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“Coffee shops are used to fight the monotony and boredom of social life.
From 1661 when an Indian called Budan brought the coffee to Amsterdam, the seeds for establishing coffee shops were planted. People started to use coffee shops for drinking this “magic” potion and exchange ideas, gain knowledge, and comment about everyday life. Generally to socialize freely! Coffee shops were not only serving coffee to the people. They were serving people offering coffee and the right atmosphere enabling them to open to one another. Coffee shops firstly became the places of awaking. Then when the concept of awaking started to affect the ruling class, coffee shops were penetrated with manipulative strategies. But till today, manipulation intensity is low there! We, the people, manage to purify the atmosphere by inventing new ways to communicate and awake each other.
I will share two stories that happened at the coffee shop I usually drink my morning coffee.
After the first quarantine and while we still have a lockdown after 11 pm, visiting the coffee shop was more than a ritual! I felt that the majority of us were coming there to feel awakened after a long sleep! We were starting to rediscover the significance of visiting a coffee shop.
One of those days, I wanted to make the atmosphere more alive and started playing the capital cities game! Capital cities game is the game of geography and imagination and further of inspiration and awareness. You say the country’s name and ask the people to tell their capital city!
That was the game I used to play with my children with the companion of the atlas.
We were looking at the atlas contemplating the position of the countries and learning the names of their capital cities. Then, at the second stage, the atlas was closed, and the blank paper entered the game!
I started to draw the shape of only one country and then asked my children to let me know which countries were bordering that specific country and what are the names of their capital cities. As they slowly found the answers, I transferred my pen through the imaginative ocean and asked them about other continents’ countries and capitals.
When I started the game at the coffee shop, my dear human beings serving the coffee began to react and started to play the game. We “found out” about Australia capital-Canberra, Venezuela’s-Caracas, Chile’s-Santiago, Turkey’s-Istanbul, Romanian-Bucharest, Peru’s-Lima, Nederlands-Amsterdam, India’s-New Delhi, Pakistan’s-Islamabad, Malaysia’s-Kuala Lumpur, Ireland’s-Dublin, Serbia’s-Belgrade, Cyprus-Nicosia till the moment where a beautiful young lady asked about the capital of Madagascar!
I must say that she found my “Achilles tendon!” I did not know, even that my mind immediately went to the story of an Italian friend of mine who adopted the child from Madagascar! But, still, in vain, I could not recall the name of the capital!
So, we agreed to open the internet and find out!
So we were delighted! Valentina, that is her name, that she found a capital I did not know, and me that I learned it!
The result was that we all, including our dear friend George, were wholeheartedly smiling and enjoying these beautiful, highly human moments where we did not talk about “flattening the curve” and counting bad things but learning new positive, inspirational information!
Inspirational as by mentioning all these capital cities we were initiating imagination and dreams how life should be! Contrary to all those that want us desperate and in fear! But the story did not finish here!
The next morning I came to the same place, and Valentina and George greeted me with broad smiles and happiness one can easily feel when all is genuine! Then it happened!
Valentina’s beautiful hand went into the pocket of her trousers where she took one piece of paper! She smiled. Her sweet, humble, human, genuine smile disarmed me, and I was waiting to see what happens next.
She asked me: ” So, what is the capital of Madagascar?” Hahaha. I forgot!
I said that I had forgotten!
She took the paper and read it-Antananarivo!
I was, and I am still impressed with her zeal to play and contribute to our psychological, human well-being! Both George and I were utterly and positively amazed by her attitude and way of thinking! Antananarivo became the code name for initiating all that human, genuine friendship between us! Valentina is the name not to be forgotten!……..”
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Darko Richard Lancelot
“Quarantine Diaries and Beyond” eBook First edition 22/11/2021
eBook ISBN: 978-9925-594-57-3
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