Attica, Athens, Greece

Between November 2021 – April 2022 I visited Athens, Greece 🇬🇷 three times, for a total of 62 days.

I went in November, sort of on a whim, begrudgingly, a sort of layover between jobs. It wasn’t my first choice to travel just then, and it wasn’t my first choice to go to Greece either. In fact, I had never really had any desire to travel to Greece . . . but I went . . . and I absolutely LOVED it!

The job fell through, and so did a couple of other applications, but I had a seasonal remote contract with something else, so I kept returning to see more, enjoy more, do more. I fell in love with everything — the language, the people, the museums, the sites, the greenery, the coffee!

I have to go back, and see more of Athens, and venture beyond it as there’s a whole lot more to the country to see, but before I do, before I recommend some coffee and share about this amazing adventure, allow me to share some pictures 🤗.

Here’s a preview, a taste, a sneak peak into Greece, and some Greek coffee ☕

November 2021:

December 2021-January 2022

March 2022-April 2022

Back-to-School – 2022

I took a sort of summer break, and then got sick . . . but all better now!

Now, I’m not teaching this year, not on a traditional calendar or in a school like previous years, but I still follow that school calendar. Old habits, what can I say?

So with that back-to-school feeling and vibe all around me, allow me to offer a special shout out to all the teachers and school staff, and students, returning to school this year. And to all the school staff–treat yourself to a little extra coffee, the first weeks always need it! 😜

Sunrise — Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

What is Coffee?

Round 13 of:

What is coffee?

  • acidic
  • aromatic
  • bitter
  • fruity
  • nutty
  • sugary
  • sweet

In other words, depending on the day, the need, the moment, coffee is available in so many flavors and feelings, making it not only wonderfully versatile, but further demonstrating why it’s among the best drinks 🖤

Photo by Najib Kalil on Unsplash

What is coffee?

An oldie, but a goodie category of posts–probably my favorite if I’m being honest!

What is coffee?

Coffee is . . .

  • calming
  • comforting
  • reassuring
  • relaxing
  • soothing
  • supportive
  • therapeutic

In other words, coffee is one of those magic elixirs that helps all things fall into place 🖤

Photo by Jen P. on Unsplash

Coffee Gratitude

It’s been a slow return . . .

I went on winter break in 2020 and things just sort of spiraled from there. I kept meaning to come back and it wasn’t happening . . . I announced my return January 2022 and it’s been much more difficult to get back into the groove. It seems that the never-ending stream of global events–altering ideas, schedules, and more–along with other changes in life, keep taking me in every direction, all at once.

In all of this, however, it just dawned on me: I have remained a coffee-drinker, and remained comforted by coffee. It’s interesting how that happens–how certain sounds, smells, tastes, sights, provide continuous positive emotions. While my tastes and preferences have changed over time–I was avid iced coffee drinker and now can’t fathom how I drank coffee cold–but the comfort is there, still there, and for that I am grateful.

Photo by Zarak Khan on Unsplash

2020 Coffee Destinations

Where to go this year to enjoy some amazing coffee?

  • Attic
  • Backyard
  • Balcony
  • Basement
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Driveway
  • Family Room
  • Front yard
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Guest Bedroom
  • Hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Nursery
  • Patio
  • Playroom
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Spa
  • Spare Bedroom

Oh . . . the possibilities . . . #2020

Photo by Agape Trn on Unsplash

Welcome Back!

It’s been a tumultuous time since I last wrote here . . . We’ve had a complete shutdown, a re-shifting of priorities, a re-modeling of operations in every sector, and a social uprising. And none of this is complete/over.

We’re grappling with trying to understand, survive, and recover from a global pandemic–and doing it all at once! We’re on a 400+ year journey of understanding, surviving, and recovering from foundational, institutionalized, and continued injustices–a system ingrained and enshrined for centuries will not topple in a day, or a week, or a month.

It’s not exactly the time to sit back and sip coffee right? But, we are entitled to enjoy a cup or two–and we do need our energy, especially as we can continue to innovate and advocate.

So, I’ve returned here. It will be a gradual return, but I’m excited to write and explore, as I adapt to a new normal and fight for something better. Cheers to being back, and to coffee ☕

Seattle, Washington, USA: Starbucks Reserve

I have made it!

As mentioned in Global Locations, there are just six Starbucks Reserves in the world. I had the chance, unplanned originally and a happy opportunity seized, to visit a Starbucks Reserve in Milan–the first Starbucks to touch Italy. It was a magical experience on multiple levels and it generated quite the conversation once I shared my post, photos, and my delight.

Once I discovered there were more Reserves, in already desired travel destinations at that, I made a goal of visiting more–eventually. That eventuality was more than a goal written on paper, it is now a goal that is being checked off!

In late October 2019, I was visiting a friend in Seattle and made sure our itinerary included a stop at the very first Reserve in Seattle.

Just like Milan, it was a golden treasure trove of all things caffeinated, of all things delicious.

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With that . . . just four more to go!

Drink coffee . . .

Drink coffee . . . because . . .

  • you’re thirsty
  • you’re tired
  • it’s gonna be a long day
  • you’re cold
  • you’re hot
  • you need caffeine
  • you want caffeine
  • you have a headache
  • you feel a headache coming on
  • it’s available
  • it tastes good
  • it smells good
  • it sounds good
  • it feels good
  • you made it
  • you bought it
  • someone made it for you
  • someone bought it for you
  • you need it
  • you’re craving it

Drink coffee. Who cares why? You don’t actually need a reason. Just do it 😉

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