Monday, February 25, 2008

What does Gringo mean?

So everyone here calls me gringo now. I am not sure if that is derogatory or not.
Today we raced 170k to a little beach village called Barahona. We had our first taste of climbing today and our first taste of riding in the desert. It was very hot and miserable.
Alex Hagman was a stud today and got off the front with 100k to go. That move stuck and he ended up 5th on the day. I made the front split on the climb and ended up finishing in that group which was about 5 minutes down on the front. We dont have the results yet but things got mixed up a bit today. It is sweet that alex made that group because he is a true climber and the mountains are coming.
So far this has been an awesome experience and i have been trying to take it all in.
Tonight we are staying at an awesome hotel right on the beach so i have to go swimming now...
I have been posting these with my phone so i apologize for typos and such as i cannot edit them.

5 comments:

The Gringo said...

I really wouldn't worry about it. I am right next door to you in Puerto Rico. My nickname is Gringo!
http://www.gringostravels.com/puerto-rico/language/being-a-gringo-isnt-bad.html

Rowbear said...

isn't it just like a latin/spanish word for yankee?

The Gringo said...

Well, depends on where you are from. In Mexico, it is usually used as being derogatory word for American. Kind of like honky = white person.
Most of the Caribbean islands though just use it as meaning American.

Ben said...

Mark, we've been traveling is South America for almost 2 years, I've been called gringo more times than I can count. Generally, they use it with any white foreigner, regardless of actual nationality. As for being derogatory, sometimes yes sometimes no, trust your ear. If you want to throw something back, call them a "Cholo" (works in Peru at least).
So cool that you're racing internationally, hope the good times continue!
Ben
BTW: What part of Argentina is Claudio from?

VictoriaGlyn said...

if it's those daggum cubans calling you that then just call them guzonja back.....