Ah! A Nice Refreshing Coke

Living in Europe means that it’s sometimes necessary to alter one’s perception of what constitutes a “portion”.  In the U.S., it’s easy.  There’s big, bigger, and ginormous.  On our summer vacation, we are currently in Passy-Plaine Joux, which is close to Chamonix, and the impressive Mont Blanc.  We’re staying in a quaint hotel that is way, way, way up the hill, with an amazing view.

View of Mont Blanc

Nice, huh?!

Now I would like you to put your Imagination Hat on for me.  It’s probably packed away, so I’ll wait will you get it.  OK…you’re back.  Good.  Now imagine that it’s a hot day out.  Very hot.  You also happen to be working outside in the garden, yard, or wherever you and your Imagination Hat dream up.  You’re sweating profusely, and you’re thirsty.

Suddenly, you remember that you left a bottle of Coke in the freezer an hour ago, and it’s probably about four degrees above freezing.  It’s almost, but not quite, slushy.  You are hot, and you’ve been working hard, and let’s face it…you deserve a break.  A nice big glass will taste very refreshing.

Off you go to the kitchen, and you grab yourself a nice big glass, and you fill it up with your super-cold beverage.  Let’s get back to the portion thing I mentioned earlier.  You can take off your hat now.  It looked kind of silly on you, anyway.

So I’m betting that if you are in the U.S., your glass would be maybe 12 or 16 ounces.  Maybe even 20 ounces if you’re from Texas.  Now when I arrived at our hotel, I figured that I would have a drink of some Coke that I had put in the fridge.

A BIG glass of Coke


That looks pretty good so far, right?  Wrong!  This is not a normal sized drinking implement.  It’s more like a large shot glass.

Not So Big

It’s basically a big swallow, ergo, no long swig, no satisfying, thirst-quenching chug.  It’s sip, pour, sip, pour.  You get the picture. So, yes, this is a bit of a rant.

My recommendation to you, if you’re traveling to Europe in the summer, is to bring your favorite glass.

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About Alan Wagoner

Alan digs on technology and travel and is definitely the comic in the family. He's traveled all over the globe in search of cultural experiences. He has a fantastic wife and two great children that put up with his "humor", and luckily they all love travel as well. In Aug 2012, they sold their house and all of their possessions and moved to Spain to soak up the culture. He has written a book titled Live In Spain to help those wanting to obtain a Spanish Resident Visa. He also loves to write about the funnier side of the family's adventures.

7 thoughts on “Ah! A Nice Refreshing Coke

  1. Non-refrigerated??

    “… Now when I arrived at our hotel, I figured that I would have a drink of some Coke that I had put in the fridge

    So yea, just drink it straight from the bottle :-p

  2. Only 3 people? That’s crazy. Imagine going back in time, and telling those ad guys that in 40 years people will be consuming 64 oz drinks (I’m thinking 7-11 Super Big Gulps).

  3. LOL! A bit of nerd trivia…I saw an old print ad for Coca-Cola from the 1950’s and one12 oz bottle was to be shared with two to three, yup three people.

    • I only notice that I have big hands when I see them in pictures, but those glasses were TINY!

      By the way mom-in-law, isn’t this your fourth of fifth userid?

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