Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Outings: Espresso Royale

Espresso Royale - East Lansing (7 September)
  • Been here a couple times for French convo tables last year (or was it two years ago?); but never came to study, ordered anything, or stayed a while to get a real feel for its atmosphere
  • Came here straight from church; Sundays = sleep + study; just decided not to retreat to my dorm room this time and try a change of scenery
  • Open setup, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, warm-colors, plenty of natural light during the day, right across from campus... I see now why this place attracts so many people
  • Would've tried their vanilla matcha latte but they were out of matcha (really?), among other things apparently
  • Sea Mist Sencha (yay loose leaves!) + Vegan zucchini bread
  • Spent an hour watching "Going My Home" for Japanese class
  • Spent another two and a half hours watching Letters from Iwo Jima for another class; one of the longest films I've ever watched, but also one of the most nuanced and well-made war films I've ever watched
  • Yay for "American" films spoken in Japanese! And yay for war films that don't bore me to tears and aren't simply about Americanssupposedlysbeingbetterthaneverybodyelse!
  • Cute chalkboard sign behind the counter that read: "Welcome Back! We missed you. Coffee. Study. Sleep. Repeat"; sums up my life except for the coffee part

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