Krys­tal Tom­lin­son

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

Din­ing with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador was my favourite RW ex­pe­ri­ence. Of course, be­ing in the pres­ence of the am­bas­sador, the con­ver­sa­tions – po­lit­i­cal and so­cial – the culi­nary and cul­tural in­sight that I got through the food and the liquor.

For the first time, I got the chance to taste Rus­sian Vodka, and the am­bas­sador popped out the real top-shelf ‘hot Rus­sian ting’. It was called Rus­sian Stan­dard vodka. Ap­par­ently, [it’s] one of the elite vod­kas in Rus­sia and, I think, world­wide.

I en­joyed the con­ver­sa­tions, how re­laxed it was, and just the air of new­ness and un­fa­mil­iar­ity that was not just sur­round­ing the food and the drink, but also the peo­ple, the cul­ture, and the lan­guage.

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