On Poetry and Culture Shock


This is a perfect example of the attitude towards traffic regulations in the small towns of Southern Spain. It happened to me yesterday just as I tell it, I swear it’s true.

I ask a small group of old women for directions.

ME: Can you tell me the way to F Street?
Old Woman 1: You have to turn right, and then….
Me: (seeing the Must Turn Left sign): I can’t turn to the right.
Old Woman 1: But you have to, if you want to go to F Street!
Me: Have you seen the sign?
Old Woman 1: But everyone ignores that sign!
Old Woman 2 to Old Woman 1: Yeah, but she (meaning me) is new in town.

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