While I was enjoying a fire and local rice wine the clouds lifted, inviting warmer temperatures and night lights to shine. My spirit may also lift as I try cocaine wine for my first time in a wooden bar made of candles, paintings, and canvases. Her English was pretty good when she was describing to me what cocaine wine is. I was wondering if she meant coca , like chocolate, but when I described the difference in English between the words coca and cacao, she insisted it was cocaine flower. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t about to have some powerful toxin that would lose me in the cold of the night and I wake up in a rice Patty. Luckily, she was just referring to the medicinal plant form of coca, not the toxic addictive, processed cocaine. I never chewed on a coca leaf in south America but I know it is a huge crop grown by the indigenous in the Andes used for medicinal purposes, and then somewhere along the way the crop began to become a market to transform into a lethal money maker. Anyway, I’m not sure how coca (an upper, stomach easier and head clamer) mixes with wine (happy and sleepy), but I will see if one glass will lead me to discover this traditional drink. She warned me if I drink too much I will become drunk and it’s no good, but with just a little it’s very medicinal and good for you. Lol, good thing we’re on the same page. I don’t need any help being more crazy. I wonder what would happen with the horse penis alcohol…. Lol. That literally was on a menu where I had dinner. I gotta give it to Vietnam, they do not waste animal parts and can make food out of any living creature. Great survivors.
When my nose sat on the glass rim, a waft of sweetness surrounded me, and then I took a small sip. Floral. Definitely flowers, but butter flowers, like Jasmine tea. Then the journey down. It burns like whiskey and has a bitter after taste. I’m gonna say it’s more like soft coca whiskey, not wine haha. Same with the rice alcohol I tried at dinner. Definitely stronger than sake. Sake is rice wine, this was for sure rice alcohol.
The Indiginous people’s here derive from the Mong people. They appear to be very self-sustaining as I have seen numerous crops, livestock, repairing, and building happening in the village. Clothing is a dark base, usually very dark blue, with bright vests, hats, bananas, and shirt patterns. They weave and die their own clothes just like Guatemalan Mayan groups. The water buffalo are a blessing to own and besides roll around in the watery rice patties, provide excellent labor for working the land. Not sure what the pigs do except eat…. I suppose they become food someday along with the chickens. The ducks I assume are food…. The dogs, well, I think they are both food and pets. Kinda confusing. That might not be the tribal people though. They are very quiet and to themselves like many natives I’ve seen. Some will leak a smile here and there but it’s hard to tell what they are thinking. I sure hope they dont hate and resent the tourist walking around taking pictures of them and pointing with their eyes at their clothes. Even though it’s admiration, I would feel awful if they felt like zoo animals or on display. I like to think that they can appreciate the Westerner’s curiosity to meet another culture different from theirs and want to share it with friends. Maybe one day I will finally know how to appropriately behave while passing by beautiful Ethnic minorities. That is my job anyway; to be an ambassador of oneness and cultural tolerance! And to sell really awesome tribal handicrafts, haha. IF it’s helping them and not somehow keeping them in a cycle of poverty. Oh my there’s so many things to think about for Liquid Gypsy! Nothing is simple. Except a smile :).
Ok, I just went off on a massive tangent from where I started. Maybe the cocaine wine is kicking in, lol. My eye sockets are super heavy but my eyeballs feel weightless and wide open. Strange. ALL I was trying to sat was that tonight I tried something specific to the tribal people of northern Vietnam. Rice alcohol. To name a few, they mix it with plums, apricots, Apple, banana, grapes, artichoke, honey, and of course, coca leaf. Very cool! And it’s more alcohol tasting than wine FYI. You have it straight or on the rocks. Ooooo, I just yawned. Maybe that’s the “wine” part, lol.