Spanish Friday: Estacionamiento Al Revés


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spanish friday, latina-ish, learning spanish Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Los salvadoreños les encanta estacionar al revés. Al principio no lo entendí. Hace todo más complicado. Por supuesto, ahorra tiempo cuando te vas, pero a veces causa mucho tráfico en los parqueos cuando todo el mundo está esperándote.Pero después de vivir aquí por ocho meses, estacionamiento al revés se ha convertido en un hábito para mí, así como otras costumbres salvadoreñas.parking backwards, backing in, estacionamiento al revés, salvadoran driving, driving in el salvadorEstacionamiento como una salvadoreña.Mi compañera me explicó que toda su vida siempre ha sido contada a estacionar al revés por razones de seguridad. Esto tiene sentido porque cuando salgas de un lugar, es recomiendo que te vayas lo más rapido que posible: No pases mucho tiempo buscando tus llaves o sentándote en el carro.Aquí en San Salvador, no hay mucho espacio para estacionar. La mayoría de los espacios en los parqueos son tan pequeños; a veces la única manera para estacionar es dar marcha atrás. Y mi oficina no es una excepción; he tenido que estacionar al revés.Empecé a practicar estacionar al revés en mi garaje — sin otros carros en cualquier lado. Poco a poco he mejorado, pero muchas veces no puedo hacerlo en uno intento; tengo que ajustar. Como el español, hay que practicar!Y tú, ¿puedes estacionar bien al revés? En paralelo?English TranslationSalvadorans love parking backwards. At first I didn’t understand it. It makes everything more complicated. Sure, it saves time when you leave, but sometimes it causes a lot of traffic in the parking lot when everyone is waiting for you.But after living here for eight months, parking backwards has become a habit for me, like other Salvadoran customs.Parking like a Salvadoran.My coworker told me that all her life she’s always been told to park backwards for safety reasons. This makes sense because when you leave a place, it’s recommended that you leave as fast as possible: Don’t spend a lot of time looking for your keys or sitting in your car.Here in San Salvador, there isn’t much space to park. The majority of spaces in parking lots are very small; sometimes the only way to park is to drive in reverse. And my office is no exception; I’ve had to park backwards.I started practicing parking backwards in my garage — without other cars on either side. Little by little I have improved, but a lot of times I can’t do it in one try; I have to adjust.And you, can you park backwards well? Parallel park?

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10 thoughts on “Spanish Friday: Estacionamiento Al Revés

  1. LOL – Great observation – I didn’t notice this in El Salvador so I’ll have to look for it next time.I park backwards when I know it’s going to be difficult to leave and I want to make it easier, (like when I go to an event at one of my sons’ schools. It’s a circus with everyone leaving at the same time, so I park backwards and get out quick LOL.)As for parallel parking – I suck at it and avoid downtown partly for that reason. If I have to parallel park, I look for a space which has at least one space open on either side, but I parallel park best when all three are open (one in front, the space I want, and the one in back) jajajaja 😉

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    1. I used to be terrible at parallel parking but after having a car and living in apartments without parking (in college and after), I had to learn! But I still get nervous and can’t perform under pressure, like if there are a lot of people waiting for me. And I always feel like when I have a passenger I am worse at parallel parking than when I’m alone!

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  2. I cannot park backwards to save my life. Of course, I’ve never practiced, but I’m always amazed by our neighbors, with whom we share a garage, who park like that all the time. What is amazing is the fact that the “driveway” is super narrow with walls on either side, evidenced by the scratches on our vehicle that, yes, I put there. Twice. Needless to say, hubs was not happy with me! As for my husband, sometimes I think he’s a better driver when he’s driving backwards! I’m envious of your new backward driving skills!

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    1. Haha. Well, I did scrape our car in the grocery store parking garage (driving forwards out of a parking spot). Honestly sometimes I feel like I do a better job parking straight when I park backwards than forwards.

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  3. I’m also jealous that you can park backwards. Especially your Rav 4! It’s not a huge car but its a big adjustment from a sedan. I will literally choose to park blocks away from where I’m going to avoid needing to park backwards or parallel park!

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    1. Well, I’m still learning. I can’t do it all the time! It’s hard to park forwards in the Rav 4 sometimes — I’m still not used to how much wider it is than a regular car.

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  4. Hola, just a few mistakes1- Los salvadoreños les encanta estacionar al revés. [A los ….. ]2- Pero después de vivir aquí por ocho meses,estacionamiento al revés se ha convertido… [ESTACIONAR al revés …. ]3- Mi compañera me explicó que toda su vida siempreha sido contada a estacionar al revés por razones de seguridad.[… SIEMPRE LE HAN DICHO QUE ESTACIONE al revés…]4- Esto tiene sentido porque cuandosalgas de un lugar, es recomiendo que te vayas lo más rapido que posible[.. cuando SALES de un lugar, es RECOMENDABLE, que te vayas lo más RÁPIDO POSIBLE]5- sin otros carros en cualquier lado. [mejor decir: “sin otros carros a los lados]6- pero muchas veces no puedo hacerlo en uno intento[… en UN intento

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      1. Me encanta leer tus pasajes en espanol! Hace muchos anos que no uso la lengua (fue mi concentracion a UVA), y es muy divertido a ver que todavia lo comprendo! Y no te preocupes, no reconoci los erores (y no se donde estan los acentos en este teclado, pues, tengo muchos tambien!) 🙂

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