Eating my way through Spain and other magical places
Posted by LizzyBeth
Melissa agreed, rather sheepishly.
We sure tried, though.
There was not one meal or item of food that was not delicious from start to finish. Half of the adventure was actually not knowing what we were eating. It was a guessing game as we stared at the menus in Spanish and tried to remember what little Spanish we did or didn’t know.
Fortunately, there were some places that had an English translation below. But, as we soon found out, the translations were a little off. Prawns and wild garlic, were really prawns with wild mushrooms. Though, I cannot complain; the dish was fabulous.
And sometimes there was no English translation at all. “Salchichon are salchinchon.” Our waiter at one restaurant patiently said over and over. Melissa and I stared helplessly at the waiter and gave each other quizzical glances. Was there a way we could communicate to explain that salchichon meant nothing to either of us? I fumbled with my travel guide book. Finally someone from another table heard us laughing and pointing at the menu and the waiter trying desperately to understand. He told us salchinchons are sausages. Sausages we understood and sausages are good. So we ordered salchinchons much to the relief of our waiter.
But the food was not everything…it was partially the destinations and ambiance of the places that made the experience even better. Some times it was just a cafe in a plaza that caught our eye as a good place to eat.
Other times it was just a little shop that for some reason looks too inviting not to enter.
Sometimes the restaurant is down an ally and up a hill and were almost little holes in the wall…
And some places the views were just too stunning for words…
And then there were places that were just comfy and inviting. Sitting outside in a pleasant plaza watching the world go by while enjoying the pleasures of life: chocolate, sunshine, and good company…
There is magic in places like this. The imagination doesn’t have to work so hard. The atmosphere and the inhabitants of these places make for great world building. These places can easily become haunts for characters in a story. Their ambiance and flavor come to life through the pen, now that I have experienced them. I have a taste of what makes a good pub great, a cozy cafe comforting, a noisy restaurant sociable, and a sweet little pasteleria so delectable.
You never know…something magical may actually happen…
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on May 18, 2012, in Characters, Fantasy, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder, Travel, World Creation and tagged chocolate, food, Melissa Rogers, Spain, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.