Posted by Sari
I bought a latte from Robert's Coffee on my way to work from the Buss station, and the smell of the coffee, the feel of the cup and even the little card you can collect stamps to get a free coffee made me forget all the unpleasant post 9/11 stuff and made me nostalgic for the States. (Though over the water they seem to prefer to punch holes through the cards rather than stamp them...) I bet Cherry is blooming in Princeton, all those American Gothic houses, neat bar-coded bonus cards you could attach to the key ring, bookstores, museums, PBS documentaries... ah well maybe in August, if they let me back in the country :-)
So when I got to work I surfed to by quondam colleague's webjournal for some vicarious cultural crossing and felt very vindicated that he found just about the same things baffling, annoying or just noteworthy as we did during our stay: the paralysing effect of creditlessness, Starbucks, the stone age banking system, the State of the Union speech...
I do have to admit I completely revised my opinion on something I found utterly baffling in the beginning: iced coffee. I used to write whole entries on bulletin boards on this ridiculous idea, but nothing, I tell you, nothing is as great on a hot day than a Starbucks Frappucino. If I could only get the coffee shops here make me something like that: not just a latte with ice-cubes but a coffee milkshake. Anyone know where to get one in Helsinki?