Hello, Hello, Hello (December Reflections 17)

Today’s December Reflections prompt: I said Hello To is giving me some problems. I have no idea what to write about.

There have been no big new Hellos in my life in 2019 – they all happened last year and I could have rabbited on for hours on this topic just 12 months ago,

True enough, we travel a great deal and we meet a great many people. I have said Hello and Good Morning in several different languages this year: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Perhaps that is interesting enough in itself!

I must confess that some mornings when I head for the shower I actually struggle to recall which country I am in and what greeting to offer to the other bleary-eyed campers that I meet en route to the sanitaires. I quite liked Germany, where a grunted “Morgen!” sounds sufficiently like my own cursory Yorkshire version of “Morning” that I could get away with things. Here on the Iberian Peninsula things can be more tricky due to the simultaneously similar-but-different Portuguese and Spanish salutations.

Yes, I become tongue-tied.

Happily, the camping community largely settles for a cheery “Hello” whatever country the greeter hails from. I am repeatedly reminded of my privileged position as one who has grown up as a native English speaker. I do like to put in some effort though – just ask me after I have had my morning coffee and I will try to do better!

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

Apparently Aragon has locked down travel today. Seems we made the correct decision in getting back to France quickly. Yesterday was tough but we seem to be moving on again without resting. The Aire was not very lovely and the noise incessant. Half Term effect is in full throttle. As well as children being alarming,… Continue reading October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

October 26, 2020 at 02:35PM

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