My French and German are OK, but my Spanish speaking skills are fairly poor, so I've been doing some brushing up. Food and drink words are some of the most essential to know - at least in my case, for I love food and drink. I can now ask with confidence for dulce de membrillo (quince jelly) - which is rather good with a spot of manchego cheese - and los mariscos (seafood), which is invariably excellent all over Spain (crustáceos = shellfish, langosta = lobster, langostinos = king prawns, pulpo = octopus, calamares = squid). However, it's likely that I won't be eating out all that much as I'm on a limited budget, and food isn't always available at pilgrim-friendly times (ie before 9 pm - at which time most knackered pilgrims are crawling into their sleeping bags). So thank goodness for the old staples, getting staler by the hour in one's backpack: chorizo, queso and una barra de pan.
Thanks to my Lonely Planet Audio Pack I now know how to say: 'No, I don't want a blood transfusion' (No quiero que me hagan una transfusión de sangre), 'Please use a new syringe' (Por favor, use una jeringa nueva), 'Are there any eco-lodges round here?' (Hay algún ecolodge por aquí?), 'Where can I buy a padlock?' (Donde puedo comprar un candado?) and 'I need a pregancy test' (Necesito una prueba de embarazo). So, you see, I'm ready for all eventualities.