THE MR.BOWMONT JOURNAL
AN UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER
May 6th 2017 - El Paredón, Guatemala
An Unusual Encounter - Sir Edmond & Mr.Bowmont
After a long week of tough decision-making and chaos at work, I finally landed in Guatemala, a country full of color and culture. I took a cab towards the hotel, dropped my bags and headed straight towards a local restaurant near the ocean. As I sat down around 9 p.m., the sun was already setting. A pleasant warm breeze came from the west as my feet touched the even warmer sand. The bartender brought me a long glass cocktail with chunky ice cubes, a slice of orange and a bamboo straw. As I was asking the bartender about his day, suddenly a strange looking man with a walking stick approached us. He seemed to know the bartender and greeted him. Without hesitation the man, who looked like the adventurous and rebellious type, shook my hand as he introduced himself. Sir Edmond was his name.

As he took a wooden chair and sat beside me, he told me how he grew up years ago as a boy on a vanilla farm spending his time trying to understand the unusual flower. As he learned and studied vanilla, he started experimenting and told me how he came up with a new type of drink never seen before. You guessed it; I was drinking his new drink through the bamboo straw as Sir Edmond was telling me the story. “Vanilla!” I said. “How did I not get that earlier?!”. He laughed so hard, I swear it could have been a big white foreign bird. We talked further and he asked me what I was doing here in El Paredón. I explained how I was taking pictures of the environment as well as several client appointments the day after. I showed him some pictures of the seaside that I captured. He responded very passionate and told me that he too collected pictures during some of his adventures. 
"He laughed so hard, I swear it could have been a big white foreign bird."

The bartender not asking if we wanted another drink, brought us two more vanilla infused gin tonics. We toasted to life and started talking about how he got this brilliant idea and how it did not only contain vanilla, but several other spices as well. There are different ingredients but one of them originates from this country, Guatemala. This ingredient comes from the cardamom plant, which is one of the main ingredients of the gin. “This seed has a warm, slightly pungent, and highly aromatic flavor somewhat reminiscent of camphor,” the wise Sir Edmond said. Eventually, we decided to sit by the campfire on the beach, which had been burning for a few hours. The rest of the evening we shared more life stories, laughed and drank the meanwhile well-known Sir Edmond gin.

The next day, just after the sunrise, I wandered with my slippers and swim shorts along the beautiful coastline of El Paredón. I decided to take the route back to the hotel via the local restaurant. I walked over to Sir Edmond, who was helping cleaning the bar, and wished him all the best for his future endeavors.

The rest is history.
AN UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER
May 6th 2017 - El Paredón, Guatemala 
An Unusual Encounter - Sir Edmond & Mr.Bowmont
After a long week of tough decision-making and chaos at work, I finally landed in Guatemala, a country full of color and culture. I took a cab towards the hotel, dropped my bags and headed straight towards a local restaurant near the ocean. As I sat down around 9 p.m., the sun was already setting. A pleasant warm breeze came from the west as my feet touched the even warmer sand. The bartender brought me a long glass cocktail with chunky ice cubes, a slice of orange and a bamboo straw. As I was asking the bartender about his day, suddenly a strange looking man with a walking stick approached us. He seemed to know the bartender and greeted him. Without hesitation the man, who looked like the adventurous and rebellious type, shook my hand as he introduced himself. Sir Edmond was his name.

As he took a wooden chair and sat beside me, he told me how he grew up years ago as a boy on a vanilla farm spending his time trying to understand the unusual flower. As he learned and studied vanilla, he started experimenting and told me how he came up with a new type of drink never seen before. You guessed it; I was drinking his new drink through the bamboo straw as Sir Edmond was telling me the story. “Vanilla!” I said. “How did I not get that earlier?!”. He laughed so hard, I swear it could have been a big white foreign bird. We talked further and he asked me what I was doing here in El Paredón. I explained how I was taking pictures of the environment as well as several client appointments the day after. I showed him some pictures of the seaside that I captured. He responded very passionate and told me that he too collected pictures during some of his adventures. 
"He laughed so hard, I swear it could have been a big white foreign bird."
The bartender not asking if we wanted another drink, brought us two more vanilla infused gin tonics. We toasted to life and started talking about how he got this brilliant idea and how it did not only contain vanilla, but several other spices as well. There are different ingredients but one of them originates from this country, Guatemala. This ingredient comes from the cardamom plant, which is one of the main ingredients of the gin. “This seed has a warm, slightly pungent, and highly aromatic flavor somewhat reminiscent of camphor,” the wise Sir Edmond said. Eventually, we decided to sit by the campfire on the beach, which had been burning for a few hours. The rest of the evening we shared more life stories, laughed and drank the meanwhile well-known Sir Edmond gin.

The next day, just after the sunrise, I wandered with my slippers and swim shorts along the beautiful coastline of El Paredón. I decided to take the route back to the hotel via the local restaurant. I walked over to Sir Edmond, who was helping cleaning the bar, and wished him all the best for his future endeavors.

The rest is history.
Written by: Mr.Bowmont
May 6th 2017
El Paredón, Guatemala