6 things you might not know about The Winesleuth…

My good friend Oscar from Quevedo Port wine, located in the Douro Valley, Portugal recently sent me an internet meme  that he had received from Ryan and Gabriella over at Catavino, to share 6 things about myself that my readers might not now about me. I’d have to say I’ve been there, done that, but some of the more lesser known things about me – well, here they are… Bartles & Jaymes all the way, baby….My first experience with wine was Bartles & Jaymes winecoolers. Yeah, sneaking out to a house party and chugging back peach wine coolers was the epitome of cool when I was 15, back in high school. I think that I must have loved them because I certainly kicked back quite a few (and puked them right back up, many a summer night). I mean, what teenage palate doesn’t adore sugary, fruity, alcoholic drinks masquerading as Kool-Aid? What I would do now if I was faced with one of them – laugh in it’s face, maybe? I was a Thai soap opera star (sorta)….Back when I was a backpacker, I was a recurring extra on a Thai soap opera. I kind of fell into the gig. One day, Matt, an Englishman we had met in Bangkok, suggested to us that if we wanted to make a bit of extra dosh, besides teaching English, to go down and register with a local production company. Well, before you know it, we were getting calls once a week to be Nurse No. 1 and Nurse No. 2. We only did it for the few months we were in Bangkok but by the end, our students were beginning to recognize us from last night’s episode! Teaching in Mao’s old primary school……….I was offered the chance to teach in Mao Tse Dong’s old primary school when I was in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is where Mao spent his formative years. While I was travelling around China I met some great people and in Chengdu, I met- thru friends, the head teacher of...

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