a wandering woman writes

Friday, May 05, 2006

The other side of the Tormes

I've been cruelly wrenched from the post office workers I've grown so fond of, at the central post office on the Gran Vía. Between my mother and Amazon, we've spent quit a bit of time together.

But Saturday, after turning the office upside down without uncovering a single package labelled "Corcoran", my trustiest Correos pal checked the computer, then gently broke the news.

My package had been sent to the new Post Office branch in San José, a neighborhood I've never even visited.

A neighborhood across the river.


I grumbled, but the Correos men on the other side of the Tormes were just as talkative, and, in the end, crossing that bridge I never cross gave me a lovely view back home.

Question, Spaniards: I could swear he said "por algún arroz" when he told me the package was in San José. "Por algún arroz, lo han llevado allí."
¿Se dice? ¡¿Por algún arroz?!
It's just that I love it, but I've never heard it. Maybe I'm losing my ears.



  • Could he have said "por alguna razón" really fast, so fast that some of the sounds get dropped or blend with each other?

    By Anonymous Pato, at 4:32 PM  

  • or, algún error?

    (no, I'm not Spanish, but I've certainly never heard that use of arroz!)

    By Blogger expatmama, at 10:20 PM  

  • I am from Salamanca and I have never heard that in my life.

    By Anonymous salmantino, at 11:44 PM  

  • I agree with expatmama, he probably said 'por algún error se ...envió? or similar

    By Blogger Radio Maria, at 11:39 PM  

  • It's settled, by the way. He likely said por alguna razon, badly, since I chat with him all the time and never have had trouble understanding him. My overactive imagination, tuned to learn all the colloquial expressions I can, did the rest.

    Good thing I asked, huh?

    Although I kind of like it. Who dares me to try to spread por algun arroz around?

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 11:00 PM  

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