When I am traveling, you can divide the day into three eight hour periods. There is coffee time, beer time, and sleep. From the moment I wake up until my first beer, my hand is firmly clutched around a cup of coffee. I sometimes get a little sad after finishing my last sip knowing it will be 16 hours until my next cup of coffee. Since I am such a fiend, I have a ton of coffee fueled travel adventures to impart.
Three coffee fueled travel adventures
My first cup of coffee in Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. I stayed at the Alajuela Backpackers Hostel right near the airport just outside of the San José. I arrived early in the morning, so I was still in the 8 hour zone of coffee time when I arrived. After settling in, I went downstairs to enjoy the free Wi-Fi and coffee. One sip of the coffee, and I was in love. I always make a point to fill my backpack with local coffee in Costa Rica before leaving.
Talavera coffee cup in Puebla, Mexico
I am not a huge souvenir guy when I travel. I take a lot of pictures, and these constitute the majority of my keepsakes. While traveling in Puebla, I had the opportunity to visit a Talavera ceramic workshop. Ceramics is not my cup of tea, but it is my cup of coffee – literally. While on the tour I bought a beautiful Talavera coffee cup.
When I am not traveling, I often sit at home and drink delicious Gourmesso.com coffee out of my coffee cup bought in Mexico while wishing I was in places like Costa Rica or Mexico. It makes my experience in between trips a little more palatable.
Hitting coffee joints for Wi-fi
I can think of many different stories involved with stopping at coffee places to sneak a little Wi-Fi. My cross-country ski marathon trip last year involved stopping at many Tim Horton’s in order to plug in my google maps in order to not get lost.
I did the same thing in Colombia last year. While in Cartagena I stood outside the Juan Velez coffee shop and booked my hotel for the night and then entered the location on Wi-Fi. This was key as the meandering cobblestone streets of Cartagena are not so easy to navigate.
Even in the good old USA, I have been known to snag some Wi-Fi at coffee shops. Last time I traveled through Wisconsin, I found myself in a cell phone dead zone in southwestern Wisconsin. I stopped and had some McDonald’s coffee and hit the Wi-Fi.
Coffee is such an integral part of my life since it encompasses the same amount of time that I sleep. Whether I am traveling or at home, one-third of my existence is with a coffee cup in my hand.
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