The thread on public banos started me thinking about various faux pas that we, as visitors, might have committed while in PV. Maybe if we share some of them with each other, we'll help one another to avoid doing the same things!
My hubby and I know only basic Spanish phrases. Our own faults, to be sure. (We keep *intending* to learn; we actually have several courses to complete at home -- it's just finding the time to actually DO them that's the problem!) Anyway, on our last trip we did one of the daytime snorkeling/booze cruises to Las Animas, not giving any thought to the fact that the predominant language spoken by *everyone* on the boat would be Spanish. There was a sort of "master of ceremonies" who advised the passengers via microphone/loudspeaker of everything that was taking place or going to take place - all in Spanish. Again, it was our own fault for not speaking the language, so please don't think I'm blaming the crew or any of the passengers for what transpired.
Apparently, the boat's announcer told everyone that the seats they were in were theirs for the duration of the trip. Everyone was to find the same seat they rode in on, when we left Las Animas in return to the marina. Since we didn't understand this, we sat in somebody else's seat on the return. The woman spoke to us in Spanish, and I understood the gist of what she was saying -- she was asking us to move. As it was a table for 4, and there were only 2 of us, I assumed she was asking if her family could sit there so they could all be together. No problem. We moved back a few seats to a table for 2. We hadn't been there long when a man and his wife approached us, again asking us to move. The man was a bit more forceful than the previous woman had been, and well, this time I was annoyed and at first just tried to ignore the couple. After all, these were OUR SEATS! (Ha! Or so I thought!) After several minutes in which I sat and seethed, all the while the man trying to clue my husband in that we were in THEIR seats, one of the crew members came over and in his best English, told us what we needed to know. "The captain already announced that you are to sit in the same seats you had originally." I'm pretty sure my face turned several different shades of red, as we slid sheepishly from the seats belonging to the other couple and found another spot to sit for the duration of the trip back to the marina.
So ... our PV faux pas was not knowing enough of the language to be able to follow captain's orders!
How about your "big mistake"? ;-)