Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ice Bars and Ice Breakers

Earlier this week in honor of Valentine's Day, Lonely Planet shared their "Best Worst Travel Pick Up Lines."    With that title alone, you know they will be awesome.

I Ecu-ador you?  Check. 
I'd like Dubai you a drink?  Oh yes. 
I can't help but Czech you out?  Try and stop me.

On Valentine's Day I was facilitating a training class and one group was in charge of creating a welcome and ice breaker.    The minute that one of the attendees said, "How much does a polar bear weigh?   Enough to break the ice,"  I was back in New Zealand.

We couldn't resist the Minus5 ice bar in Queenstown.   There is something compelling about pay to wear a heavy jacket and drinking from glasses made of ice.    The kind of thing that you only do on vacation. 

Can you believe we went to an ice bar? 
You know how much I love winter. 
Yeah, you can only stay in for 30 minutes so you don't get frozen. 

The minute we walked into the bar, my sister introduced herself to the bartender using that very same ice breaker.    "How much does a polar bear weigh?" (pause)  "Enough to break the ice.  Hi, my name is Heather." 


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