Mate, the truly universal drink. I’ve been spreading it to more and more people, and I still can’t get over the feeling of seeing someone take their first sip of the beautiful way of life that Mate is. Yes, way of life, because to just refer to it as a drink doesn’t do it anymore, for me. I went horseback riding in the mountains of Tajikistan last week, and had the opportunity to share a gourd with a few friends once we stopped for lunch. The Tajik people whom I’ve encountered are still suspicious of Mate, but maybe a few will eventually try it out! Drink on!