Archive for June 10th, 2011

10th June
written by amber

Grocery List – San Miguel de Allende

milk – leche (lay chay)

chicken – pollo (poi-yo)

onions – cebollas (seboyas)

carrots – zanahorias (?)

cheese – queso (Oaxaxa?) wahaca

Butcher shop on Calle Calvaro cleaner than most

Go to hardware (ferretaria) on Hurillo Nunez for 3 to 2 prong ext cord

Pharmacy (farmacia) on Jardin (hardeen) for P. Bismol

When home, look up translations for –

500 and 50, put ext cord back on new list, ‘can I have a bag, please?’

And – ‘why are there police in that street?’ and ‘Were those noises gunshots?’

‘Does this street go to the Three Arches?’ tres arcos

‘Does this street go north?’

‘Does your dog bite?’

‘I am afraid of dogs.’

‘Where does this street go?’

‘Is there a store nearby?’

‘Do you sell Coca Cola?’

‘Can I buy a drink? Any drink.’

‘Why the hell are you sitting behind that counter if you aren’t selling anything?’ – (no, don’t translate this. Hopefully, I won’t need it again.)

‘Where can I get a taxi?’

‘Sorry, I didn’t know this bench was private.’

‘Is there someplace I can sit?’

‘I am very tired.’

‘I am very thirsty.’

‘I am very hot.’

‘I am lost.’

‘Help me.’


The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012.  Stories must be a minimum of 200 words.  Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

Thank you to my aunt, Peggy Shannon, who inspired this with her own cryptic list written in a foreign country.