If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m tired of this cold. Both the cold outside (it’s barely above freezing at night now) and the cold that I’ve been carrying around in my respiratory tract for the past couple of weeks. I’m pretty sure they’re connected. Covering my cough, I’d offer you a seat in safe distance from me and my pile of tissues, but still in hearing distance, of course, and mention that I’m trying a new (to me) type of coffee. And yes, I did buy it initially because the packaging design is pretty retro:
It’s “Indian” coffee manufactured for the East-European market, and I bought it in a teeny tiny shop in Germany. (If you can read the Russian writing on the can, do feel free to put a translation in the comments!) Carbon-footprint-wise, this coffee is probably a gargantuan nightmare. Flavor-wise… it’s really tasty. For instant coffee, it’s surprisingly good — very smooth, virtually no acidity, and not bitter either. Like instant cold-brew, almost, if there was such a thing.
I’d tell you about my weekend-trip to London, too, of course. I went to the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, and it’s a good thing I brought a tote bag because I ended up buying quite a few books. You’ll hear about most or all of them in the near-ish future. There were about seventy-something different publishers / small presses / journals represented, and I looked at every single one of their tables. In retrospect I’m glad I didn’t take more money with me because I would have bought more books than I could have brought back in my hand-luggage. So much interesting / fun / unusual stuff! I also made a new friend and visited the Southbank Poetry Library. If you go to London and you’re into poetry, you should stop by there — it’s an impressive collection of poetry books / chapbooks / recordings and also books about poetry.
Before leaving England again, I made sure to have one of my favorite English foods — I stopped by a chip shop for cod roe, chips and mushy peas. Battered, fried cod roe is not for the faint of heart, but so, so good with malt vinegar! It’s got to be still hot or it won’t taste right. I’ll add a picture here once I get the photos off my camera. (I only took like 5 pictures while in England, but that’s one of them…)
How was your week, then?