Shawn likes to go out every once in a while and enjoy the nightlife. In Japan he did his first pub crawl in years and had a great time. He likes to talk to people and is very social. I recognize that he needs these moments to just unwind, get away and have some drinks with others and have conversations and experiences outside of us.
Anywho, he did the Tokyo pub crawl in Shibuya because he tried going out but didn’t speak Japanese and came home super early and disappointed.
Going to a paid pub crawl generally means there are other tourists and everyone speaks some English…no matter what country you are in.
So, his Japan pub crawl was a lot of fun and he met some cool people and learned more about bar culture there.
Yesterday he signed up for a pub crawl here in Belgrade Serbia. He did so because he read that most bars and clubs are generally reserved seating or are places you go with others…not to meet new people.
While he was walking to his meeting place he received the message in the photo.
He was bummed but decided to stay out and explore.
He went to a cool bar where the bartenders were craftsmen. They made unique and exotic drinks. It too was a reservation and sit down with friend situation but he was told there was a single seat at a “barrel” he could sit at if he liked. He took it and just a bit later a better spot opened up so he moved.
There he met a young couple who he started chatting with. It happens that they own a nightclub here and it’s the biggest in town. They told him that they would hook him up there if he wanted to go. They had other plans last night so they gave him their brothers info who was going to be there.
Shawn headed over later and ended up in a VIP area with free drinks all night. He said that no one danced together or how you would at a club in the states or in Thailand or other places we’ve been. You just sit or stand in your area that you’ve reserved with table service and…hang out all night.
You learn a lot from a town and country by going to the pubs, bars and even the clubs.
Shawn met a great couple that we are now friends with and plan to visit in England…from a club in Chiang Mai Thailand.
He comes home a bit tipsy, with a smile on his face and lots of stories to tell me from his night and his new friends.
He thanked me this morning for letting him go. The truth is that I’m not as social and also, I’ve done the club and bar scene plenty. It’s not on my list of needs any longer. I’d rather be with Sebastian, at home, playing with him and then having some quiet time once he’s asleep to just be silent and maybe write or even just watch a Bravo show.
That recharges me.
Would you go out alone in a foreign country and do what Shawn does? To him it’s an adventure and exciting.