Adventure Four

I'm once again excited to bring you a once monthly feature called 'The City and a Cup of Joe' where I venture into coffee shops in New York City with my camera, a fine tip sharpie, and my thoughts to keep me entertained. It's not a formal review, because I'm not much of a coffee snob, but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway.

I first visited Nero Doro months and months ago at the beginning of the school year with Alli. We went to the Salvation Army and stopped into this cafe on the way to back to campus. I visited again myself on Thursday.


It's odd how that felt like just yesterday. Alli and I adjusting to our new home, waking up to classes, painting for the first time. I'm becoming more sentimental about leaving, but really restless to get up and just go. The last months have been hard. I'm that person who, once I've decided to change, I want to quickly close that last chapter and move on. I have loved this year and this city, but I'm ready to start over again. 

Cherish this time in New York. I know. I know. 

I brought a book to read at the cafe, but spent most of the time reading the New York Times on my phone and staring out the window. Classon is a quieter street and the patrons of the cafe were calm, but alive. A pretty blonde woman discussed Miley Cyrus with a fellow with bad posture in a plaid shirt. A guy flirted at the counter with the barista and a businessman talked on his cellphone and a student in a tie-dye shirt worked on his computer. 

I like that I can sit in a coffee shop and stare out a window with myself and be fine. I think that's the best thing this year has taught me. To be comfortable with myself and ease into my surroundings and just be enough. 




I wanted to write more of a reflection on this year but can't quite do it yet. Or at all. This is all I have to say for now. That I love New York and am ready to start the next adventure and that I love the silence of my own company. I think that's pretty wonderful by itself. 

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  • Kara H May 2, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Thank you! Your blog is SO lovely too! I love it’s name. <3

  • Megan May 1, 2011, 11:29 am

    Mmmm that coffee looks so good! I just found your blog and I love it!

  • Breanna April 30, 2011, 8:15 pm

    I love being able to sit and be content with myself. Enjoy your time in New York while there. :)

  • Patty April 30, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Lovely, and well put Kara. You did it, you made it in NY and like I say(and many others say) you can now make it anywhere. Just like the song goes why of course! I look forward to hearing all about your Portland adventures. Sad to see you go but oh so happy for you and what the future has to bring for you.

  • Joy April 30, 2011, 2:16 am

    I love this series! Great read.


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