Champagne… ………………………….If I had saved the money I have spent on Champagne and the odd sparkling wine over the last 15 years I would have a pretty sizeable sum of cash in my sock drawer. If I was to conservatively guess I could say I spent about $12,000USD. WHAT?
I know some of you are thinking how disgraceful that is and the rest are going , geez I spent double or triple that! Some are even saying ” I knew I would save money being a teetotaller” and then others will say “that’s why I drink beer”.
Now, I just sent a message to a friend having a jewellery sale in Melbourne saying I would love a big Aquamarine ring. I am broke though so I can’t afford any jewellery. Expatmumma makes nothing, my childbirth classes are not happening currently as I cannot get a good internet connection for skype classes and I have no clients here in Kurdistan.
I acquired a ahem…. cough….. cough um few hundred bucks the other day and took off to buy some kilims but my wallet is sparse except for the 50 Rubles my mate gave me! (The kilims look great)
All that cash I have spent on champers would be nice right about now. What would I spend it on you ask? Well I would update my logo/website/business, I would buy another couple of kilms, take a holiday somewhere exotic with a great beach and I would definitely go and buy some champagne.
The good thing about Kurdistan is they have these neat little duty free stores where all you do is show your passport ( no flight necessary) and hey presto you can buy duty free. I would load up the storeroom with some bottles of bubbly. It is Ramadan soon the shops might cover all the booze and stop selling it and just like in a cyclone threat you must STOCKPILE before this happens!
So today I walk into the kitchen and lookey -lookey what is staring me in the face? Bottles of Tattinger, Mumm and Hendricks gin….. ooooh I got all drooley and shakey and actually clapped my hands and squealed in delight. My husband had brought home some gifts.
It has been a long time between French Champagne bubbles in my mouth. The last time was at the foot of Bogd Khan mountain in Zaisan, Ulaanbaatar. My friend whom I shall call my “brother from another mother”(BFAM) is my champagne supernova soul mate. We were born to drink the stuff like water. Let’s say that night ended up with my crying about saying goodbye ( in a wig wearing my pink ray bans supporting my 50th glass of bubbly).
The time before was his Champagne celebration! Only top shelf brands.
OMG I drank like a woman possessed by the need for vintage KRUG.It was the highlight of my Champagne career, really it was a magnificent thing
My friends in Ulaanbaatar even gave me my own glass as a momento of my champagne antics! Somehow my obsession matched the need to dress up as a character and put on a little comedy show for whoever wanted. I am unsure if I am funny but champagne gives me “fuck whatever anyone thinks attitude”.
I even held court in a ger one night and “ordered” glasses of champagne to be brought to me while I “counselled” the lonely, the drunk, the sad, the happy and those who didn’t want counselling but wanted to sit in the ger . The thing is this Ger was in the hosts loungeroom which made the evening so perfectly normal!
Anyway one night we polished off 13 bottles of the stuff between 8 of us. It was in celebration of our group “The Kate and William Appreciation Society” (KAWAS) and that is all I will say about this group. 13 bottles does not sound like a lot but to put things inot perspective; 1 was a mormon so just coke for her, 1 was a random Kiwi not used to these antics so did ok but not great and moved onto spirits, one was being a cautious Brisvegasite all prim and proper so only had 1 glass and joined the Mormon in her coke drinking antics( we are now up to 2 bottles per person),one was Irish and guzzled bucket loads, 2 were seasoned British drinkers and well they guzzled too but went home early. Even my Saffer mate piked and called it a night after a bottle I reckon. Although we all know it’s the quiet Sth Africans you have to watch out for total dark horses! Anyway that left my BFAM and me…. basically we scoffed 8 or 9 bottles ourselves! There was definitely some balcony Cigarillo smoking and some very poor quality loungeroom dancing all conducted under the flabergasted eyes of the random Kiwi who had to stay over in the guest bedroom. I had forewarned the young kiwi that the antics of people in their early 40’s may come as a shock and what happens at KAWAS evenings stays at KAWAS evenings.
Nothing was to be mentioned of the British flags, the Kate and William DVD, the cupcakes, the sandwiches, the gin and tonics, the face masks on sticks and the amount spent on French Champagne bottles! SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH expats behaving badly OH my!
.Anyway before we knew it 4am had rolled around and we were considering a 14th bottle but because we were spastic we couldn’t get the top off! Now that is just one occasion. There have been many and if friends wanted to tell all I would have to go into hiding for several months.
One day I am going to share my most embarrassing expat Champagne episode. It is up there with the worst of airplane behaviours and could have cost me my seat on the flight. That will have to wait for my book. I can’t have you being judgmental of me this early in our relationship!