Been back from vacation for about a week, though just now re-emerging from general work/life catch-up mode. Been meaning to share a travel highlight:
I know it's hard to tell, but this is a latte with ice cream in it. Apparently it's pretty common over in Australia and in other parts of the world. Not a crappy frappucino or coolatta or anything like that. Real ice cream. For breakfast. Thanks to Tim for encouraging this order.
So, every Friday morning a good portion of Sydney's creative folk get together at Single Origin, a charming indoor/outdoor coffeehouse in Surry Hills. Gavin Heaton, aka @servantofchaos, is one of the original members of the gathering, one that's been going on for years now.
Sydney coffee mornings put all other coffee mornings to shame. First off, they meet every Friday (vs. our typical once/month). Second, loads of people come. Third, they get food not just drinks and sometimes ice cream. Great conversation too, as you can imagine from the action shot below.
It was great fun to meet the Aussie crew and hear about life on the other side of the pond. Good to talk politics with Tim, new Sydney jobs with Katie, Sydney job needs with Tom (nurses & hair stylists are in high demand for those looking for a visa) and the language barrier with Jye:
cell = mobile
double espresso = short black
cappuccino = flat white
appetizer = entree
quay = pronounced key (bus driver corrected me on that one)
An enormous thank you to Gavin for setting up a Thursday coffee morning in addition to the regular Friday one. The morning flew by and there were a bunch of people that I didn't get to talk to that I would've liked to (including hologram @juliancole), but I guess that just means I have to go back.
And I hope it goes without saying that you all can count on a personal Austin tour guide should you ever make it over this way. Again, thanks for a fantastic start to the trip.