1011. Travel


We have a fairly healthy bank balance, which means we can travel as a couple overseas on a fairly regular basis. It is so enriching to experience other cultures around the world.

We always stay with the Aloha Hotel chain. They are in thirty seven countries, which is more than enough to satisfy our desire for travel. The hotels are always comfortable with rooms that almost always have splendid views. Every hotel has a spa and luxurious swimming pools. The food in the hotel restaurants cannot be faulted, and they certainly know how to mix their drinks.

Last year, when we were in San Antonio, I thought I would test their skills by asking for a Blue Margarita. They didn’t blink an eye. A Blue Margarita arrived within seconds complete with a slice of lemon shaped like a cowboy hat!

In Thailand I asked for a Mimosa. Again, without as much as a pause, the waiter (those Asian waiters can be so disarming) arrived with a Mimosa cocktail but with a sprig of lemongrass rather than the zest of a real lemon. Such a nice ethnic touch!

In Germany, Bavaria to be more exact, everyone was drinking beer out of some sort of Toby mugs, but I ordered a Flirtini. It arrived in a flash, complete with vodka, apricot liqueur, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and champagne. Instead of the customary strawberry however, there was a little yellow berry of some sort which apparently is native to the region.

As I say, it is so enriching to travel and to experience the difference of each country and culture. And there is always, with the Aloha Hotel Chain, the advantage of never having to leave the hotel.

19 thoughts on “1011. Travel

  1. exiledprospero

    I love traveling to the Montego Bay area and learning about Jamaican culture. And I feel so safe there. I know there’s always talk of the locals robbing you, but was never bothered by this in the compound.

  2. Cynthia Jobin

    But we do go out of the hotel a bit to take photos. (Our friends back home would be so disappointed if we didn’t have a pile of photos of our vacation to show them.) We used to have to ask passers-by to take the photos, but now, with the selfie-stick we can get tons of pictures of ourselves in front of monuments, castles, fountains, the ocean, weird trees, whatever.
    Travel is so broadening….

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Agreed. I used to write on the backs of the photos what country the photo was taken in, but these days with the digital I put them on Facebook . The world has grown so small that it doesn’t matter what country you’re in. My friends get so jealous that I’ve been to Yugoslavia where I saw the Taj Mahal.

  3. Yvonne

    I think I’ve met you in the Aloha Hotel in Venice. You were eating a hamburger with catsup, I was drinking a KIng-size diet Coke. Do you remember me?

  4. umashankar

    You have adroitly mocked and sketched a lifestyle symbolised and represented by chain hotels that are not unlike the Matrix. The padlocks at the dark chambers are one’s reluctance, disinclination and illusions of stepping out of the zone of familiarity all at the same time.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Oh the terror of encountering something different! This is where you (Umashankar) have a remarkable ability to transcend cultures and it’s something of which I am in awe! You seem to be able to move here there and everywhere…


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