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?
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.
27 thoughts on “Traffic prison / Prisión de tráfico”
BTW – I think the place looks like a squared dog wearing a square cap.
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.
Woohoo! Most happy for you!
Thanks! I’m surprised the trip was a success.
I like Mary’s observation! Congratulations. Again. Just when you think you’ve done it, you haven’t! Surely this time it worked!
Or maybe a Trojan Dog?
Perfect! But, does that mean it’s filled with condoms?
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.
The Traffic Dept building does look intimidating, but who cares, you have your Driver’s Licence! Congratulations!
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.
Well done! Perhaps the loving afterwards was the most important part. I think you’re right about my pain–sciatica. It sucks.
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.
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!
I’ll share my time with Lola and Lara in tomorrow’s post. It made the day so much better.
Huzzah! You’re legit and can prove it now!
Yes! I feel great about today. By the end of yesterday I was so exhausted I couldn’t appreciate my success.
OF COURSE there’s a story; we’d be so disappointed if there weren’t. Congratulations on your success.
I hope my story today didn’t go on too long. It’s done! Thanks!
Goodness ! you finally finished the long road to traffic prison building and you now have your license.
And now I have three months of parole!
Oh, that’s great news! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to hear the story 😊
The entire experience was a bit surreal. But I did it. SO happy and relieved today.
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?
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.
Well, thank goodness you got it. Wrestling with bureaucracy is never fun and always risky!
I have to admit I didn’t expect to come home with a license yesterday. What a relief!
So glad you finally got your license, and had a lovely day as well.