Have some sparrow droppings in brandy. Down a raw egg. A sour pickle. And thank or curse the culture that called it a hangover cure.
Old Ireland once believed a sure cure was to bury the sufferer up to his neck in wet sand. Some Haitians turned the cork of the bottle that caused the hangover into a voodoo doll and stuck 13 pins in it. James Bond touted the unappetizing Prairie Oyster — a raw, unbroken egg yolk, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, vinegar, pepper and gin. One Englishman tried to out-Bond Bond’s cure with a blend of banana, carrot, tomato, milk, vodka and Tabasco.
Some people believe rubbing limes on their arms will help; others breathe in smoke or down prickly pear pills or drink pickle juice or munch burnt toast. Bulgarians have faith in cold beer with tripe soup, while the Chinese swear by the rice dish congee. It’s the Hungarians who once believed in sparrow droppings in brandy; today they’re more likely to take night owl soup with fried garlic bread. But the most popular and possibly worst method everywhere is to down more alcohol, known as the hair of the dog that bit you.
Then there are “I won’t get drunk because . . .” beliefs: “Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, never fear”; no, it’s the total amount of alcohol that counts. Low-calorie drinks are safer; actually, they make us feel alcohol’s effects more quickly. The darker the drink, the less likely the hangover; just the opposite because of the congeners (byproducts of fermentation) that give the drink color, taste and aroma.
Still, believers believe. Munch almonds before downing a drink and you’ll never get drunk, some insist. Forget almonds; try peanut butter, Africans say. Others swear an apple a day keeps a hangover away. And the ancient Alexandrians claimed smelling roses — sometimes covering the floor ankle-deep in petals — allowed them to fete without fretting.
In reality, there is only one sure way to avoid a hangover. Don’t over-drink, or just don’t drink. But if you do wake up feeling woozy, there is one proven road to recovery — neither mythical nor medical — and that is time.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.