Just like everyone in Seinfeld congregated at the diner, and everyone from How I Met Your Mother met up at the pub, I, too, seem to seek out a common hangout that I can use to meet up with friends. It turns out that I’ve had several favorite hangouts now all over the world — all places that allowed for relaxed mornings or chilled-out evenings and plenty of opportunity for chatting.
It you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might see me occasionally mentioning my love for The Little Gem Cafe near my apartment in Sydney. It. is. spectacular. From the first day that we walked in, my boyfriend and I were met with the friendliest couple of owners ever (and the customer service is beyond Aussie standards).
To make it even better: the coffee is excellent, and the food is cheap!
Little Gem has become my favorite place in Australia (outside of travel life), and we often use it as a meet-up joint for both Pat’s friends and my own.
While writing about my favorite haircut in Bishkek, I was reminded of the Kondor, a place where my Russian-learning mates and I would meet up to order rather large mugs of pivo (beer) served by Zamira. I want to say it was Baltika 7, but the exact type now eludes me. Beer aside, I loved their fried lagman!
Many hours after language classes were spent shooting the shit in their outdoor courtyard, a place that left us feeling secluded from the somewhat strange world we were living in at the time.
My Ukraine life was a weird one, and we sometimes spent a late (and smokey) evening hanging out at Afto Pizza since it was on our little island of Rusanovka. The pizza was definitely so-so, but the friends and conversations were priceless.
I think I already mentioned that Double Coffee became a temporary hangout while I was traveling in the Baltic countries. It was almost comforting to see the sign off in the distance.
Oh, and let’s not forget Menorca, Spain, where every weekend was started off at the awesome Vida bar.
Hey, they gave us free shots on the first night there. How can that not warrant a return?
There are so many places in this world that hold special memories for me. I know it is only day 16, but this daily photo and blog post project is rocking my world. The travel memory triggers are helping me to relive the moments I can’t live right now.