I went to Spain/Andorra/Gibraltar in 2011. I was able to use allot of phrases in Spanish in both nations. Andorrans do speak Catalan but their language is very similar to Spanish.
In June 2013 i shopped at a local chemist in London and the guy said to me "Uno" so i said "muchas gracias" The pharmacist as:"are your a Latino?" and i told him: "No i learnt some spanish off Sesame street.
Where i have been in the world, i am still yet to visit Central & South America. Hell they will be allot better than visiting Imperialist America.
So i have started to learn Spanish in the hope that its sticks with me just like the Spanish and french phrases have stuck to me in the last 20 years.
I've been re watching sesame street, listening to Linda Ronstadt Latino Albums, listening to Testaments Espanol version of "True American blood", Played some Brujeria that means witchcraft in spanish and LOS LOBOS means The Wolves.
Someday i might be a citizen of Latin America. Its 5 years of PR for Uruguay (3 if you marry a citizen), 2 years of PR for Argentina, You might be able to throw $4000 around in Paraguay to get a passport but to become a citizen you got to know spanish.
Yes i will stay true to my roots of England in my blood but YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE and if theres one thing im going to achieve its to become a citizen of a country i never had any ties to.
I could become a citizen of New Zealand (because of my mothers large Irish Catholic Family). But I just cant be stuffed because: their passports only last for 5 years, I have better ties to the UK with my Dads family,I love the whole EU/UK freedom of movement.
Besides i ain't going to visit New Zealand again as id rather put my pounds in other peoples pockets in the 3rd world