A Heaven Minus Adam

Sri Lanka – March 2017

No coffee

No AC

No WIFI in the rooms!

No, it’s not hell, just a detox retreat 😂😉

The bright side?

Daily sunrise walk on a turtle nesting beach followed by Pilates, post breakfast massage treatments, post lunch “relax time “, and predinner yoga.

After surviving three days of splitting headaches and a state of constant lethargy I discovered I can live without my morning dose of caffeine and WhatsApp!

All in all I got a taste of hell and heaven, a heaven minus Adam 😉

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When we the picture with the waves turned out to be a picture with the rising tide.

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Colombo

This Cup of Coffee

This cup of coffee, the morning ☕️ is the “jewel of all coffees “..it has absolutely no match. It simply tastes different…forget the brew, forget the blend, it’s the whole experience…an experience one fails to recreate later on throughout the day; I’ve endeavored to duplicate it though…for a certain period of time I’ve been wondering with each sip of the magic brew whether it tasted as good as the earliest one only to admit the evident: regardless of the place, whether outdoor or indoor, sipping my first ☕️ in silence seems the most enjoyable mission . This recurrent daily small pleasure is one of the simplest and cheapest life enjoyment, it’s the ritual I look forward to when at night I close my eyes in bed , and despite the build up I’m never disappointed. It’s a selfish pleasure…no company needed…

One home requirement though: the mug…it should fit one specific style and shouldn’t be heavy, absolutely not…who wants to do weight lifting 🏋️‍♀️ in the morning?!

However I have to admit, my morning coffee is not the crowned King of all beverages … I have another daily ritual: the afternoon tea …and that’s another love story 🍵 ❤️😉😃

Arabic coffee @ The beach tent

Palace cappuccino sprinkled in real 24 carat gold flakes @ Le Café

  Emirates Palace Hotel – Abu Dhabi, UAE 🇦🇪

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Café liégeois- Liège, Belgium 🇧🇪

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Café gourmand 😋 @ Champs-Élysées, and @ Butte aux Cailles-Paris, France 🇫🇷

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Latte @ historic Demel Konditorei (1786)-Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹

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Capuccino italiano @ Villa d’Este – Como, Italy 🇮🇹

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Mochachino @ Mzaar Intercontinental- Kferzebian, Lebanon 🇱🇧

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Coffee with a spectacular view @ Alila – Jabal Akhdar, Oman 🇴🇲

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Tent service “ morning coffee @ campsite between Paro and Thimphu- Bhutan 🇧🇹

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“On cloud nine” coffee – A 380’s lounge, Etihad Airways 🌍

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Kopi Luwak AKA civet coffee – Bali, Indonesia 🇮🇩

It includes partially digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian civet. Coffee producers claim that this process improves the coffee due to the following:

⁃ selection as the civet choose to eat certain cherries only

⁃ digestion affects the composition of the coffee cherry

Although kopi luwak is a form of processing rather than a variety of coffee, it has been called one of the most expensive coffees in the world, with retail prices reaching US$700 per k