Monday, May 19, 2014

No Soup For You!

Parrot at backpacker dive restaurant

When you've been to Central America 7 times you start to accumulate a few "experiences" shall we say.  Luckily we've never had anything happen that we couldn't laugh about later.  

Well, we had one of those experiences after our hike to the waterfall that I covered in my Dog Gone Tired post.  Remember that little dog gone tired dog at the end?  We were pretty tired as well.  And hungry.  We didn't pass any restaurants to speak of on the long 4 wheel drive extravaganza from our hotel to the trail head of San Ramon.  So it wasn't a hard choice to eat at the restaurant at the bottom of the volcano.  I mean, all we had to do was follow the dog, right?  

They didn't have a menu.  And their buffet looked rather suspect.  And they didn't understand a word we said.  We know it is high time we learned some Spanish.  Uff da.  (Norwegian)   

Finally, an employee came along that spoke English.  Saved!  We ordered a fish dinner and two Tonas.  

Me happily drinking my Tona.  Until....

Ahhhh.  We can finally relax and enjoy the view and drink a beer until our food arrives.  This is when I photographed dog gone tired dog.  We waited, and waited and waited.  Which isn't unusual in Central America.  They usually make everything from scratch.  So it takes a long time.  We then proceeded to wait some more.  Unfortunately, the only person that spoke English left a long time ago.  And to make matters worse another group of people came, ordered and sat down.  We started to smell fish.  Then we heard the grill sizzling.  Thank goodness we thought.  Until the cook whizzed right by us with the fish. And took it to the newcomers.  Restaurant fail!

We just paid for our beers and left with our tails between our legs.  The moral of the story is to learn Spanish one of these years.

So what would we find on the long road home?  Well, we just stopped at the first place that had gringos in it.  Was it even a restaurant you ask?  There were young backpacker types there.  It must be.  And it was in a (sort of) town.  It was indeed a restaurant.  At least there was a cook and a grill.  And backpackers.  The cook didn't speak English here either.  But there was a confidently loud Italian girl that sensed we were idiots.  She barked out an order for us. We added two more Tonas.   Even we can say "Dos Tonas.  Gracias"

Well, our huge $1.50 meal (including drinks) was delicious.  I'm not joking.  One dollar and 50 cents.  No wonder all the world's backpacking youth was eating there.  It was fun to overhear some of their adventures.  That just added to our adventure.  And when I say adventure in Central America I'm rarely exaggerating!




15 comments:

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Sounds like you and your husband are able to go with the flow, and I'm sure that makes traveling that much more fun!

Maggid said...

LOVE the bright bird photo -
AND - It's Happy making, knowing you adventure everywhere you wish - and get along just fine - however the situation presents itself.

Thanks!

TexWisGirl said...

that sounds like a good outcome after a lot of waiting and frustration. :)

love your header photo. :)

Roan said...

At least you finally got some food. Love the parrot!

DJan said...

That parrot has a very wise look in his eye. And I am so glad that you found the right place for your dinner, when you finally got it, at least. I enjoyed thinking of myself in your place. But I know enough Spanish to order a meal! :-)

Linda Hensley said...

Couldn't you draw a picture of a fish on a plate for the cook? :) If that doesn't work then I'm sure I'd starve. Gotta be the finest dandelion photo I've seen.

Caren Gittleman said...

perfect example of how sometimes we are led to the BEST choices through divine intervention!

Chris Rohrer said...

I'm glad meals are still a bargain in Costa Rica. Learn a few phrases and they will love that tried you Spanish. Doesn't have to be perfect but enough to make both parties laugh.....and get you your meal. My day job is Spanish teacher so I love birding in this area. I'm afraid to travel to other parts of the world because I don't speak the language....and I've been similarly overlooked in France and Cape Verde. So I stick with what is safe....Spanish and English. Language can be frustrating:)

bettyl-NZ said...

What a lovely bird!

Carole M. said...

....lovely parrot, shame about the non-event/dinner episode

Stewart M said...

I can hear my old and dog-eared backpack calling me!

Nice post

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Sharon I loved reading all about your adventures and mishaps. You are a girl after my own heart (when I was younger)although I would till give these adventures a bash nowadays if I had the opportunity. Love the Parrot guy at the top.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the adventure. We really tried to learn Spanish after our first trip to Mexico...so I could understand some, but never well enough to speak the next times we went.

Ida said...

What a memory you have of that journey. Loved the pretty parrot and the fact you finally got something to eat.

eileeninmd said...

I am sure you had a fun time on your trip. Love the parrot..I am just catching up after being away myself. Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy day!