Traffic prison / Prisión de tráfico

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

IT’S A BIT LATE IN the day and I’m tired. So, all I’ll tell you today is that my visit to the Traffic Department (Tráfico) — which as you can see from today’s photo resembles a prison — was a success. It took a little time and effort, but I have my license. And, of course, there’s a story.

I made a day of it by stopping to visit Lolo (formerly of Meson Salvador) and his partner Lara, who recently opened their own charming café not far from where I was headed. So, I enjoyed coffee and a treat before-hand and then stopped on my way home for a late and delicious tapas lunch.

I’ll share photos and the absurd story in the coming days. All that matters is that I got loving from Lolo and Lara, and I have my temporary Spanish license. I was told the permanant one will arrive by mail within 6 weeks. (If we can believe that.)

For now, I’m surprised, happy, surprised, well fed, and surprised. And did I mention surprised?

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ES UN POCO TARDE EN el día y estoy cansado. Entonces, todo lo que les diré hoy es que mi visita al dirección general de tráfico — que, como puede ver en la foto de hoy, parece una prisión — fue un éxito. Me tomó un poco de tiempo y esfuerzo, pero tengo mi carnet. Y, por supuesto, hay una historia.

Aproveché el día deteniéndome para visitar a Lolo (originalmente de Meson Salvador) y su compañera Lara, quienes recientemente abrieron su propio café encantador no muy lejos de donde me dirigía. Entonces, disfruté de un café y una tarta y luego me detuve de camino a casa para un delicioso almuerzo de tapas.

Compartiré fotos y la historia absurda en los próximos días. Lo único que importa es que me amaron Lolo y Lara, y tengo mi licencia temporal de español. El permanente llegará por correo dentro de las 6 semanas. (Si podemos creer eso.)

Por ahora, estoy sorprendido, feliz, sorprendido, bien alimentado, y sorprendido. ¿Y mencioné sorprendido? Más sobre la foto: Había dos guardias detrás de la valla de tela metálica. Pero salieron de servicio después de que me fui.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

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27 thoughts on “Traffic prison / Prisión de tráfico”

    1. Mary:
      I LOVE your dog comparison. It absolutely does in this photo. Like a robot dog. I shared a more complete shot of the building today.

  1. I like Mary’s observation! Congratulations. Again. Just when you think you’ve done it, you haven’t! Surely this time it worked!

      1. Wilma:
        Perfect! But, does that mean it’s filled with condoms?

    1. Wilma:
      I agree. Mary’s observation was perfect. Check out today’s less dog-like view. I’m so relieved. By the time I got home yesterday I was so burnt out that I couldn’t even appreciate my success.

  2. The Traffic Dept building does look intimidating, but who cares, you have your Driver’s Licence! Congratulations!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      It’s actually modern, bright, and comfortable inside. The off-putting thing about the exterior is the chainlink fence and the guards (and, above that, what looks like a guard tower). Thanks for the congrats. I’m happy today. Was too tired to appreciate it yesterday.

  3. Well done! Perhaps the loving afterwards was the most important part. I think you’re right about my pain–sciatica. It sucks.

    Love,
    Janie

    1. Janie:
      So sorry about the pain. Everything you described sounded like what I’ve experienced at times. But the symptoms change. It’s bizarre. I haven’t been too bad lately (touch wood). I can even tie my shoes without yowling.

  4. Well….you did it!! Good for you…….you stuck with it!
    Sounds like a great ‘meet up’ you had.
    Nothing can beat a full stomach!

    1. Jim:
      I’ll share my time with Lola and Lara in tomorrow’s post. It made the day so much better.

    1. Debra:
      Yes! I feel great about today. By the end of yesterday I was so exhausted I couldn’t appreciate my success.

  5. OF COURSE there’s a story; we’d be so disappointed if there weren’t. Congratulations on your success.

    1. Chrissoup:
      I hope my story today didn’t go on too long. It’s done! Thanks!

  6. Goodness ! you finally finished the long road to traffic prison building and you now have your license.

    1. Judy C:
      The entire experience was a bit surreal. But I did it. SO happy and relieved today.

  7. Congratulations, happy 16th birthday all over again. The watchtower is a bit weird and wonderful. Perhaps they have been watching you from up there for the last month to make sure you are a safe driver?

    1. David:
      It was so much easier the first time around. I do wonder what the watch tower is for. I noticed on my way over that they start the Málaga City driving exam not far from there, alongside the fairgrounds.

    1. Steve:
      I have to admit I didn’t expect to come home with a license yesterday. What a relief!

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