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I didn’t know it would be so hard to buy milk products in Spain. The milk comes from Austria in non-refrigerated cartons with a pull tab at the top. That is interesting. We can do without milk, but cream is another thing. Understand, this is a huge market–no staff we could find can speak English and, in this instance, pointing does not work, so we laboriously went down the aisles looking for cream, not once, but three times–no cream. Back to the apartment to figure out the right words to say. Once back in the store, I find a friendly stocker and say ,”Crema.” He speaks to me in many Spanish words and I say, “English,” and he responds, “No.” I say, “Crema por cafe,” as I made a drinking gesture. He smiled and signaled for me to follow. I did, and he took me to the liquor area of the store to the coffee liqueur. Yes, it is a coffee with cream. Wanting to be polite, I said, “Gracias,” picked up a bottle and went on. I’ll tell you, it is the best cream I’ve ever drank.

By the way, Kathy found real cream amongst the yogurt. Four dairy cases of yogurt, one, yes one small carton of whipping cream. I told her, she has to drink her cream and I’ll drink mine. WEG



  1. Debbie Linfield says:

    hahaha…. best cream huh? Love following your journey.

  2. Tanya Grona says:

    What a great story! This just made my day!

  3. pmintari says:

    My favorite post so far! Gave me an actual LOL moment after a long all-staff meeting!

  4. Craig says:

    Were you nipping before your post? “”I’ve ever drank.” Cheers!!

  5. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    Remember we ran into the same problem in Barcelona. we could always go to the hotel and get help with the spanish to english translation. Now you have the computer. this is the term that helped me Poco de español.. this says that I only know a little spanish. They don’t know how little or how much. Good luck and since you are going to be there for a month, it will get better…The computer translation will become your best friend.

    We are just loving your post.

  6. Delores says:

    Just love your posts, what a terrific day brightener. Keep having a super time and keep sharing them with us.

  7. Lisa McShan Krakosky says:

    I feel somewhat stalker-ish following your adventurous blog…but I find that I can’t help myself…I have to see what new and exciting things you’re seeing/doing! So glad to see that you’re having such an amazing time; however, I’m feeling as though you two might need a chaperone to keep you on the straight and narrow! I’m on my way!

    • wgraumann says:

      Thanks for following the blog Lisa. It makes it worth writing it! We are open to having a chaperone–I don’t need it, but Kathy does–she keeps trying to steal my cream drink.

  8. Janet Graumann says:

    Love it!!! I”ll drink with you, Wayne.

  9. Jr & Ola Mae says:

    Jr. is having more fun as we read your post. We laughed so hard about the cream!!! So glad you & Kathy are having such a good time.

  10. Jr & Ola Mae says:

    Jr & I laughed so hard when we read this. So glad you & Kathy are having a wonderful time.

    • wgraumann says:

      Thanks friends. Ask Jr what I am supposed to do to fry fish when I cannot find corn meal? We do have a deep fryer in our kitchen.

      • Jr & Ola Mae says:

        Jr said you might could find cracker crumbs or crush some crackers & try that. He also said you could roll the fish in olive oil with a litle seasoning & grill it. We loved the candle story!!

  11. redhot61 says:

    LOL is right. Now that’s what I call a vacation drink! Cheers.

  12. Marilyn DeWulf says:

    May I suggest you say…. “Crema para cafe” which should get you what you want. I must tell you that coffee in Spanish countries is usually drunk with milk not cream. You may have to learn to drink it this way. Milk in a carton is also available in the USA. I would say “try it” you may just be surprised. Another thing… the more you try to speak the language, the more helpful the native population is.

    Al, you say… Hablo poco español (I speak little Spanish)… which is the proper response. The translator is not correct and you may end up saying something inappropriate. Just learn and enjoy. Native populations LOVE to help those who try to speak the language. I lived inWest Germany for 2.5 years and I had a wonderful group of women who taught me ‘baby’ German.

    Enjoy and if you need help…. tap into my Spanish data bank. lol Love you guys!!!! :o)

  13. Nancy McCollum says:

    I definitely think I would prefer your cream!! By the way, Harold says to be sure and get a haircut while you are there. He has heard great things about the barber of Seville!!

  14. Lorna Weible says:

    I am loving these posts! Between this one and the video of the bathroom i have laughed myself sick!! I can’t wait for the next adventure.

    Love you guys!

      • Melisa Standly says:

        I read your blog to Randy this morning as we were drinking coffee and when I got to the part about “your” cream…I thought he would spit his coffee completely across the room with laughter….we are so enjoying your blog….what a great time you must be having.

        Now, maybe, Randy will listen to me when I plead to go to Seville again!!

      • wgraumann says:

        It is a wonderful city. Looks like you did not put any of my cream into his coffee or he would not be spitting it out.

  15. Nora Maloy says:

    Don’t know Spanish? There’s an APP for that….Spanish Lite

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