Woooow! So crazy.
From such a low yesterday to such a significantly better day today. I got stuck into prep Dara but who speaks English and lived in London (worked at Hibiscus and Bao). I did a million different prep things and tried loads of different foods – including crunchy flying ants (chicitanas) which were delicious!
I turned up thirty minutes early for my 6am shift so I’ve been standing from 5.30am to 9pm. I literally took 3 pee breaks and … wow! We ended up turning an entire pig (bar one center cut of loin which was saved for Chef) into chorizo. We had to chop it by hand to a fine mince. Two of the people working with me ended up with sores on their fingers from the hours of chopping. It was one of those situations where we were all so exhausted / hungry / thirsty that we ended in big laughing fits over chopped meat and maths questions (trying to weigh the meat at the end!).
We had the most delicious meal at the end of it all (our staff meal from 5pm that was saved for us) – the Spanish guy, Alan, who is on staff meal duty this week, made us a chicken stew with almonds and saffron with some other little bits too! Wow! It tasted so good. And then we had a Spanish version of a vichyssoise. I genuinely thought I might faint from hunger 5 minutes previously, so this meal tasted like heaven.
In other good news – I can understand about twice as much Spanish today as I could yesterday. I’m getting the lingo and the rhythm that they all speak… although I can never seem to understand when someone actually asks me a question. Especially the other apprentice – who is from Pubela … and I can’t understand a damn word that he says.
Anyway, nighty night! Signing off…
Lessons fo the day:
Bad spanish words are fun – and funny to google
Oh and we got to sing happy birthday to two of the guys – the happy birthday song is different in Mexico 🤯 (I just clapped along and smiled like a happy idiot)