26.03.2013 - 26.03.2013 25 °C
In brazil it is the custom to drink tiny cups of coffe. Espresso? No, tiny cups of coffee a bit weaker than (weak) drip-coffee. Also, since there don't appear to be cups of porcelain/sustainable material made tiny enough (or, maybe because cups that small would be a drag to wash?), the coffee is served in plastic cups.
No matter if you are at a cafe or just drinking coffee at your hostel, thin, flimsy plastic it is, holding, oh, about a tablespoon or so. Flashbacks of flourtanten (the Swedish lady who comes to school and makes the kids rinse fluoride mouthwash once a week) occur with increasing frequency.
Well. Imagine our surprise, delight and utter, sheer happiness when we today visited a Turkish restaurant right next to our hostel and got "Turkish coffee" (without sugar, so modified Turkish coffee, but still). We were thrilled to see it served in actual little tiny cups of porcelain! They were white with little flowers painted on them! They had handles!
Also.. as if the touch of porcelain wasn't enough joy for one day...
... Wait for it..
Asia and I just about died and went to heaven. Today we have had our best cup of coffee yet on this entire trip. (That includes Argentina where expresso actually exists).
Wow. So. Happy.
We have also spent the whole morning kayaking around on the Atlantic coast outside of Paraty (where we are at the moment). As I think I have mentioned earlier, the water all along this coast is pretty rough, making it tough or impossibly dangerous to swim. Outside of Paraty, though, the coast is made up of mangrove forest and this, as well as a number of small islands and inlets, makes the water really calm at all times. "Never any waves here" said our guide, and he should know.
Anyway. Kayaking through a flooded mangrove forest (full moon tomorrow so the tide is higher than normal) was definitely one of the many highlights of this trip.
Coming home we took a quick rinse to get rid of the salt and then skipped to Istanbul -the Turkish restaurant right around the corner that we've been recommended. I had the best falafel I have ever had in my entire life. Fresh-baked brownies (with walnuts on top and gooey in the middle) came out if the oven jut as we were finishing our meal. And the coffee was so delicious I even finished the centimeter or so of grounds in the bottom of the cup.
It is now 16:34, and I have enough contentment and happiness inside of me to last about a week (or a year, give or take).
Outdoors, ocean, excercise, open air, wonderful-tasting and filling food, amazing brownie dessert and coffee to die for (AND all of this without getting too full and feeling sick(!) ) ...
Life is so good.