food, travel

the awkwardness of yerba mate

Yerba mate, or mate (mah tay) is a popular drink Argentina, but in Uruguay it’s an obsession.

It is a kind of herbal tea which has quite a kick. …

When you have drunk a cup of mate, you add more hot (never boiling) water.

The tea can be used several times that way. You see people walking around with Thermoses of hot water for that purpose.

Confessions of a Backpacker

Personally I don’t like the taste.

But I get it. You love yerba mate. You are addicted.

Still … I’m shocked how many people wander around with a thermos of hot water tucked into their arm pit. What a hassle.

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