<Driving for several hours through very twisty and narrow mountain roads, followed by hiking for several hours over sharp cliff rocks, sometimes followed by climbing, and then…more driving back home. Sometimes, on our ride back, instead of the usual deafening silence, we’d play the Spanish app. That is, he’d say words in Spanish or English, and I had to say the corresponding word in English or Spanish.>
Lashes: El Conquistador
Sassi: The Conqueror
Lashes: Spell it
Sassi: C – O – N – Q – U – E – R – O – R
Lashes: <somewhat impressed> Humm…good, that’s right
Calamares a la plancha
Sassi: Grilled calamari
Lashes: Tinto de verano
Sassi: Summer wine? ahahahhaha
Lashes: <impenetrable by my giggling, and very serious> A drink made with red wine and coke
Sassi: What? It’s a Sin to mix red wine with coke. I have never heard of that.
Lashes: El vino tinto
Sassi: Red wine
Lashes: female or male
Lashes: La conquistadora
Sassi: The conqueress? Is that the right word?
Lashes: Yes, that’s right. “Sassi” la conquistadora. The heartbreaker.
Sassi: El ordenador – Male
Sassi: <quickly correcting “Lashes” lack of gender assignment to the word> El! Escritorio. Office!
Lashes: Nope! Desk
Sassi: The conqueror – male
Lashes: Red wine mixed with coke
Sassi: El tinto de verano
Sassi: Uh what?
Lashes: That’s the word
Sassi: Uh…..Uh? What the heck? ahahahhahaha Are you joking?
Lashes: El or La
Sassi: El ordenador
Lashes: El matrimonio
Sassi: Oh, so close to Portuguese!
And this went on for 1, 2 hours, as I drove back to our apartment.
This was probably the only few times I felt a connection with this person?
Sometimes. I would come up with words in Spanish that were a poor attempt at converting its close relative, and my Native language, Portuguese, into the word I had just heard in English. This was coupled with exaggerating the “R”, “L”, pronouncing the “C” as if I had a lisp…etc. Result? A complete mess! But so funny!
These attempts were quickly followed by a giggle, laughter, and a huge smile. Sometimes, by both of us.
At least we could connect on that!
These illustrated our scarce, abbreviated, laid-back instances over a period of 17 days.
At times, it felt more like we were trying to crush some of that cemented silence that seemed to monopolize.
It was unbearable at times.
Only 4 or 5 days in I was thinking “All is fair in love and war…Bring it on!”