He had his own cup and pot and drank it with a metal straw little by little.
It seemed that he was addicted.
He asked if we wanted to try, but I felt a bit awkward to share the straw.
But in fact, in South America, it is a custom to share Mate among friends.
We saw some groups of people carrying Mate sets.
The only place I could try Mate was at the hotel in Iguazu.
It was one of the things they served at the breakfast buffet.
I am not sure if I prepared it correctly, but the taste was very bitter and a bit similar to tobacco.
I learned later that apparently I chose the most bitter kind among the ones on the table.
By the way, I had another Mate later at a cafe in Brazil.
This one was totally different.
It was cold and sweet and very easy to drink.