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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Barbados:The rum drinker's promised land

When I saw that headline,I had to say oh no...not again...here it is

Taiwan News Warm hearted smiles welcome me as I stride into the John Moore bar, the oldest rum shop in Barbados. I've been in the Caribbean for only a few days, but I feel as though I belong when I order a "Black and Coke," which is the native slang for Extra Old rum served with Coca Cola.
Embarrassingly, my cover is blown when I use a large bill to pay for my drink, which costs less than half as much as the cocktails at the beach resort where I am staying. After obviously outing myself as a naive tourist, I take my drink to an outdoor table and exchange small talk with an old man whose charming grin and musical lilt in his voice overcome the fact that he is missing a few teeth. Soon, I am conversing with a group of islanders as the sun begins to set. A hint of ocean salt lingers in the evening breeze.

1 comment:

RusS. said...

You may also have realised that when you order a "rum and coke" in a rumshop, you will get a bottle of rum, a bottle of coke and a bowl of ice. It's actually very economical!