of which have names we are unfamiliar with. Another vocabulary experience. Several things with tentacles and sucker-things. Several things that appeared to be shrimp-like. All the fish have huge teeth (I think I'm staying out of the ocean here). Finally found a familiar sight - trout - and went with the familiar for dinner. Day One is not the day to gamble on dinner... too sleep deprived, too brain dead, too overwhelmed to chance a bad dinner.
Lesson #5 - even cooking dinner is a new experience! Sarah looked at the stovetop and said "What is that!?" Turning it on and figuring out the settings was a whole other story.
We finally ate dinner at 9:30 p.m. Sarah almost fell asleep in her plate. We have groceries to last another couple of days. We are now aware of a few learning points we need to work on. This is going to be a new adventure, for sure!
Who am I? In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a Southern Living / Martha Stewart wannabe, a soccer mom, and a short term mission team coordinator / intern director for missions in Mexico... you name it, I probably tried it!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! We have three incredible children... two adult boys who live in Texas, and the Sarah (14) lives with us in whatever country we are serving. I'm still teaching, still taking photos, still leading teams and mentoring, I just do it all in full-time service now! And I'm working hard at giving Southern Living and Martha Stewart a run for their money! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers and immigrant peoples, writing, and trying to figure out what life looks like for a Texas girl serving Christ in Southern Europe. Life in His service is AWESOME! I'm happy to share it with you here... Enjoy!