Not a coffee lover
The other day I went into one of the millions of little cafes they have in little old Dunedin. Now, I am not a coffee drinker by any means. The only “coffee” I like is an iced mocha caramel coffee from Dunkin Donuts and I only get that on a rare occasion. For some reason, I feel the need to order coffee whenever I go into a cafe or whatever. It must be some social pressure or image thing, I don’t know someone should do a study on that. Anyway, I approached the counter, kind of panicking because I knew whatever I ordered I wouldn’t like. The first thing I saw is what’s called a Long Black and not having a single clue what that was, I ordered it. I later looked up what it was and it’s apparently a New Zealand and Australian style of coffee that is a double shot of espresso poured over hot water. Who knew something so simple would take long to make, so when it finally came I was curious what it would taste like. Let’s just say straight white wine vinegar would have tasted better… Drink aside, the cafe (called A Dog with Two Tails) was really cool with a nice rustic vibe to it. Hey maybe I’ll make it back there and next time play it safe with a hot chocolate.
The point of this story is twofold. One, I don’t like coffee and I don’t think I ever will despite the amount of times I try it. But more importantly, it’s about trying new things. Even something as simple as wandering into a random cafe near the Octagon (the center of town here in Dunedin) and ordering something ridiculous off the menu, it’s all about putting yourself out there. Your study abroad experience is what you make it. It can be filled with incredible hikes with great views, terrible tasting coffee, or anything else of the billion of things Dunedin and New Zealand have to offer. It’s cliche, but it’s true. It’s all up to you.