I regularly meet a fellow writer friend for coffee and chitchat when I am in the Pacific Northwest. We schedule it early in the day so as to fit it in to our schedules, which in itself could be a laugh as we are both retired. I mean, really, ‘schedules’ when you are retired??“Slow down, you move too fast,gotta make the morning last. . .”-- Paul Simon, The 59th Street Bridge Song
We never worry about overstaying the 1.5 hour free parking limit where we rendezvous because frankly, we don’t have time to exceed it – there’s always another appointment or commitment that one of us needs to get to. We sip steaming beverages served in paper cups imprinted with Starbucks logos, giving little attention to our surroundings.
We aren't quite as hurried as others who rush in and ‘grab and go’ – we can now use our mobile device to order our coffee prior to our arrival at this coffee shop chain. No waiting. In and out and on our way. Who has time to linger?
That rushed approach to both having coffee and living life seems normal, the ‘American way’.
|Coffee on the island of Poros, Greece|
|Coffee shop corner in Heraklion, Crete|
It has taken a bit of time to adapt to this cultural phenomenon of relaxing and slowing the pace over coffee. I mean, sitting at a table, long after your cups are empty, sipping a glass of water (that is always provided with the coffee in Greece), just isn’t the norm in the States. Yet, here, it seems almost an insult to the establishment to rapidly consume your beverage and then jump up and leave.
|Kafenion in the Greek Peloponnese|
|Maestros café - Kardamyli, Greece|
Siga, siga, (slowly, slowly) that is changing. After all, what did we really have to do in Greece that would cause us to rush off from anywhere? And why is it that ‘busy’ seems the acceptable by-word in the States, but here we are learning contentedness in sitting and smelling, the
|Kaefenion - Agios Nikolaos, Peloponnese, Greece|
An added bonus is that Freda always has an answer to our questions, of which we usually have a few.
|An afternoon at Freda's - siga, siga|
|We buy from this fellow as often as possible|
|Watching the street scene - Agios Nikolaos, Peloponnese|
|Agios Nikolaos - Peloponnese|
|The bus comes through town three times a day - Agios Nikolaos|
I was glad to learn I wasn’t the only one who enjoys that bus. The photo below was taken on another afternoon coffee outing, when we had new friends who were visiting from the United States join us for an afternoon coffee at another favorite hangout of ours, Molos Bistrot, next to Freda’s. It was the oncoming bus – not the caffeine – that jolted them out of their seats with cameras in hand.
|Here comes the bus!|
We thank you for being here with us for another serving of Greek tales and hope to see you back again. Until then, safe travels to you and yours.
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