Brief Blog Hiatus: Family Matters and Travel

I had to fly home last Thursday due to an expected, yet unfortunate death in the family. As a result, I have been visiting with family and friends, with very little time to devote to writing blog posts.

By Wednesday, I hope to get back to publishing posts, although I will not be returning to my apartment or regular routine until after July 3rd. In the meantime, I appreciate your patience and understanding during this unexpected pause.

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A Short History of Coffee and Café Culture in Europe

For most writers the legal drug of choice is caffeine and it is often administered through a hot cup of coffee. Because of this, it’s no wonder why so many writers fall in love with Viennese coffee houses; so much so that it even spawned a genre of writing called “coffee house literature.” In addition to coffee houses being a place to read, write and unwind, café culture can also foster wide range of valuable social interaction that only costs the price of a cup of coffee to participate in.

In February of 2016, a “Starbucks on the go,” opened in the newly renovated train station in Graz, Austria. This coffee stand sits lonely, unstaffed in a book and magazine shop in the center of a city in a country that is obsessed with its café culture; it is not hard to see how little a brand-name stand has to offer the coffee house scene in Austria.

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