Settling in San Cristobal de las Casas
First day of my month-long Spanish sabbatical brought with it a few realizations.
My rudimentary self-thought knowledge of the language is not that bad after all – I am capable of spending 3 hours conversing only in Spanish and understanding about 90% of what my tutors say. That was a pleasant surprise. I may actually be able to get to a solid intermediate level in a month.
I love to celebrate with food. This is something I have always known, but it was yet again confirmed when after our classes I took the gang to a soup place I have heard about. Actually, I grilled myÂ tutors for the best taco place in town, tried to get my folks to it and it turned out to be closed. ThenÂ we went to the soup joint.
They had arroz de ollita – chicken soup with rice.
I had tlalpeÃ±o – again chicken broth, chicken, chunky veggies, melted cheese. Comes with chipotle sauce.
Absolutely delicious with the condiments – avocado, fresh onions and cilantro, as well as the three types of marinated onions.
On the way home we stopped at the dairy shop that was recommended to me, where the kids enjoyed little packs of frozen vanilla yogurt.
The kids are absolutely loving the big garden we have available from our cottage. Chess is played on the porch and my eldest took some rather lovely pictures of the various flowers that decorate the space around us.
I have also realized that as much fun as it is to discover new places, to go out in blind search of things, it is also quite satisfying to know your way around town and to stop by at your favorite spots.
I am really looking forward to acquainting myself with San Cristobal even more in the coming month.
And dazzling it with my Spanish, of course ;)