A vestige of the utopian city Walt Disney sought to create
There are few cities in the world that bring forth an international aesthetic, where various cultures are appreciated and explored. Many say that Canada is one of those places, as it offers everything from authentic sushi to delicious curry from coast to coast.
Orlando, however, has all of this within more compressed geographical coordinates.
My sister and I each had a day off, and we decided to visit Epcot, one of Walt Disney World’s many theme parks.
Walt Disney had initially intended to create a Utopian city, celebrating human achievement and technological innovation. The park does accomplish this, as it offers attractions like “Mission: Space,” which simulates astronaut training sessions. I have an unhealthy obsession with the ride, as I always force my sister to join me on the excursion. As I exit fresh-faced and excited, she slowly limps out of the attraction looking slightly ill.
Although, on this fated day, we ran into one of our Italian friends. Like myself, he has travelled the world and appears to have an insatiable thirst for exploring the treasures of different cultures.
Keyboardist in a tribute band playing at the United Kingdom Pavilion
As tropical storm Beryl poured, we sought shelter in the nearest country of Epcot’s World Showcase: Mexico. We approached a “tequila bar,” and Daniele, our Italian friend, immediately asked the bartender for a “tequila tasting.” I was intrigued.
The bartender presented three different shot glasses, with an “aged” tequila, a “younger” tequila, and a flavoured tequila. Who knew there could be so many variants of tequila? Then a fourth glass was presented. It contained what resembled tomato juice, which I assume would clear the palate of the previous tasting, similar to how coffee beans are used when sampling perfumes and fragrances.
Following this novel experience, Daniele decided he wanted to purchase a kimono. Prior to his request, I was not aware that there were kimonos for men.
Browsing the kimono selection
The Japanese pavilion at Epcot competes with Italy’s in terms of friendliness, as a young lady graciously threw a kimono on me while Daniele browsed and decided which colour he wanted. He decided on a monochromatic number: black with a gold belt.
My sister then asked Daniele why he would purchase such a thing when he will hardly wear it, and a similar theme in these posts was reiterated. “I like to enjoy life,” he said.