I stayed with a friend who was living in Barcelona just off the Ramblas. With the way the buildings are closely built, balconies make for ease of conversation across the way..if you understand it. My friend's neighbour across came out for her daily visit. As they gabbed along, I found myself feeling out of place. When she motioned to me, my friend said I was his friend from Canada and the inevitable "no habla espanol" was heard. She suddenly spoke a few words of French which immediately got my attention and I replied in French. Her and I were suddenly able to speak with one another and I found myself translating to my friend!
She spoke no English, my friend spoke no French and I spoke no Spanish yet somehow on this balcony 50 ft up from the bustle of the crowd, we managed to find a way to communicate with one another. Great memory.