Jan 13, 2008
Well, my Spanish has been coming along. It's proven to be pretty useful while getting our life set up here. Here's a short list of negotiations I've done in the last few days:
1. We went to the safe store and bought a safe and I negotiated that, although I was a little caught up when she asked us if we wanted a factura or a simple receipt. I had no idea what a factura is. Apparently it's like an invoice or some sort of specified receipt that you use to write the item off on your taxes if you are filing with the Mexican government. In the US you just use your simple receipt to write it off.
2. We needed to get shower heads so I asked the guy at Wal-Mart "Do you have, I'm not sure of the correct word in Spanish, but the 'head' for the shower?" He laughed but pointed us towards the regaderas. I have no idea if what I asked for had a double meaning, but at least we left with a shower head!
4. Hans wanted to start an account with this family that runs a scuba tank filling operation outside of Playa on the way down towards the cenotes. He uses a rebreather, so he needs pure oxygen in one tank and regular air in the other. Between not being that familiar with the vocabulary around tank fills and her telling me all the metric measurements I got a little lost. Then I turn to Hans and start telling him what she said, at which point she says in perfect English, "No, that's not it, I said...."