We had a nice dinner out with some of the parents from the girls school.  One asked how my Spanish was coming along and I proudly told her this…

Everywhere I go the the Centro (city center), I am flagged down by merchants who want to sell me their wares and souvenirs.  They all have similar items for sale that are popular with tourists and they want to try to negotiate to get my business. I have become somewhat comprehendable to them by saying “Mi casa es in Merida.  Vivire aqui por dos anos.  Cuando mis amigos visita, yo regreso con ellos.” (“My house is in Merida.  I will live here for 2 years.  When my friends visit, I will return with them.”)

She responded, “You know you can just say NO to them , right?”