QI (Quick Impression)

What’s armada with Spanish bureaucracy?

What’s armada with Spanish bureaucracy?

Archaeological evidence suggests that one of the reasons the great Spanish Armada did not inflict that much damage on the smaller British fleet in the famous battle of 1588 is that the Spanish ships were initially loaded with canon balls without regard to whether they fit the canons on that ship. The delay in having ... Read moreWhat’s armada with Spanish bureaucracy? ...
Our first impression of Japan

Our first impression of Japan

Jiab's first impression of Japan. ...
Puente (Bridge day)

Puente (Bridge day)

Today, Friday, November 2, is called a puente or “bridge day” in Spain. Basically, if you have a holiday (like All Saints Day) fall on a Thursday, many people take the Friday off, bridging into the weekend (the same goes for taking Monday off if a holiday falls on a Tuesday). Yeah, I know, Americans ... Read morePuente (Bridge day) ...
Dígame

Dígame

When Granadans answer the phone, they generally do not say “Hola,” but rather say “Dígame,” which means “Tell me” or “Talk to me.” Many consider that just another aspect of the infamous Granadan “get to the point” attitude of conversation, but more and more I want to invoke it to tap into the rich background ... Read moreDígame ...
Cabreado (ca-bre-a-do)

Cabreado (ca-bre-a-do)

At some point, the move, the sleep adjustment, the “Not quite what I meant but I don’t know how to say it,” all catches up with you. It’s like when my son, Ben, was a toddler and I could tell he was overwhelmed and would not be happy until we met his seeming demand that ... Read moreCabreado (ca-bre-a-do) ...