A Yankee In Menorca
Lana's plan never included living on a tiny Mediterranean island, speaking Spanish, struggling with Catalan, running an archeology field school or becoming "the hedgehog saving woman of the island." A Yankee in Menorca is a humorous book of experiences ranging from funny to bizarre that only a newcomer thrown headfirst into a vastly different culture could have. Lana quickly learns that every single day on this Spanish island is a voyage into unknown territories, whether it is battling with her Spanish husband about what is acceptable as a first course vs. second course for dinner, or making a one letter mistake and asking for penis instead of chicken at the butcher shop. She never imagined that her work day would often start late due to tractors, pigs and sheep in the road, or end with archeology students proudly showing her two-thousand-year-old Roman skulls. By patient determinism, Lana proves to the locals that she is there to stay and soon finds herself invited to hunt wild asparagus, snails and mushrooms. The idea of a "normal day" completely evaporates from her reality and she learnes to embrace each day with a mixture of anxiety and anticipation. A Yankee in Menorca explains how she struggles to fit in and by doing so, comes to love this strange and beautiful island she now calls home.
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