Overheard in Antigua, Guatemala

A family of tourists overheard at one of the many stalls of Antigua’s large artisan market:

Man (holding a football/soccer jersey up) asking vendor, “Do you have a jersey from America?”
Vendor (referring to the Latin American football teams that are called ‘America’) replies in Spanish, “No, that one is not from America.”
Man, “Do you have from America?”
Woman (clarifying on behalf of her husband), “From the United States?”
Vendor, “Are you trying to ask how much it costs?”

I did not have time to stop and help translate, but I would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to remind this family that, particularly in this part of the world, ‘America’ is all of us – North, South & Central America. Interestingly enough, Guatemalans often refer to the U.S. as ‘Los Estados.’

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