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Why Starbucks coffee tastes like travel

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Why Starbucks coffee tastes like travel

(CNN) — On most days I am loyal to my locally owned coffee shop. I spent years working as a barista myself, pulling shots of espresso and pouring silky steamed milk into ceramic mugs — a wiggle of the wrist to finish it off with a snow-white pattern in caramel-colored foam. My fellow third-wave coffee crafters and I would cringe if someone ordered a tall instead of a small.

But I have a confession to make: On a recent long walk, on a day when I couldn’t bear to look at the walls of my apartment for another moment, I wound up at Starbucks ordering a grande dark roast through a window facing the sidewalk.

Britany Robinson on her pre-pandemic road trip through Utah.

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From a makeshift walk-thru, designed for this time when entering any establishment is fraught with new rules and health risks, I received the satisfying weight of 16 ounces of sloshing, predictably burnt-tasting coffee.

Like most of the world, I’ve been “socially isolated” at home for several months, and I haven’t ventured far from my neighborhood. As I sipped from that little hole in the plastic lid, memories from “before times” came to me: The airport Starbucks with my best friend at the start of our vacation to New Orleans; the late afternoon iced Americano from a grocery store Starbucks after rock-climbing in central Oregon; the last-stop-Starbucks in the Columbia River Gorge, with 150 miles left to reach home after road-tripping through Utah.

You see, I don’t necessarily like Starbucks. But sometimes I love Starbucks, because it tastes and feels like travel.

There are over 15,000 Starbucks across the United States. The foam is too foamy for latte art, but the coffee is fresh and the Wi-Fi always works. Along the highways and byways of my travels, which involve more gas stations than airports, the green mermaid has become a dependable marker of having made it another long way.

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Outrunning the storm

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Often it’s the thrill of finding our way that sticks with us, says Britany Robinson.

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It was December, two years ago, the last time I drove across the United States. On day three of the return trip, I had plans to visit Chicago, but a threatening smear of purple appeared on my weather app’s satellite; a snowstorm was coming.

At a gas station, I consulted my atlas, pressing down the curled corners to draw a gloved finger along alternate routes.

I would need to push forward, and quickly. If I skipped Chicago and made it to Iowa City that night, then hit the road extra early the next morning, I could outrun the storm.

Ten hours later, I found myself in the modern industrial space of a crowded Iowa City brewery, watching a wedding party loosen their ties and shake out their perfect curls while ordering shots with the biggest smiles. I ordered a veggie burger, shouting it over some pop music, then sipped on my beer while stealing glances at the festive group.

Some of them were probably from out of town, too. But in each other’s presence, they all looked at home. Eventually the bride and groom arrived, and everyone erupted in cheers.

“I don’t necessarily like Starbucks. But sometimes I love Starbucks, because it tastes and feels like travel. ”

Writer Britany Robinson

I felt a bit lonely, sitting at a bar with no one to talk to and so much celebration around me. But I also cherish these opportunities to watch and listen, unnoticed. My shoulders slowly relaxed from hours behind the wheel, and I let my loneliness mix with the satisfaction of anonymity and the cold, biting hops of my IPA, made here in this unfamiliar place, surrounded by lives that had no intersection with my own until then.

That night I slept at a Motel 6 — the orange walls and white sheets are another familiar comfort on road trips. Motel 6 is my go-to because my dog stays for free. And they’re generally clean, besides the faint smell of cigarette smoke, which is also somehow part of the charm.

My alarm went off the next morning when it was still dark. I shouldered my backpack, leashed my dog, and I shuffled into the frosted asphalt to scrape a thin layer of ice off my windshield.

With the heat cranked I set off, my eyes held open by urgency alone. I needed coffee. A couple hours later, an over-easy egg of a sun peeked over corn fields, and with it, an exit sign. Starbucks: Five miles.

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Life on the road

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Motel 6 — dogs stay for free.

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I arrived just as I was losing the adrenaline of the morning’s rush to beat the storm, and felt giddy for that dark wood interior, its packed pastry case and hurried staff in green aprons, filling cups behind the counter.

“Looks like it’s going to snow today,” said the young woman behind the register. I told her I was traveling and hoped it would miss me. “You better get a move on, then,” she advised. And I did, with a grande coffee in hand.

Cutting north, flat corn fields rose into hills and then mountains speckled with snow and dark evergreens. I snacked on gas station gummy worms and trail mix.

My coffee was barely warm when I made it to the Black Hills, where I saw a herd of wild horses grazing in the distance. Hours passed and hundreds of miles, songs repeated on my playlists, and eventually a purple sky turned navy and the world shrunk back to the width of my headlights.

It was one of those travel days when I was caught between missing home and a desire to continue on with the thrill and bizarre monotony of life on the road.

It’s on these stretches when the act of travel is a salve between one world and another; a reminder that much is the same, even when everything is different. Those stretches are a chance to live in a moment as time and space blur by.

Joy in the journey

So many of us are longing for travel right now — a common desire, deepened by the restrictions of stay-at-home orders and consideration for the common good.

But in sipping on a Starbucks, not far from home, it occurred to me that it’s rarely the postcard moments that stick with us. It’s the movement, the incremental progress of a long travel day, punctuated by inconveniences and discomforts but also the thrill of finding our way.

The elements of travel that call to me now are the ones that can seem lonely, boring, or stressful when I’m living through them. But those moments are opportunities to let our thoughts stretch out to fill the unfamiliar cracks — to allow curiosity and observation to replace discomfort.

I am not suggesting we all rush to Starbucks to fulfill our yearning for travel. Mediocre chain coffee might not scratch that itch for you.

I am suggesting we look for chances to linger between point A and point B, to open our windows, to savor the details, even when they’re not all great. Because eventually, we’ll leave this place and be in the next.

Even without travel, we must find joy in the journey.

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‘Saya menjual empat’ – Sladen Ibrahimovic mengolok-olok krisis cedera Liverpool

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Sladen Ibrahimovic terlihat bersenang-senang dalam krisis cedera pertahanan Liverpool saat tampil di hadapan publik pada upacara San Remo di Italia.

Mantan striker Manchester United itu akan menghadiri festival musik peringatan 80 tahun mulai 2-6 Maret.

Pada malam pembukaan, dia tidak bisa menahan serangan mantan rivalnya dan kesengsaraan mereka musim ini.

Pemain berusia 39 tahun, yang muncul di atas panggung, bercanda bahwa dia mengadakan festival sendiri dan menginginkan panggung yang lebih besar seperti lapangan San Siro.

Dengan 27 penyanyi di Festival San Remo, Ibrahimovic Cahaya Liverpool Daftar cedera ketika dia menyarankan untuk menjual empat artis sehingga mereka dapat menjadi tuan rumah turnamen 11V11 di atas panggung.

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“Pertama, ada 22 penyanyi di Sloton Festival,” ucapnya. “Sebelas lawan sebelas kalau tidak, itu tidak akan dikendalikan.

“Saya menjual empat karena ada 27 penyanyi dalam kompetisi, Liverpool mencari bek, jika tidak, saya taruh mereka di taman dan biarkan mereka bekerja.

“Aturan kedua adalah tentang platform, yang tidak bagus, itu dibuat untuk orang kecil seperti Anda (ditujukan untuk menjamu Amadeus).

“Saya membutuhkan 105 x 68 meter seperti San Siro, jika tidak festival akan dibatalkan untuk saya.”

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Twain mencoba Terapi Bekam Johnson “The Rock”

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“Kami hanya mendapatkan satu tubuh, jadi kami harus menjaganya.”

Kembar “Batu” Johnson telah menemukan cara baru untuk merawat tubuhnya. Ia mengungkapkan bahwa ia baru pertama kali mencoba terapi bekam dan itu bukan pengalaman yang buruk.

“Cupper இங்கே untuk pertama kalinya di sini,” tulisnya di Instagram. “Kedengarannya jauh lebih lembut daripada yang saya rasakan, tetapi secara keseluruhan saya menikmati perawatannya.”

The Rock berbagi selfie di punggungnya yang menunjukkan beberapa lingkaran merah di tulang punggungnya sebagai hasil dari perawatan bekam.

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“Itu memengaruhi segalanya, jadi menjadi aktif itu sangat penting,” lanjut The Rock. “Kami hanya mendapatkan satu tubuh, jadi kami harus menjaganya.”

Beberapa hari lalu, The Rock terungkap Dia sedang dalam pemulihan dari beberapa cedera“4 operasi lutut, paha depan robek dari pinggul saya, pecandu robek dari pinggul saya, operasi hernia tiga kali lipat, cacat tendon Achilles, [complete] Rekonstruksi Bahu, 3 [lower] Hernia diskus posterior, [and] 2 [lower] Kemudian gangguan disk. “

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Jay-Hope mengejutkan penggemar dengan versi lengkap lagunya ‘Blue Side’

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PTS ‘J-Hope merilis mixstep solonya Hope World Pada 2 Maret 2018. Untuk merayakan hari jadi tiga tahun Hope World, J-Hope Telah merilis versi diperpanjang dari outro asli album “Blue Side”. Versi baru “Blue Side” sangat mengagumkan B.D.S. Para fans, dan fans merayakan jalannya Hope World Di media sosial.

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J-Hope merilis mixstepnya di ‘Hope World’ 2018

PTS memiliki tujuh anggota: Jin, Suka, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, dan Junguk. RM, Suka dan J-Hope membentuk lineup rap band, dan Jin, Jungook, Jimin dan V adalah lineup vokal band.

Hope World Adalah mixstep solo pertama J-Hope. Album ini akan dirilis di KST pada tengah malam pada 2 Maret 2018 dan EST pada 1 Maret 2018 pukul 10 pagi. Hope World Ada tujuh lagu: “Hope World,” “POP (Piece of Piece), Pandit. 1, “” lamunan “(; Bagilmong), “” Garis Dasar, “” Hangsong “(catatan. Pergi ke Tertinggi),” Penerbangan, “” Sisi Biru (Atro). ”

“Imajinasi saya selalu membuat video musik dan menampilkannya dengan musik yang saya buat. Saya ingin memasukkan cerita saya sendiri ke dalam musik dan membagikannya kepada dunia, ”kata Jay-Hope Majalah Time Di tahun 2018.

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J-Hope merilis versi tambahan dari ‘Blue Side’ di PDS ‘SoundCloud

Pada 10:02 EST pada 1 Maret, J-Hope men-tweet link ke versi baru “Blue Site” di akun Twitter bersama BTS. Dalam tweet ini, Jay-Hope membagikan foto seni sampul untuk lagu tersebut dan bahwa Eddie Kong merancang seni tersebut.

Seperti Outro aslinya, “Blue Side” diproduksi oleh His Noise dan Adora. Jay-Hope, His Noise, dan Adora menulis lagu tersebut. Versi diperpanjang dari “Blue Side” telah dibagikan di BTS ‘SoundClute, yang memungkinkan Anda untuk mendengarkan lagu-lagu ARMY secara gratis.

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Dalam sebuah posting di BTS ‘ Blog, Jay-Hope membagikan alasannya merilis “Blue Side”.

“Itu hanya menjadi perhatian kami saat itu. Sudah 3 tahun sejak Mixstep dipanggil Hope World Diterbitkan. Saat itu, saya ingat sedang terburu-buru mendengarkan musik saya, ”tulisnya dalam blog yang diterjemahkan dalam bahasa Inggris.

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Rapper BDS berbagi bahwa dia ingin menunjukkan kedewasaannya dalam menulis lagu dan keterampilan bermusik sejak rilis pertama Hope World Di tahun 2018.

“Meskipun ini masih sebuah lagu, saya ingin menunjukkan bahwa saya mendapatkan sedikit kedewasaan musik, dan itu dirilis dengan keinginan yang kuat untuk terus kembali dengan tantangan, pertumbuhan dan perkembangan,” tulisnya.

Fans PDS menanggapi tentang ‘Blue Sight’

Ledakan asli “Blue Side” berdurasi kurang dari dua menit, tetapi lagu perpanjangan baru J-Hope berdurasi lebih dari tiga menit. Di media sosial, penggemar BDS mengungkapkan kebahagiaan mereka atas rilis baru J-Hope.

Menulis penggemar Reddit, “Apakah ini kehidupan nyata ??? Dia memberi kami versi penuh Situs Biru ??? Aku menangis gembira, aku baru saja menyebutkan kemarin bahwa lagu ini sangat rendah !!! ”

“Saya menyukai versi BlueSite ini. Suara hobi semanis sebelumnya & lagunya, rap dan perubahan instrumennya membuat lagu itu lebih baik (menurut saya tidak mungkin, aslinya sangat indah), ”tulis seorang pengguna Reddit.

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