A short story for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted as ever by Rochelle!



I’d booked a hotel in Spain; a dorm in Benidorm! 

El taxi dropped me at la vestíbulo. I dragged my suitcase inside – my vast collection of Speedo budgie smugglers is very heavy! 

“Allo senor, how’s you toosday?” asked the receptionist. I pointed out it was Wednesday, then asked which room I was in.

“You’s in la lobby”, he replied.

I rephrased the question then he started blabbering in Spanglo/Anglo. I was confused as a baby on a topless beach!

Eventually, he sent me to room one-hundred-and-thirty-seven. There were only one-hundred-and-twenty-seven rooms!

I dragged my suitcase back to la vestíbulo…. 


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I’m not sure what the building is, but it looked a little like an Eastern-style motel when I first saw it, so I moved it out to Spain and turned it into a hotel!

59 thoughts on “Olé!

  1. ben Alexander Apr 19, 2023 / 19:18

    I was confused as a baby on a topless beach!

    Hilarious! Well played, Sir!

    Much love,

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  2. Bear Apr 19, 2023 / 20:05

    The building looks to be part of the “Forbidden City” in China. You’d have to ask Mr. Stewart to confirm, though. Great story, Keith. I can imagine that the receptionist didn’t take to kindly to your humor about where you were. They seldom do. Too many tourists and all that. Have a great week!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2023 / 15:23

      If it is then I really should recognise it as I went there during my trip around China! There are 9999 rooms there so finding 137 could prove quite a challenge! As for tourists, I’d hate to deal with them for a job, I’d rather just be one!

      My Chinese Odessy!

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  3. msjadeli Apr 20, 2023 / 04:31

    I guess the lobby beats the street for the moment. Hope his luck improves mucho rapido.

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  4. MrBinks Apr 20, 2023 / 09:28

    I’m going to have Andrew Sachs’ Manuel voice in my head all day now!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sandra Apr 20, 2023 / 10:44

    We lived in Spain for some years, and I’m not sure which was more problematic, the English trying to speak Spanish or the Spanish trying to speak English. Either way, it was a hell of a ride…

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2023 / 16:46

      We lived in France for a while and had a similar problem. We relied on our primary school-age daughter who was almost fluent within a few months of moving there!


  6. rochellewisoff Apr 20, 2023 / 13:55

    Querido Keith,

    You made me laugh out loud with confused as a baby on a topless beach. Loved “Spanglo-Anglo”. There’s a lot to be said for communication. Not much for this poor shnook. Well done.




    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2023 / 17:29

      Hola Rochelle! That baby seems to be proving popular. Communication is key, especially when you’re asking for a key!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. The Sicilian Storyteller Apr 20, 2023 / 15:26

    In my neck of the woods we call it “Spanglish”. Doesn’t really matter what name you give it; this was one very funny piece.
    Baby on a topless beach, on my! 😳


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2023 / 12:17

      I studied Spanish at school but failed miserably. It was like talking in tongue-twisters!

      On my way, get them lined up!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Liz Young Apr 20, 2023 / 18:30

    My Spanish could cope with the situation, but even that wouldn’t conjure up another ten rooms!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. James McEwan Apr 20, 2023 / 20:10

    When you booked the holiday, they didn’t tell you that construction of the extra rooms would be completed tomorrow. At least you might find some comfort on the beach for a few days.
    You seemed to have arrived Basil Faulty’s cousin’s Hotel, good luck, and a day late.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2023 / 12:57

      They may have told me but in Spanish! The hotel was called Torres Defectuosas so you may have a point!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. susanrouchard Apr 21, 2023 / 08:55

    Thanks Keith, very entertaining….what if all the other rooms are empty and you’ve slipped into Shining ! Wishing you a sunny weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2023 / 13:09

      Perish the thought! Come to think of it, the receptionist’s name was Juanny!

      Blue sky and sunshine right now so we’re off to a good start!

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  11. poetisatinta Apr 21, 2023 / 11:09

    Haha 😆,well Keith ‘Qué – no hay habitación – qué desastre!’, PS don’t take so many 🐦budgie smugglers next time – that case weighed you down try a backpack 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. plaridel Apr 22, 2023 / 00:02

    after all that ordeal, hope he got a good night’s sleep that would leave him feeling refreshed.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. granonine Apr 24, 2023 / 14:49

    “As confused as a baby on a topless beach”—what a wonderful word picture 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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