Today’s language lessons involve home appliances. We are still hanging out at our friends’ apartment.
The chicas feel smug after Lisa finds youtube video for espresso contraption and Mary could make bar-coded espresso. The chicas also decode wi-fi, TV (including channel with endless episodes of The Mentalist), and remote-controlled air conditioning.
Time for dinner!
Lisa and Mary attempt to cook using the Ceran Cooktop.
Mary pushes too many buttons and the child safety feature locks the electric/induction side of the stove.
The child safety feature times out and Mary begins to madly push buttons again trying to stop numbers from flashing, only to receive a backwards 9 flashing which she interprets to mean “error” as in “you are an idiot if you can’t figure this out.”
Thirty minutes of searching on the internet revealed only cleaning instructions, special pots and pans to use. No manual. No youtube video. There are no cooktop words in Spanish, Catalan, or even German, on the cooktop; only flashing lights, triangles and numbers.
Fortunately, the solitary Ceran gas burner works like any self-lighting gas stove. Mary and Lisa now carefully plan for one-burner meals at home.
Time for laundry!
The chicas email Ana from Ana’s B&B for dryer instructions: empty water compartment and empty lint tray. Ana is our domesticity mentor.
We study front of washing machine and decipher semi-familiar words like algodon–cotton, sinteticos-synthetics, cetrifugado-spin, and fin-end. Less clear are phrases like eco plus intensivo. Water saving, yet intensive?
Left side of soap compartment has mysterious snowflake icon. Middle seems to have soap remnants in it, so Mary uses that one.
Put in laundry, push button, listen to very loud machine for a long time.
Remove clean laundry, put in dryer (water and lint dutifully removed), set time with dial, and listen to very loud machine.
Clothes clean and dry!
Note to enviromaniacs: we would have hung clothes outside to dry Spanish sunshine, but the clothesline appears to be in use for something more important: holding up a basketball hoop.
Note to shoppers: July 1-Aug 31 is one of two sanctioned sales seasons in Spain. Rebaixes or Rebajas in Catalan or Spanish–we are quickly becoming tri-lingual. A good time to purchase new clothes instead of washing old ones?
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