Beers in Sevilla, Spain

Can we establish a new rule?

Maybe I shouldn't kiss 20 year olds...

It’s come time for a new rule to be put into place: no hooking up with anyone who didn’t see at least some of the 1980s. I think that’s fair. Don’t you?

Some of my friends seem to think I need to have this “I’m on vacation and am going to sleep with everyone” attitude. And it’s true that when abroad I do tend to be freer with things than I would be at home. But first off, I’m not really on vacation. And second off, there are things that just seem too weird. Like kissing someone who was born after the 1980s ended.

Not that anything happened that would make me have to establish this rule…

Nothing like drinking 3 glasses of sangria during the hostel’s free happy hour. Or 3 or so more during trivia night. Or winning 2nd place and a free drink at a bar. That turned into a strong screwdriver and a shot. Or wandering around after such things in search of shisha only to end up walking in a circle. And then getting a beer at a bar instead. And then going back to the hostel. And then retrieving the toiletries left behind that morning when switching rooms. And then being followed and asked to borrow toothpaste and if another dip in the hot tub was in the cards. And being made fun of for using Crest because apparently Colgate is the only toothpaste of choice in Britain. And filling the bath with whatever would make bubbles. And then everyone else leaving. And then being kissed. And getting lightheaded. And not being sure if this is one of those only regret the things you haven’t done moments. But stopping and leaving because, well, it just feels too damn weird to be kissing someone who is ten years younger.

Nothing like that at all.

Getting beers in Sevilla, Spain

Getting beers in Sevilla, Spain

Can we establish a new rule? Maybe I shouldn't kiss 20 year olds...

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Jaime
    August 14, 2011at4:43 pm

    LOVE IT, but um NOTHING wrong with kissing someone younger than you as long as its legal…lol!!! I think you should have been more scandalous.

  • Shanna
    August 28, 2011at4:23 pm

    As a lady dangerously close to 30, I don’t think I’d want a 21 yr old boy kissing me… I prefer someone with a lil more experience 😉 But heck, chemistry is chemistry. I wouldn’t totally write it off.

  • drew
    October 5, 2011at10:42 am

    I hooked up with someone 9 yrs my junior. It was weird, indeed and something I don’t plan to do again.

  • Ian [EagerExistence]
    February 28, 2012at12:00 am

    Are you being vague on purpose?

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