On my first day in Popayan I decided to have a nice, sit down lunch at a local restaurant. The food here is quite cheap, so the prepared menu of the day lunch is only 3500 Pesos/$2.
I asked what the menu of the day was. I didn’t understand one or two items she said, so I asked what those dishes were. She explained, but I still didn’t understand.
In the end, I’m pretty easy going with what I eat on the trip as long as there is no dairy. When I stop traveling I’ll become a vegetarian. Until then, essentially being a vegan on the trip would be quite tough since I’m often not able to cook for myself.
Well, I asked if there was any “queso” (cheese) in the menu of the day. She didn’t understand. I repeated myself several times. She kept on hearing “cuero” or leather.
I should note that I got up at 3am on this morning to travel from Cali to Popayan. I was tired and a tired Adam = a sarcastic and impatient Adam.
Nevertheless, I stayed patient and decided to do something funny out of frustration that would definitely fix the problem. I said “No! Queso!” and then I grabbed my boobs, squeezed them a few times as if I were milking myself, and made a milking sound while saying “vaca”, Spanish for cow.
I guess that sounds gross, but I can promise you that they understood 100% I was referring to milk and that the word they were misunderstanding through my gringo accent was queso.
We all laughed our heads off for the next 30-60 seconds. They couldn’t believe I just did that, and I couldn’t believe how funny they found it!
And no, there was no cheese in any of the components of the menu of the day. To the left is my lactose-free $2 lunch. I can only imagine these stories will increase once I get to Asia and I don’t speak the local language at all… 🙂
In the end, I patronized them several times for breakfast and lunch. We took this picture and they were so surprised and flattered. They laughed the whole time and after I left I could hear them screaming with laughter after the gringo asked for a picture. It was the highlight of my day 🙂