What do you like about bartending? The freedom. It's a job that allows me to do a lot of traveling. I don't have to do your usual 9-to-5 with two weeks of vacation a year. I can work extra shifts and save up money to take a month off and travel.
Years behind the bar: Nine
What do you like about bartending?
The freedom. It's a job that allows me to do a lot of traveling. I don't have to do your usual 9-to-5 with two weeks of vacation a year. I can work extra shifts and save up money to take a month off and travel.
How often do you travel?
I travel all the time. I'm actually leaving for Tibet in August and I'll probably be traveling around the world again.
I'm taking a month off to see China and wander around Tibet for a while. Then, on to Kathmandu and Delhi. Then Jerusalem, Turkey and Russia.
What's the most exotic place you've been?
It just depends on how you want to define it. I hiked the Inca Trail. I always thought that was really neat. I went to the Amazon.
I did cage diving in South Africa with great white sharks. I lived in the Great Barrier Reef for two weeks in Australia. I landed in Egypt on 9/11. That was an interesting one.
This was my first time around the world in 2001. I was leaving Sydney when the first plane hit. I was in the airport and didn't really know what was going on.
By the time I landed in Egypt 16 hours later, there was an embassy person waiting to tell me what happened and whisk me away.
I have the greatest pictures of the pyramids because it's just me and the pyramids. It was three days later and they canceled the tours, so I got to drive up there and climb them and mess around by myself.
What are the drinks like in other countries?
I went to Haiti and they had this really crazy version of a caipirinha where they use a lot more mint and sugar cane. They infused their own rum, but it was really dark. It was interesting - it was dirty tasting, but kind of delicious.
What's the craziest food you've eaten on your travels?
In Peru, one of the delicacies is guinea pig. It's the craziest thing when they bring it out because it still had the head and eyes. But, it's so delicious. It tastes like the best fried chicken you've ever had.