When we were walking back to the car from the farmacia, a lorry driver stopped us to ask directions. We explained we were English and asked him to speak slower. The driver then excused himself and went off to find someone else to ask. The point was he thought we were Spanish and would understand him.
Of course it would have been even more rewarding if we had understood all that he said but that will come.
Speaking of the farmacia - Juan invited us to go down to his shop on the 22nd when he will be giving us a present. Actually a lot of the shops and businesses will be giving small gifts during the week before Christmas. It may be a promotional product or in the case of the Garden Centres a poinsettia. Most will have bottles of alcoholic drinks and small cups to provide a drop of Christmas cheer. It is a nice gesture to thank you for your business during the year.