Culture Shock Chronicles

Journal Entry #26 – Little victories are what I live for. Being handicapped by a language barrier creates many limits. But, every time I complete a small transaction or carry on a conversation with a stranger, it becomes a little “victory” for me. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and that I am making headway. The other day, I was so happy to have completed a transaction to have a mailbox made for my front gate. I explained what I wanted, negotiated the price, chatted about the weather for a minute, then said “Gracias.” The little man looked at me afterward with a puzzled look and said, (in Spanish) “Are you a North American?” I still can’t figure out what gave me away.

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