Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A post mostly about coffee. (Again).

Today I realised I'm going home in 7 weeks. I feel really fortunate to be going home again so soon after my last trip. Although I'm comfortable here in the US of A, I still struggle with the culture a little here and miss home. I can't explain it. I know I probably harp on about this a fair bit in my blog - but its my blog and I'll cry if I want to..

This morning my colleague Ty did a Starbucks run. We're an office full of uber healthy 20 & 30 somethings. My boss doesn't drink coffee. We don't do Starbucks or donut runs. But this morning... it was needed. We were all feeling "the morning" a bit. So I got a non-fat decaf grande latte. (what a mouthful!). I almost forgot the joy of an espresso coffee! It was so good. I stopped going to Starbucks a while back. Mainly for $$$ reasons (I can't justify spending $1000 a year on coffee's and whatever snacks I get while at Starbucks). My caffeine intake = zilch - so there is no feasible reason to go to Starbucks. Its a habit I'm glad I've kicked. The last year has been good for me, and I feel like I'm finally doing some good nutrition and health wise. But, have to say, the non-fat/decaf/grande latte this morning was AMAZING. So good. And it felt like a real treat to have it. Even though it was decaf it gave me a slight buzz. (buzz as in my body responded to the tiny amount of caffeine found in decaf coffee) (vs drunken buzz).

I was telling Ty how our espresso in Australia is very good, and there is nothing like the small independent coffee shops that largely inhabit the streets of Sydney-town. I know when I go home in May, that despite all protestation, I will probably give into the caffeine factor. Then come back to the States and have to face withdrawals. Its worth it.

So. Australia. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to going. I have to remember to ask for a "skinny latte" instead of "nonfat latte", that we walk on the "footpath", not the "sidewalk"... you get the idea. As much as you fight it, you can't help but pick up sayings and ways of doing things when you have been living in a foreign country for 2 years. 2 years... wow.


Technodoll said...

Times flies, doesn't it?

I'm amazed that you've adapted so well - I always feel lost when I travel to the States and I live next door! I just don't like it there... I don't feel safe and the lack of culture is scary.

But I digress.

Mmmm latte... anyway you want it, your taste buds will thank you!

I love my caffeine though.


Dr Sub said...

I don't understand why people drink non-fat decaf lattes. It's like ordering a pizza w/out the dough and tomato sauce.

Its Just Me - Daring to Dream said...

So soon? Thats great! Enjoy your time and your reconnection to your beloved country. You can take the girl out of her country, but you cant take that country out of the girl...and you shouldnt try...Enjoy your heritage and the time planning to return for a great visit!

Tea Lady said...

Thanks Technodoll!

Dr Sub: I enjoy the taste of coffee. Its not about the caffeine for me. I disagree with you about the pizza in the nicest way possible:)

Daring to Dream: exactly!