Study vacation, or affectionately known as STUVAC, is a time both loved and hated by university students. Being the week before exams, students love STUVAC because it is a precious week where they digest and learn 90% of the course material. It is also a painful time because books must be flipped and lecture slides must be printed in order for those wondrous epiphanies to happen. Many choose to spend this precious period in the library or their private homes. I am not a big fan of university libraries as they are always occupied by horny uni kids trying to sniff out the relationship status of the hot guy/girl studying next to them, or testing out the latest pick up lines on the potential study (et al) buddy. How romantic. Studying at home is normally blissful, but speedy internet and TV can get in the way of supreme productivity. So today, I decided to put a stop to my hermit status, packed the books and laptop and headed to one of my favourite cafes for a bit of STUVAC escapade.
Pablo & Rusty's Espresso Bar is a boutique coffee house in Sydney, and can be found in Gordon, Epping, Lane Cove and Olympic Park. Sydney is full of cafes claiming that they make the best coffee in town. Sure, pufferies may fool the ignorant, but they will not fool my acute tastebuds. My tastebuds have kindly informed me that Pablo & Rusty's coffee is one of the top three coffees around town, the other two being Toby's Estate and Campos.
So today I ordered my usual skim flat white to accompany organic sourdough toast with home made strawberry jam, oh, and some textbook readings of course. The feeling of sipping the flat white is comparable to inhaling fresh country air after a night of torrential downpour... just so wakening.
The sourdough's golden buttery crunch serves as a unique complement to the sweet, thick homemade strawberry jam. Just the perfect light brunch or snack during some intense readings.
Needless to say, the coffee and the sourdough were demolished in no time. I knew I needed another coffee and decided that a good night's sleep warranted a decaf skim latte. Look at that simple but elegant barista art.
The soft pop music background, the sporadic laughs, the awakening whiffs of espresso and the occasional baby cry made study that much more interesting. They are constant reminders that knowledge is gained to serve others. Exams aren't frightening at all because it's a noble thing to use your knowledge to become someone useful in the community. Make your exam study fun by perhaps studying in a cafe! Bestest of luck in all your upcoming exams.