We ordered wine with the waiter and she ordered a meal and he brought us the traditional cups they use to drink it there. Unfortunately the wine was unpalatable, it was a flabby, chalky, stemmy, peasant wine and so I had the pleasure of going back inside and asking the waiter to please bring us a bottle of good wine. "Mencia?" he asked. "Si" I said. He exchanged it no problemo and that's how I learned to ask for a proper bottle of wine. It's also when I realized that some things make the Spanish freak out and go on and on, and other things they are totally cool with. I also learned that to get a full glass of wine, instead of a flimsy one-third many servers pour, is to ask for vino tinto assi (pronounced: ah-see) and while you're saying it, make the motion of a fuller glass with your fingers. Then they only charge you 50 cents more and you have a full glass :) We learned that one early one and we were pretty proud of ourselves. Dee texted with Anna, who had now gotten word on a new apartment she would be moving into when she returned home! I realized I may not get to see her again. She hadn't bused since Najera and she was still several legs behind. "One never knows" I thought, because I really like Anna and I really wanted to see her again.
We found a darling hotel with the most magnificent view. Showers and comfy clothes on, 26 kilometers under our belts, we drank wine and talked and laughed and smoked like two college girls having so much fun. She's a Professor in Ireland at a University in the Information Technology Department specializing in Web Programs and Social Media. She told me she had heard of NetLingo when we met on the second day. She had another guy heading into town to possibly meet her in Santiago; I had told her about my dating sagas. There was loads to discuss!!
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better or happier."
- Mother Theresa