Update: We found the light for the car for the new DGT rule about being broken down on the side of the road. It was behind the counter at our local Autoparts store. At €16 its now safely in the door pocket on the driver side door in easy reach and for handy use in case of an emergency. There will be a transition period where the triangles will still be legal and the lights will become required. To give people time to comply. I only had to ask the clerk in español and he knew right away what I needed. I was a little proud if myself and so was Jeff.
And speaking of español, in January I have to start Spanish again. Its long past time. And the signs are getting harder and harder to ignore.
The first sign is my friend from Lugo is getting very serious about me learning and we now have a pact to only text in español. I’m to try to type the correct sentences and I’m not allowed to look it up on a translation app. She will kindly correct any errors and we will continue on with our conversation. I have to give up ‘being right’ and just be good enough that someone could understand me enough to correct me. This is a fresh concept for me.
The second sign was my laptop broke. Completely. Normally I would have been to the US and replaced it. But it didn’t happen this year, so I had to bite the bullet and buy one here in Spain. And yes, it has a Spanish keyboard. This has taken some getting used to and the new letters and configuration are staring me in the face every day. Keys might look similar but they are not and do not work the same much of the time. Function keys, the Alt key. Not the same. Even quotations or apostrophes do not function the same.
More and more I need to actually speak, not just understand what other people are saying. And in real time, not just typing out what I need in advance. Muddling through is a thing of the past. And I can tell I’m getting better after months of brain fog. Slowly I’m making connections again. I think I might just be able to, not only get back to where ai was, but to truly learn to get along in Spanish.
Do I have a very very long way to go? Yes I do. But what seemed hopeless these past few months doesn’t feel so impossible, or as intimidating, now. The mountain won’t climb itself. I have to just put one foot in front of the other. Some days it will be a long slog. Others won’t seem so difficult. But if I have any hope of growing old in this country and having Spanish friends long-term its a must. I just gotta keep going.
And if I can get my Spanish to a decent level perhaps someday I’ll feel comfortable enough to tackle the citizenship test. Wouldn’t that be something? But for now I just need to start up again. One foot in front of the other.