Filed Under (General) by Rob on 17-07-2006

If you’re American and you love root beer, then please don’t be offended. I tried some just the other day and found it thoroughly disgusting!! In fact, it reminded me of the mouth wash the dentist gives you (except for the colour, ie not bright pink!!) I must be missing something with this drink, as there are plenty of folk here who love it!!

Mall of America

This weekend, I got to visit the famous Mall of America, which is HUGE! I probably saw about 5% of the whole place. Mall means ‘shopping centre’ in American English. What’s amazing is that there is an enormous central area with a small theme park in it, including roller coaster, log flume and other rides – crazy!!!

The best shop I saw there was called the ‘Rainforest Cafe’ – an amazing jungle-like shop with vines and snakes (not real!) hanging from the ceiling and enormous aquariums (aquaria?) with tropical fish in. Quite an experience. Apparently, there’s one in Piccadilly Circus, so I’m eager to take the family there. As someone who normally lives in Africa, I did feel quite at home in there (not that Cotonou has any rain forest, mind!)

On the way back, I was astounded to see house numbers like 4580, when in the UK they rarely exceed 200 !! Also saw a ‘Wendys’ and ‘Taco Bell’ but it looks like I’m not going to make it to the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) which is a shame.

So, tomorrow I leave the USA after just a week. It’s been one of the most amazing weeks of my life, meeting so many interesting folk and learning about what God is doing across the world through music. If you’re one of those folks I met, thanks for visiting the blog and keep in touch!

Bye for now.

2 Comments posted on "Root Beer??? Yeeeuuuccchhhh!!!"
Tim on July 28th, 2006 at 1:20 pm #

Yo, geezah!

Yeah, I have to concur with you–root beer is vile, nasty stuff. I cannot fathom why so many countrymen of mine profess to love it (and/or its more-generic, major-label iteration, Dr. Pepper). I mean, there is no better way to ruin a nice glass of vanilla ice cream than by pouring root beer all over it–and I’ve been roundly criticized as being un-American by using Coke or Pepsi for my “root beer” floats.

Bummer about the IHOP–then again, I think the most international thing they manage to accomplish is Belgian waffles and Latin American-themed omelettes. Not to say that I don’t love the place, but still…it’s kind of like American “World Champions” in the NFL and NBA…


Will on November 3rd, 2006 at 3:01 pm #

Root beers AWESOME!