Many people keep copies of restaurant menus, matchstick covers, or some small memento of a place they have visited. We like collecting drink coasters from bars. Not sitting and drinking away your trip, but rather chatting with the bartender about fun things to do and see, striking up a conversation with the stranger next to you, and trying out the house drink specialty.
Our Scotland tour host picked up all the passengers early evening at the Glenmoriston bar and drove us out to the Caledonian canal to board the barge. The hubby, me and our two travel partners decided to indulge a few hours early at the bar before the scheduled pickup time. We met Robert, the bartender, listened to music new to me (Kygo) which I loved, and tried the week’s special drink. Details were documented on the coaster (see photos).
Here are a few more coasters collected over the years (below—Darwin, Australia; Singapore[yes, we had the Singapore sling at Raffles hotel/bar], and Kauai). We have not been very disciplined about collecting the coasters and we have missed a lot of locations, but will try a little harder in the future. The coasters are used back home and it is a fun way to remember details of the trip.