Archive - November 2012

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Rum Tours: Getting to the Heart of Jamaica’s Rum Trade
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My First Fondue in Zurich, Switzerland
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How I got my Schengen Visa?

Rum Tours: Getting to the Heart of Jamaica’s Rum Trade

In terms of national identity, rum is to Jamaica what whisky is to Scotland. For anyone going on a Jamaican holiday, getting into the spirit of this beverage is a sure-fire way to tap into the heart of this island’s culture – and chill out in true Bob Marley style.

Rum is produced from fermented molasses – a sweet by-product of sugarcane – and its story is on show in the fields enclosed by the rolling rain-forested hills of inland Jamaica. As a rum tourist, you can get out into this lush landscape where slaves were first brought to toil in the Jamaican sugarcane plantations in the 17th century. No surprise perhaps given the hardship of their lives that it was these slaves who discovered how to ferment molasses, creating a shortcut to liquid pleasure which has fuelled the island ever since.

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My First Fondue in Zurich, Switzerland

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How I got my Schengen Visa?

I almost did not pursue my application for a Euro Zone (Schengen Visa) from the French Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan due to several factors. There were so many reasons not to. First, the French guy who scheduled my interview was not helpful enough with the questions I asked him, and he was downright RUDE at times during our phone conversation. La French! Second, he told me that it will take at least two weeks to find out if I will even be eligible to get a visa. Third, I called around September 20 and I was given an interview schedule on the 1st of October. I asked the French guy if he can re-schedule to make it earlier, since I was running up against a tight vacation planning schedule. You know what he said?  “We are not a MARKET to do that”. Darn this French Guy, who does he think he is, Sarkozy? I had heard and so assumed that most of the French are rude, but this was beyond being subtle.

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