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Illustrator, baker and pastry chef, cook, traveler

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International man of mystery

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First.., more than thirty years ago, I learned to smoke cigars with my granddad.., an old Spaniard bastard who fled Spain after much mischief during the Spanish Civil War.
Brazilian cigars were still plentiful and cheap and even some basic Cuban! Once I joined the multitude of slaves that plod along in life all over the world, cigars were just not something within my reach. Maybe pipe tobacco would be an option I thought, and my unlearned journey through OTC tobaccos started with the predictable mixed results. Clan ( still made in Netherlands, weird), Amphora (Dutch. Still today for me it is a strange concoction but it was also my first encounter with a ready rubbed tobacco and I loved that), Borkum Riff ( Swedish. The pouch was the one with the colourful coat of arms, mind you! Gosh, that was tooth achingly sweet!) Half and Half ( Strong.., I had a hint of a natural tobacco could be..) Then the Brazilian pipes from Finnamore : Irlandez, Cisne branco, Buldogue... all terrible!
The experience was rapidly descending into misery, so I looked for counsel from a learned person that showed up in the person of Carlos Ranieri of a traditional Brazilian pipe makers dynasty. He said: try an English blend.., that will be closer to your taste for cigars. I followed suit and never looked back!...Not quite...
I bought a tin of Dunhill's My Mixture 965, a bold move indeed! My love to latakia was instant! Many tins and pouches latter i can say that any latakia blend make me happy. the more the better.., and if it comes in flakes I go bananas!

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Well, to buy a briar pipe in Brazil is a horror story. They cost as much as a house.., so I'm out. To give you an idea, A Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe can cost in Brazil as much as seven times the original price!!!
During my pilgrimages around the world I came across some cheap basket pipes, mostly French ones, but lost all of them. So.., as long as it is not too shabby or heat up like a cauldron, any bowl with a stem is good for me!!

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