I see 2 barista girls come alive when a tall, cute customer comes in. They flirt with more energy than they've had in the last hour I've been here. I've been in their shoes so I know why they're acting the way they are. I'm not judging them, but relating - because I completely remember what that feels like.
I see a girl taking a photo of her boyfriend, who consciously poses by the window that shows a backdrop of the cafe. He has his sunglasses on and he looks really cool. It's probably for his instagram? His caption should be "I've been here. I am officially cool and like everyone else." I'm not a hater, I promise haha. I'm just pretty sure I'm right.
There's a man perpendicular to me, sitting with his laptop, maybe in his mid-30's, glancing over to see what I'm doing every 10 minutes or so. Every 5 minutes, he looks around at the cafe and observes other people. A part of me makes me think he's a writer, trying to get ideas of people's characters and inspiration for his new book or something. He doesn't think I'm watching him with the corner of my eye and he probably doesn't know that I'm a more experienced people watcher than he is. I don't mind him glancing over, but just not when I'm stuffing my double chocolate cookie in my face. Stop. I would make a funny face at him and tell him to stop, but I can't because that would make me a big fat hypocrite. Yup, I'm like a serial people watcher. At least I try to be subtle, sometimes.
There's a couple people on dates here and a couple people I have no idea what their occupations are and why or what they are doing here. I always get surprised when adults are sitting at a coffee shop mid-day, mid-week just like me. I guess I'm not that cool. I'm really jetlag, but I feel alive. It's probably the caffeine. I come to this coffee shop to jump out of routine, but it sort of is my routine. I love ironies, can't you tell? It's weird to come back from being in 3 countries in 2 weeks polar opposite than my own and then come back to my "own world." It feels strange, really strange. What is life? #Cultureshock #wandermilk