On Friday I snapped our last beer picture along the Oakland waterfront. Robin had the idea to use a couple of cans of Bitter American, a brew from the 21st Amendment restaurant/pub in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. We figured it would capture our feelings about being back and our trip being over. Yeah, we’re a little bitter but not that much — the trip was a fantastic success, Robin’s already back at work at a cool new job, and I’m working on a little project that I hope will turn into a pretty good gig.
Still, we can relate to the chimp on the can: After an experience like this, the re-entry is a bit of a disappointment and we’re left thinking that we may never do anything like it ever again. It’s like splashing down in the middle of the ocean, watching the parachutes drift down into the water, and wondering why we couldn’t just keep going a little bit longer.
The beer pictures, incidentally, date back to our visit to Iceland in 2006. There, we snapped a pic of a glass of Viking draft for no other reason than it was in a cool looking glass:
Then Robin snapped this pic in Jamaica, which we promptly used for the blog in early 2011:
We’d created a monster. Each beer picture became a more elaborate undertaking (proper lighting in Madagascar, timing issues with the elephants in Thailand, a view of the Taj Mahal in India, a nighttime cityscape in Hong Kong, the proper rooftop bar in Istanbul):
Well, Ham old buddy, it’s been a fun ride. I guess it’s finally time to swap out that American flag at the bottom of our giant list of destinations and insert this last picture.