It’s day 80 – and lately I’ve been having recurring thoughts about losing alcohol experiences when I’m traveling.
My partner and I are planning some international travel for 2014 and we’re talking about exotic destinations. So many places and cultures have really unique drinks and drinking cultures and they’re so much fun to experience.
I’ve got fun memories of wine next by the Rhein, Sangria in Spain, Liquorice vodka in Scandinavia, vodka in Poland, beer in Germany, Guinness in Dublin, Campari on ice in Italy, Sake in Japan, Cider in New Zealand, Pina Colada made with fresh coconut cream in Samoa, a Singapore Sling in… well… Singapore.
Travel drinking is also tied to the excitement of catching up with friends and family – or meeting new people and sharing fun times.
As we plan our trip I’m remembering fun times and getting hung up on the experiences I won’t get to have in the future.
WAIT A SECOND – what a self-indulgent first world problem!
I’ve got the opportunity to travel across the world, to taste new things, meet different people, have zany experiences and do amazing things and I’m getting hung up on a type of liquid. Oh boo hoo – in a few months I might be kayaking past icebergs in Greenland or hiking on glaciers in 24 hour daylight but I won’t be able to warm myself up with a cup of potent Greenlandic ‘coffee’. Poor me, poor me…
Maybe I should just tell myself to shut up. Maybe I’ll have more spending money for the trip since I’m not sucking back copious quantities of cheap & nasty booze? Maybe there will be new types of experiences which I never had on previous trips – because I was too busy steering my travel companions into the nearest pub?
Time to get some perspective.
PS: And yes I’ve recently seen ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and I now want to go to Greenland.