Mezzo Mix

Italy, it seems, is a country that puts up a fuss when we try to enter or exit it.

On the way toward Italy, weeks ago, we got held up in Basel when our night train was late arriving, and we missed our connection.

Basel is not a hard place to have an unexpected layover: we had two good meals and a nice walk before continuing on the next train to Milan.

Today it was our flight from Florence to Munich that was delayed, causing us to miss our onward flight to Toronto. As we had a 6-hour layover in Toronto anyway, we’ve been rebooked on the next flight, and will make it home on the originally-booked flight to Charlottetown. We got to enjoy a lovely meal in the Munich airport—supplemented by €30 in Lufthansa vouchers—rather than waiting out our YYZ purgatory at Tim Hortons.

Because I’m nothing if not a sucker for novel beverages, I ordered a Mezzo Mix to have with my smoked salmon salad; from Wikipedia:

Mezzo Mix is a product of The Coca-Cola Company, first introduced in West Germany in 1973. It is a mixture of orange soda and cola, a beverage popular in German-speaking countries, commonly known there as spezi, the generic trademark of the first brand of that type of soda.

Indeed when the waiter mixed up our order and brought me a Coke by mistake, I had him mutter spezi under his breath. It was… Coke with a hint of orange.



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Ton Zijlstra on May 11, 2024 - 10:27 Permalink

Spezi! Ah, that is a blast from the past! This is what I drank as a kid during the summer holidays in southern Germany, in the mid to late seventies.

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Ton Zijlstra on May 11, 2024 - 15:28 Permalink

although then, iirc it was mixed on the spot from a cola and fanta bottle.

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Peter Rukavina on May 11, 2024 - 21:33 Permalink

Special bonus chain reaction: apparently when we missed the Toronto flight, we got removed from our Charlottetown flight automatically. So when we showed up at the gate to board to Charlottetown the gate agent responded with “You’re not on this flight!” Luckily, as we’re travelling without bags, they found us room. A minor glitch.