Would you possibly, perchance like to go on a date? Not in New York or LA or anywhere boring though. I’m thinking Tashkent, Bishkek, Chilean Patagonia? Somewhere ‘exotic’. I put quotes around ‘exotic’ because I’d like to avoid any neo-colonialist or patronizing overtones. Characterizing a land and its people as somehow wildly Different or Mysterious is unfair at best and an arrogant, Kiplingesque oversimplification at worst.
If we were going hiking on, for example, the lunar surface or the valleys of Titan or Io then sure, I would feel fine using ‘exotic’ without disclaimer. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon and it might be a couple centuries before those activities are a) remotely possible and more importantly b) remotely affordable.
Anyway, I think it’s fair to call those places exotic only within the context that they are wildly atypical of American people doing things together in society. I mean, normally I’d suggest we grab a 5 for 5 at Arby’s or some Taco Bell® Doritoz® Locos Tacos Supreme tacos, or drink gas station wine and play Diablo 3. Not sip imported coffee at a restaurant perched in a glacial valley at 3,500 meters.
And so I referred to those places as ‘exotic’.
Oh, and the picture I used………looks like someone (you) jacked Aubrey Plaza’s stylllle!