Lost–But Not in Translation…

Yesterday evening, I had the most delightful (note: irony) experience of getting lost in a foreign city…Here’s how it went down…

Me and some other students were planning on hitting up a tapas bar (e.g. a quaint local establishment that serves an assortment of apertivos and drink)…I was going to go back to my casa to get some money, and I asked somebody (who shall remain anonymous) if they wanted to walk with me…They did, and I then decided to accompany them to their house so that they could get what they needed…

Alas, I neglected to also pick up my mapa when I got home, and my companion also neglected to pick up theirs, thinking that I had mine…Add the fact that neither of us had a phone with service in Spain, and we were in quite the pickle…

Thankfully, we managed to get back to La Plaza de España by asking some locals ¿Dónde está La Plaza de España? (odd isn’t it), and while we tried to find where the rest of our group was eating, we eventually gave up and went home, now that we knew our bearings…

Now, should you find yourself in a situation similar to mine, here’s some advice:

1) Be cool–If you don’t keep your wits about you, you won’t think clearly and probably get even more lost…

2) Ask locals for directions–Trust me–they know the city better than you do…

3) Keep your cool–I can’t emphasize this enough–panicking will only make you a conspicuous, potential target for sketchy people…And…

4) Stay with your group–Because really, you shouldn’t be traveling in a strange city by yourself at night…

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2 thoughts on “Lost–But Not in Translation…

  1. Lisa Barone says:

    A piece of advice. Always carry enough cash on you to take a taxi to your house in the event you get really lost. It gives you piece of mind and helps you stay calm. It won’t be long before you will be zipping around town, taking shortcuts to your favorite restaurants or meeting place, just like a native! !Diviértete!

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