Many had warned me but I had to experience it to know they were right. Don't drink vodka with the Russians unless you have the constitution of an ox!! No pun intended!!
On my last day in Russia, during my recent trip, we had a party among the team (including some local members) to celebrate a successful event. We started with champagne and I was on the slippery slope. I call myself a social drinker - occasionally go a bit overboard and this was one of those days. If I had known, I would have made more of an effort to eat but I hadn't all day. You can see the pattern emerging, can't you?
So, of course, I am merry and when I am, I am up for anything, superwoman and all that jazz. So I was asked to taste proper Russian vodka - I was given the whole ritual: the toast, the black bread, the turning of the glass, etc. It was smooth, it did not burn. So I was deceived and had another. And another. And I don't know how many more. And the next thing I remember is waking up in my hotel bed half naked. Another first time experience - amnesia after a drunken bout.
I was still unwell and unable to eat, drink or think straight and I had a flight to catch.
If truth be told, I still feel the effects. I may still be hungover.