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Swearing in Spanish, Art and a "Royal" Wedding

These last few months have been ridiculous. I’m planning my adventures in Central America (I’m even doing a 32 day tour to get myself acquainted with the culture), trying to get a job in Costa Rica (which apparently they don’t do online anymore because too many “gringos” flake out) and hyperventilating over money (do I or don’t I have enough? How cheap is “cheap”?).

As I’m preparing, I got a few books on tape out of the library to brush up on my Spanish. One of the books is called “Speak-in-a-Week” and is supposed to be a good book to learn Mexican slang.

On my way to work the other day, I pop my CD in, roll down the windows (my air conditioning is broken) and head off. Next thing I know I hear: “Pinche, literally “an assistant cook”, means nasty and is used where Americans would say fucking, shitty etc. That fucking asshole would be pinche cabron in Mexico”.

I look over and there are 2 middle-age women staring at me with their mouths wide-open. I rolled my window up pretty quick. On the plus side, I now know if someone lips me off I’ll have a good response.

I bought a new camera yesterday and after buying a spare battery, 2 memory cards and a carrying case I spent about $550 but I love my camera (it’s a Sony-HX5 for anyone who knows anything about cameras). Coincidentally the theme for NaBloPoMo for September is Art so in honour of the theme I’m going to learn how to use my new camera and TRY to post every day this month.

I wouldn’t call this art per say but here’s the first picture I’ve taken with my camera, my little crazy miniature husky (actually called a klee kai) and the big fluffy one (called a keeshond):


On top of all my preparations for travel, we’ve also been organizing my younger sisters wedding. Last Friday she married a real live French Count who is an engineer, a youth group leader and saves orphans in his spare time (I know, right?). They’ve been together for 7 1/2 years, and are perfect together but really, thanks a lot because now I have to find a Prince who is a doctor and builds orphanages in Peru while volunteering as a fireman.

Wish me luck

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