We have enjoyed many "winters" in Hildalgo County, Texas and in other parts of South Texas. The population of Hidalgo County is largely Hispanic, 88% according to demographic data.
I have a plate on the front of the vehicle which reads "VANILLA." Sometimes a citizen will notice the plate and say, "Va-nee-ya?" pronouncing it as a Spanish word. Touching my chest with my right hand I reply, "Yes, si. I am va-nee-ya." Always gets a smile.
Conversations with the younger people are not difficult for in most cases their English is as good as mine. But talking with the old-timers often consists of much hand-waving, "Ah, so." and so on, utilizing the half-dozen Spanish words I know and the half dozen English words he knows.
Fun times in Texas. Surely wish we were planning to be there again this coming winter;.
Word of the day: vanilla