Creativity

The joy of sitting in a cafe and…..doing nothing

I moved to San Francisco recently. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for a long time, mostly in Mountain View though. I moved to SF about a year ago.

I’m still exploring the city. San Francisco is blessed with many different neighborhoods, each with its own unique character (and weather, really! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) It’s hard to compare one neighborhood with another. But I will say that so far, North Beach is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. I love the vibe, the numerous cafes dotting the sidewalk, the small family owned restaurants serving everything from pizzas to ice cream to cannoli to sandwiches. North Beach has traditionally been an Italian neighborhood, and a lot of stores and restaurants here continue to be owned and operated by Italian families who immigrated to SF a long time ago.

I love sitting and working in cafes. For me, a day well spent is often the fact that I went to a nice, cozy cafe at a good time, got myself a nice window seat, and enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee with a book.

Today, I stumbled into Caffe Greco in North Beach. And I loved it! I got a small little table next to the window. I could see the busy streets of North Beach from here. I could see families enjoying delicious pasta, complemented with glasses filled with red wine. I could see people reading books, while enjoying large cups of coffee. A couple next to me decided to enjoy a game of cards together ๐Ÿ™‚

And while I had come prepared with a book to read in the cafe, and was even carrying my laptop in case I decided to work, today happened to be one of those days when I just sat and enjoyed my coffee, taking in everything around me. I didn’t read. I didn’t work. I only pulled out my notebook (handmade by me of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ), to capture some stray thought every now and then. But for the most part, I just sat there and did nothing, soaking in the positive energy around me.

And it was truly delightful! ๐Ÿ™‚ And while yes, I could have been more productive, to me – this was as good as any other “time well spent”.

If you have the luxury of having cafes around where you live, I recommend trying this out, atleast once. You might just end up enjoying doing nothing too!

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