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The other day I was called upon to come up with a gin tour completely fresh. This was something of a challenge as, though I rather enjoy it, I’m something of a gin novice. I’ve had a fair amount of gin cocktails and I’ve certainly owned a few bottles of mainstream and small batch gins, but when it comes to the actual tasting of the stuff I’m not that experienced. In the end I muddled through, learning what I could of the history and a little bit about how to savour it and mix the stuff to max out the pleasure possible from what is otherwise a quite difficult drink to get into.
I did all that and managed to impress the two ladies, and then I find out it’s to be a one time thing. Turns out it was a sort of swan song.
This hurt a bit. This was the culmination of a sort of dream of mine. Leading people to a new enjoyable experience is one of my aims. Exposing people to as many fine feelings as they have yet to sample. It’s one of the reasons I’m a tour guide, so I can show people around the city I adore and let them know there is a whole fantastic world out there. There’s crazy facts and interesting places they haven’t yet begun to imagine and a small slice of them are available from my direction. Ending the gin tour as a regular thing before it even began was certainly a blow. But it was a business decision taken in some boardroom somewhere so not really my area to dispute.
Or is it.
A thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while is to work a bit more independently. The current set up for the tours I do is that I’m paying a guy to get people for me then they pay me what they think the tour is worth. There’s a lot of independence in this as I chose the route, the information, and the delivery, but I’m essentially dependent on the guy for the vast majority of the hours. The guy decides the start time. He also decides who works what tours on what days. It’s one of these self-employed freelance gigs where there’s a lot of freedom, but which painfully remind you that freedom is not always beneficial. It’s absolutely something I’d like to keep at, though with supplemental earnings from my own operation.
I’ve got so many ideas for different ways of seeing this city. Tours based around the comfort of the guests, where people with mobility issues or babies have multiple breaks built in to make it easier. Tours where you tell the guide your favourite drink and you get taken to a place, or places, where they do this best, then also add a tour on. Ultra-long tours which function like a fitness workout, or ultra-short tours for if you have hardly time to experience it like a regular daytripper. There’s so much possibility there and I want to see if there is demand for this potential supply.
That’s why I’m to be offering bespoke tours. The gin tour has started me on a path to more independence where I aim to examine every possible way of exploring a city like this and I’ll offer it to people as well as I can. If it requires that I do multiple hours of research before every tour, so be it. I’d rather know everything about this small city than know a little something about everywhere else in the world. I’m sure I can learn that from the million guests I’ll entertain.
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