After several days in the bustling city of Beijing, I was in need of some quiet, relaxing down time. My friend took me to The Book Worm, a western-style coffee shop/lounge/library in the Chao Yang district of Beijing where all the servers speak english and you can get typical american, brit and aussie fare. The atmosphere has a chill vibe- low lighting, customers reading or working on laptops while sipping lattes, indie rock music playing softly in the background, and floor to ceiling bookshelves on nearly every wall. For me, the experience was comparable to coming home after being away for a long time. Though it had been a few days, it was like walking into my house for the first time and suddenly realizing what I smell like to others-catching that first whiff that kind of defines who I am and how others perceive me. I found myself thinking, so this is what we are like. Let’s just say it was a bit of a homecoming.
I ordered 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream for 10 RMB (about a buck 50), sat back, relaxed and relished being in my tiny, yet spacious western oasis in the sweltering, cramped city of Beijing. It was good to be “home.”
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