Vacations, Coffee, and Me

I have this involuntary movement of browsing calendars searching for dates printed in red. When they fall on a weekend, I feel cheated. For purposes of this post, suffice it to say that I love vacations. Who doesn't, anyway?

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Afternoon Coffee at Cafe Duchi
Coffee is similar to a vacation depending on how you enjoy it. It gives you a break. Like a real break. It reenergizes you and makes you slow down allowing you to see more of what you look at.

During those years when I had been living life in the fast lane, never did I forget to savor each sip of my coffee. This began when I entered laboratory research. A cup of coffee while organizing my data, writing a scientific paper, or waiting for the verdict of a DNA amplification trial. I just realized that even if you have tons of things to do (with even more piling up), you can still find time for a cup of your favorite coffee. If you want it, you can find a way to get it. You can find time to fit it in. Then I thought, if I can do it with coffee, why not with a vacation?

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People have different reasons to travel, explore, and take some time off the busy world. I have my own fair share. To reflect on my purpose on earth? To ponder about the meaning of life? To know myself more?

Please.

Exploring a place isn't just being in the area physically; taking pictures of famous landmarks. One needs to experience the niche and learn more about it. How? Live with the people. That can give you the superior right to tell someone, "I know that place, I've been there!" How much do you know about the place? Sometimes it's better to go deeper than wider. This is not difficult, just a simple walk in a village early morning will reveal a lot. We've done this while in Bergamo during our stay in a resort and spa hotel in the comune of Rota d'Imagna. We learned not only about the place, food, and people. We learned about the way of life. And it all came up with just a short morning stroll. Fun and fulfilling.

Go visit your folks. Drive to the nearest beach. Camp out. Go fishing. Join a cruise. Stay at home. Take a road trip. Read a magazine then take a nap. Do everything in a leisurely pace. Each has his own idea of a perfect vacation, may it be simple fun or something extravagantly planned.

Vacation is a nearly lost art. Some people claim they're on a vacation but they bring part of their workload on the spot, get stressed thinking about the pile of paperworks left on their desk when they get back to office, feel guilty about the chores they might be doing back home instead, list goes on.

Again, please.

Even God rested on the 7th day. Don't feel guilty about leaving work for a couple of days. You know you do your job well, you work hard, and now it's time to treat yourself. We can rest after working hard, it's not a sin.

Make your vacation an authentic one. Time is too precious not to use on true, rewarding vacations.

46 comments:

  1. hello Lea
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm member number one on your blog, I hope you get lucky :)
    best wishes

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  2. Hi Lea,
    just come onto your blog after finding your comment on mine. You made me smile when you said that coffee 'reenergizes you and makes you slow down allowing you to see more of what you look at'.
    That is what being Christian has done for me. I love writing about my experiences, and feel it is absolutely a vocation. I know that God is more real than anything else, and know that there is purpose attached to every single thing that happens to every single person in this world. There is a book by quantum physicist Greg Braden called 'Walking between two worlds'. I have not read it, and have no idea what it is about, but the title reminds me of my life in Christ. There is something far greater than anything anyone could imagine offered to all, and it can only be found in Jesus, which you probably already know if you are Christian. I love where you say about going deeper as opposed to going wider, it is the difference between knowing and knowing of.

    nice to meet you.

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Brenda. Yes, I'm Christian. There is always this space in our heart which only Christ can fill. Unless we let Him in, we will never be complete.

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  3. Impressive story about the holiday.
    I'm not on holiday, my husband who is already four times a short bike holiday, I hope that together we and our dog at the end of this year to go away.
    Picture looks beautiful and appetizing.
    Greeings Irma

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    1. Thanks, Irma! I do hope my dog can join me in a vacation, too. We still have a lot of training to do, he's always excited at almost everything.

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  4. Totally agree with the last sentences :) They arte the real truth!
    Would like to follow each other? :)
    Xoxoxo

    Carolina

    www.the-world-c.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you for your comment :) Following you on GFC now :)
    Kisses,

    sissly.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Lea, and thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting! I enjoy creating and my mind sometimes whirls with possibilities! My husband is a fire fighter (twenty-five years and still serving) and I myself am a Navy veteran; I know full well the sacrifices that so many have made. Thank *you* and your husband for your service to our country!!

    Hugs,
    Denise :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Thanks to you, too and to your husband for your selfless service. Kudos to you for serving in the Navy! :)

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  7. Hi Lea. Thanks for visiting me at my blog and commenting, so that I could find you. Loved what you had to say about vacations and coffee! I love them both. New follower!

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  8. Hi Lea, nice coffee..have a wonderful day to you..

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    1. Thanks, Krisno! Have a good one, too.

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  9. nice blog^^ really!
    I believe that you'd love mine too

    http://stylishlifeby.blogspot.co.uk
    A.:*

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  10. Hi Lea - These are really nice vacation ideas - and I certainly always find time for coffee :)
    -Kim

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  11. That croissant looks yummy! :) I love your definition of travel - living with the people and really getting to know the place. That's why I love little out of the way spots!

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    1. It's a cioccolato croissant we usually get from a mall nearby where we live here in Italy. Currently stationed overseas. I agree, the out of the way spots lead to more adventures. Thanks, Stacy!

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  12. Ciao Lea grazie per la visita e piacere di conoscerti!
    A presto!

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  13. vacation was fun and I also love coffee
    thanks if you can vacation on the island of Moyo
    I hope you can clone rare animals in the island of Moyo

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    1. I haven't tried cloning animals yet :) I hope all the animals in Moyo Island would be preserved, both aquatic and terrestrial.

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  14. Excellent ideas!! I do agree with you .. & love coffee too :)

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  15. Thank you for giving me permssion. I'll tell my boss you said so...

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  16. Hello Lea!
    While I can not drink coffee, this is the same for me with tea or cocoa.
    It calms or energises me, whatever my body needs right at that moment. :)
    Also... a vacation can be everything in my humble opinion... from a cold weekend just reading & snuggling in bed, up to a daytrip to the nearest city to go shopping.

    P.S.: Thank you for the follow, I like your blog & sure will do back.

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    1. It could as simple as staying at home and doing everything in a leisurely pace. Thanks, PinkPanthress!

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  17. Obrigado pela visita,desejo lhe felicidades.

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  18. Aloha Lea,

    Thanks for the follow and I am doing the same, too.

    I love vacations - especially when I live somewhere like Hawaii and every weekend *can* be a vacation *if* we have the time and the funds :)

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    1. We can have vacations even at our own homes. Living in Hawaii sounds like a vacation to me already. Thank you, Mark!

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  19. Hi Lea ok?
    Thanks for being part of my group of friends!
    I drink coffee in the morning and night.
    Coffee and good for the awakening of laziness.
    I travel on vacation to see regions of Brazil
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    A strong hugs and kisses

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    1. I'd love to set foot on Rio de Janeiro. Thank you, Osmar!

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  20. that coffee and cakes seem so delicious :)

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  21. Ah, your post makes me think it's time to plan another getaway. Fully agree with going deeper vs wider. Spent 3 weeks in Rhodes 2 years ago and 3 weeks in the Netherlands 4 years ago - wonderful; we avoid organized tours and cruises and find our own way. Great way to meet people (and you discover that we're all so very similar, all over the world !).

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    1. I agree, RIck.. we are similar in a lot of things. Thank you!

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