Friday, November 9, 2012

Bond. James Bond

The other night, Senor B and Theresa's husband discovered they had a mutual love for 007. So, this afternoon, the 4 of us went to see the new movie at Liverpool. We lucked out in getting there just as one was starting so we didn't have to wait, at all.

Like many movies here, it was played in English with Spanish subtitles. I found myself reading the subtitles as a way to increase my Spanish skills. But then I ended up missing too much of the action so I had to force myself to ignore the subtitles.

I can sure see how subtitles are a useful tool for learning another language. Seeing the Spanish words and then hearing the proper usage in English helped me to make sense of some things.

Afterwards, we went for a quick coffee at the little cafe on the upper floor. Neither Senor B nor I can remember the name. Shame on us!

Theresa and Husband took us to the spice section which also has other items that are familiar to NOB folks. They also showed us the dried fruit that's been rolled in chili. They claim it's addictive but I have my doubts. As much as I like spicy food, this looks like it could be too much for me. However, we're not afraid to try new things (I do draw the line at bugs, guts and partially developed duck embryos) so I expect we'll give them a go sooner or later.

Senor B and I took the Autoprogreso back and forth. The young lady I sat with helped to make sure we got off at the right place. We missed it by a block but we were early so it was no big deal. To catch the bus home, we had to cross the road...3 lanes of traffic both ways. You pretty much take your life in your own hands when you cross roads here, but we managed without incidence.

Flagging down the bus is difficult at night. I suppose if we lived in the city we'd get used to what the front of the bus looks like. Since we don't, we always end up missing the first bus or two.

For the first time, I experienced the "you're white so I don't understand what you're saying" phenomenon. I asked a 20-something fellow, "Autoprogreso aqui?" He gave me the deer in the headlights look and said, "No hablo ingles." Now it was my turn for the deer in the headlights look. I said, "Pero hablo espanol," and asked him again, "Autoprogreso aqui?" He repeated that he didn't speak English. *long inner sigh* Ok.

We eventually caught a bus and made it home.

We enjoyed hanging out with Theresa and her husband. Hopefully we'll get to see them again before we head north.


  1. LOL, I was going to post about the movie too. I guess I still can, even though people will think I am a copycat.

    The coffee place was the Segafredo's next to the ice skating rink.

    The store with all the neat imported stuff upstairs was Liverpool. The trick with the chile encrusted dried fruit candies is to just eat a few at a time, just enough so you want more but don't OD on the chile.

    Husband cracked up when I read him about the guy telling you that he didn't speak English. "Been there!" was his response.


    1. Theresa, does blogging etiquette say it's in bad form to write about the same thing? I have no problem if you want to write about the movie. Your perspective will be different than mine.

      We'll definitely try those dried fruit chili candies. They sound intriguing.

      Yeah, that dude made me laugh. The look on his face was priceless.

  2. I was just kidding, just another procrastination excuse.

    No, blogging etiquette certainly does NOT say that unless you are stealing the entire post instead of linking to it. In fact, I have more than once turned what started out as a comment on someone's post into a post of my own!


  3. Here's another Bond fan, and especially since the theme song is written and sung by Adele -my current favorite singer.

  4. Theresa, good to know. Sometimes I read someone else's post and think I'd like to make one on the same subject but I don't.

    J&A, if you guys haven't seen it yet, get yourselves to a theatre, pronto. You won't be disappointed.


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