Sunday, January 22, 2017
Before coming to Italy, I preferred tea over coffee. After four months of living in Italy, I consider myself a coffee person (even though I still enjoy my cups of Earl Grey). While I’ve been here, I’ve consumed cup after cup of cappuccinos and caffè lattes. Undoubtedly they are delicious, for they are some of the best you can get in the world.
I’ve found myself actually becoming addicted to coffee, something I didn’t think could actually happen. On vacation with my parents, we had coffee once or twice a day (at least). After returning from Florence, I promised myself I would cut back on coffee until Prague. I’m on day three of no coffee, and it’s been a challenge.
Part of the symptoms I’ve experienced due to a lack of coffee include:
- head aches
- lack of motivation and energy
- not feeling like I can properly start my day
Clearly, the symptoms aren’t very pleasant. I’ve tried to alleviate them by drinking lots of chamomile tea and water. It helps but doesn’t make them go away. My mom told me that one cup o’ joe a day isn’t terrible for you, and she’s right. What bothers me though is that I don’t feel like I can be productive without it. That’s the pattern I’m trying to break.
I know I’m going to drink lots of coffee in Prague and Kiev (Sasha & I have a whole list of coffee shops we want to go to). But when I return to Florence for spring semester, I am going to try and cut back. I’m going to do so by:
- drinking coffee every other day rather than every day
- drinking tea as a substitute for coffee
- cutting back on my weekly coffee budget
If you find yourself drinking coffee too much like me, set some small goals for yourself to cut back. I have to remind myself that I’m in Europe and should take advantage of the amazing coffee while I can. Once I’m back in the U.S., it’s back to drip coffee. And that’s just not the same. xo ~ e.