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You're Not From Around Here

Writing in the local paperLocal issues with a global take. I never translate literally and the editor trims at will to make it fit. Here's my version, then theirs. (This time, markedly different endings.)
“Usted obviamente no eres de aquí,” (You're obviously not from around here) and while my linguistic pride may have been mortally injured, the policeman on the telephone was right, I’m not. He was right in noticing that my Spanish has inexplicably worsened this year. He went on, “Como todo los años, hay aglomeraciones en Santa Maria y es normal que no se puede pasar con su coche porque todo el mundo quiere ir al besamano.” (Like every year, there are large crowds of people in Santa Maria square and it's normal that you can't drive your car through there because everyone wants to go and kiss a virgen) But that wasn’t my question. What I was asking the policeman on the phone was why had there not been any notice posted about the road being cut in Santa Clara, the entran…