Day 27: Oaxaca, MexicoPreviously on Baconismagic.ca…I was alone in Oaxaca and decided that a sure way to meet other travelers would be to take Spanish lessons.
I arrived early Monday morning to enrol in school and take the placement test, which was pretty easy as I know nothing. In a matter of minutes I was taken upstairs to my new classroom. Silvia, my new teacher, tells me that I’m lucky as I’m the only one in the class.
She assesses my skill level by asking a series of questions. I share that I’m traveling alone and also the only one in my hostel. A kind soul, during the break she introduces me to Whatsherface.
Her name isn’t important but the story is.
I sit down to talk to Whatsherface and find out that she’s from North Carolina but has lived in Washington, DC for the last 5 years. She’s been studying Spanish for four weeks at the school, which I find odd because she’s not sitting with any students from the other levels.
I start to ask a few more questions and she tells me that she purposely came to Oaxaca during the low season because she doesn’t want to talk to any other travelers.
She admits she doesn’t socialize with any other students either.
She knows they think she’s snobby and she’s okay with that. In my head I was contemplating correcting her that they all probably thought she was a biatch. Alas, I didn’t have the time as she explains that she also doesn’t want to speak English.
With that she gets up from the table and walks away.
Baffled, I have the last laugh as I was ironically able to tell Silvia in Spanish that she wasn’t very friendly or nice. I have yet to learn the Spanish word for biatch. Mexico certainly has its characters.
Note: This is an actual photo of Whatsherface, she’s so involved with her iPhone and being unfriendly that she didn’t even look up when I sat at the table across from her and pointed my camera in her direction.