And I don’t speak Portuguese beyond thank you and good morning.
So, I did my exit row briefing, and one lady sitting next to get husband didn’t understand. I even had added a “I need a verbal response”.
Their friends sharing the row with them kindly translated in Portuguese.
I apologized asking them to kindly move, explaining loud enough for others to hear that I need people who can speak English, because frankly, in an emergency, I’m not going to be speaking anything else. It’s just not going to happen. I drew some chuckles.
I got two more pax and while one of them understood me, the other clearly didn’t. I got another pax (who I knew was South African from his passport) sit down.
“Okay!” I said in loud mock exasperation, “Are you ready, willing, and able to help in an emergency situation if need be?”
His faux surprised response of “What?” had the cabin in stitches.
“Oh come on,” I waved him off laughing with everyone else. He gave me a proper response promptly after.
ENGLISH, DO YOU SPEAK IT??
In my little speech explaining why I need only English-speakers, I also mentioned how I understand how difficult it is to speak English as I have a TESOL certification.
BUT I still need people who can comprehend the verbal utterings from my mouth.
This is one of the pictures on the SD card.
I’d like to find the owner of the SD card.
And OMG the hotel is “in the middle of nowhere” for everyone else, but small dab in the middle of where my family lives.
Seriously, the hotel we (my immediate family) used to stay was a mile away.
I was able to buy my Mom her favorite chocolate bar (Aero) which is fantastic because I didn’t have enough money to buy anything of great significance monetarily-wise.
I got the first overnight while on home standby. We got in late and I had breakfast with two of my cousins. Yay!
I saw that I could get another overnight in Toronto but couldn’t proffer for it. Boo!
I got home standby and was going to be number 7 on the reserve list. I got called at 430am for the trip i wanted in the first place. Yay yay yay!!
I had a nice dinner with some other family members. Just, wow, my family as a whole are fantastic cooks.
So keep on the YYZ overnights please!!