Adventures of a foreigner in the south of Brazil.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Staying awake on Easter Island

Easter Island is a rather nice place in the middle of a lot of ocean. Very nice people, good climate and let's not forget the statues. The food is also very good, south sea style with lots of local fish. But how does one stay awake after that sudden change in climate, coming from the continent? Me, I'll try coffee or, to be more specific, an espresso after lunch.

And here comes the snag: There is no espresso on this island. It is on the menus, you can ask for it, even plead. You can describe it and negotiate an agreement about the size of the cup. You will always, really always, get a normal-sized cup of filtered coffee that tastes like somebody's already had it. With a slight tang of something burning. Served with a big smile. I do feel a bit like Parzival, who, upon entering this sacred isle, unbeknownst insulted the guardian of the holy bean. Salvation awaits on the continent.