Sit and Stay
I recently traveled to the islands of Greece and strolled the narrow streets of Italy. The days spent enjoying the delicious coffee, the flakiest of pastries and all the shopping that these magnificent locations have to offer were magical. It was my goal to not only see the incredible sights but - just as important - to take in the culture. To see how people live, to obverse how they connect, and to find myself in the middle of how they do life across the pond.
My biggest lesson came no further than on my first stop to grab the most delicious Italian coffee.... and you can imagine after a long day of travel, that was my top priority. I gave my tourist identity away when I asked for my yummy cappuccino in a paper cup. The barista looked at me puzzled. Coffee in Europe is not meant to be a “take away” treat, but rather a “sit and stay” experience. Coffee is about connection; cute cafes are meant for lingering and the art of face-to-face moments are necessary. I was ashamed of my desire to get in and get out, and so I learned to embrace the idea of stopping daily to enjoy my coffee... sipping it out of the cutest of ceramic mugs at a table surrounded by conversation.
Somewhere in all our lives, we need to embrace the slow-down and learn to treasure the beauty that surrounds us. To enjoy coffee with a friend. And it doesn't have to be something fancy; it just has to be something intentional.