Most of my recent travel has focused on wine in some way, but for the past two weeks, I’ve been in Thailand, land of delicious curry, tropical fruit, and basically no decent wine that isn’t wildly overpriced compared to anything else you might order. It was fucking glorious. I drank cheap beer, as many sodas and drinks as I could find that aren’t available in the US (Schweppes, why are you hiding the lime soda from Americans? It’s SO GOOD. BASTARDS.), and that was about it. I tried one glass of wine at a little stand in a night market in Chiant Mai, and it was oxidized and didn’t even taste like Sauvignon Blanc. The chalkboard menu said it was from South Africa, and I think it was watery, overcropped Chenin Blanc and not Sauvignon Blanc. After that I decided to stick to Chang, Thaliand’s most popular beer that tastes…fine. It tastes fine. Bland, mass-market beer, as it turns out, is a great backdrop to curry and fried food.
Usually when I travel I feel this huge pressure to do it ‘right,’ and see all the right things and try everything, and is this too touristy? Or am I missing something important by not wanting to do too many touristy things? GAH. This time I decided to chill tf out on all that and I cannot recommend it enough. Screw up your vacation. Don’t see everything. You’ll enjoy the things you do see so much more. Sleep in with your significant other on lovely white hotel sheets. Don’t analytically taste anything. Come back ready to deal.