¨How can that be?¨ I asked. ¨I bought the amount you said you needed.¨
¨Yes but we thought you were getting bigger tiles. These tiles are chico,¨ they replied.
¨But you told me to get 8 square meters and I did. It doesn´t matter how big or small the tiles are, they still should cover 8 square meters.¨
¨No, senora,¨ they explained patiently. ¨When the tiles are smaller you need more and they get used up quicker.¨
My beautiful chico tiles
¨Um, okay, ¨I said, scratching my head like Curly of the Three Stooges, ¨then I guess we need some more tile.¨
We decided not to go the square meter route this time and count instead. Cinco cajas - five boxes - they told me.
It necessitated a three-hour round-trip drive to the tile factory, where I showed them the sample and ordered six boxes to be on the safe side. They loaded them into the car for me. When I got home, I discovered they were the wrong color.
So it´s back to Delores Hidalgo again tomorrow for me. At least it´s a nice drive.
Out of the car window on the road to Delores Hidalgo