Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
23Trip End May 24, 2010
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What is most striking about Yerba Mate is that everyone drinks it, and I mean everyone. We saw the custodians in a bus station sipping and sharing mate on their break, hotel owners indulging during an "once" (tea time in the afternoon), and even our guides shared a cup after lunch on the top of the Perito Moreno glacier.
I had to give it a try.
When we had some time to kill in a cafe, I decided to order mate and Monique decided to chronicle the experience with our camera. In the pictures below, you can see the progression as I prepare the drink, sip it, then "enjoy" it. It's remarkably bitter (hence the expression on my face), but drinkable with a bit of sugar. Monique characterized it as "sewage water," which isn't an unfair comparison. The Argentines call it "an acquired taste."
Regardless, I choked down the full pot. In the hours that followed, my stomach felt weird and I found myself bouncing off of walls from what I presume to be over-cafination. I think IŽll try it again sometime.
To learn a little more about Yerba Mate, click here.