“I need some salt,” I told the ladies behind the counter, “but I’m not sure what it’s called in Spanish.”
They both leaned in a bit closer to try to figure out the puzzle.
“It’s salt that you put in water so you can soak your feet,” I explained.
They looked baffled.
“I have an infection in my toe and I need to soak it. These salts – medical salts, maybe? You put them in hot water, then soak your foot in it and it draws the infection out.”
They looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. This was going nowhere fast.
“I wish I knew how to say it in Spanish!” I cried. “In English we say Epsom salts, but…”
“Epsom salts!” they cried. Grins spread across their faces. “We have Epsom salts!”