The world is your oyster

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Coffee_Me’s anticipation of introduction each coffee companion can be compared with one starting a rise on the mountain in total darkness and cold shivering through the bones in order to see the sun rise or watching the dance of magnetic fields of northern lights, I have experienced neither of those:) but I could at least relate to the excitement:) I might disagree with that once I do at least one of the experiences but for now let it rest on the same level of my imaginative mind . Meet:

Mr. R-O-B

I met this gentleman at some stranger’s house where a late lunch was taking place on the 2nd day of this year. I was invited there by my one of my earlier coffee_me companions that practically is a stranger too, since that was my 3rd time seeing him. What an exciting life I’m leading:) But it gives me an opportunity to meet these amazing people with their incredible life paths, it’s like catching a train and instead of travelling straight to the destination I get off at each stop on the way and admire the beauty and uniqueness of each spot.

Rob’s life started in the north side of the island (Scotland), while growing up he began his descent down to the south step by step, even in London he chose the south of the city as his permanent place of residence. Upon finishing Cultural Studies degree at Liverpool University he decides to move to Cape Town (“ Dream woman in city form ”- he says with a sparkle in his eyes) which changes his life. He came there with nothing and returned with a clear vision of future ahead of him.

Whilst residing in the south part of the African continent he started off modelling for catalogues, as an extra in pop videos, adverts and eventually worked as a stand up comedian even appearing in South African television. At this point I, of course, asked him to say something funny, because that’s what you expect people to do clearly once hearing such news:) According to me they have to just erupt with funniness, not exactly:) Nevertheless it seems like Rob’s talent wasn’t left unnoticed as he got approached by an editor from some magazine and was asked to write for them. To be precise travel and write. Their unfortunate travel journalist got sick with malaria from his previous trip and they needed someone right away to travel to Botswana. So Rob did and got acquainted with the profession well where you write and travel and get paid for it. 15 years on and he is still very much doing the same. Wouldn’t you?! I think this is a profession one never wants to retire from until the last breath:)

Rob is not only a traveller journalist, he covers many areas of writing and does so for well known glossy magazines (Tatler, GQ, Highlife etc) as well as for not very glossy but also well known newspapers (Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard etc). If that wasn’t enough he also reads lectures at universities and records documentary programmes on radios and does talk shows (BBC4, BBC6 and Radio 4 etc:). Basically he has the dream job, for sure, no doubt about that. At this point Rob shares with me one of his motivating sentences to the audience when lecturing: “You might think that to be a travel writer is a hard thing to achieve, but I’m partially sighted, am a non driver, speak no foreign languages and have no journalist education.” No further comments on this one, apart from  – the world is our oyster.

Likes: Oysters // Dislikes: Mumbai

P.S. And he is funny;)

Law and Order

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Once upon a time Coffee_Me went to university but didn’t meet many people there like others do. I did but from other universities since mine was far away, connecting with freshers located in the centre was easier:) The few I have from my institution of higher education seem like the most important ones:)

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Throughout the years I have been observing this gentleman and he truly is one: he stands up when you approach the table to sit down (I was very late for this one, maybe he was tired of sitting:), the way he speaks, rides his horse, wears his shoes, went a bit broad on describing gentlemen qualities, but one knows when one meets one. I give the best possible description to this word, most surely thesaurus Oxford Dictionary type material:). Now ‘observing’ sounds a little creepy at the beginning of the sentence. There were frequent links on FB to George’s many broadcasts of all sort of political things, since politics to me is what fire once was for the stone age people, my reaction was always ‘wow this guy is on TV and I went to uni with him’:) But I polished my edges and started writing and with my new obtained intelligence decided to reach out:) So here we sat across the table from each other, catching up and me listening to yet another incredible story of a person with stamina and clear vision of things he likes, wants to be and wants to achieve.

Born in Athens, the capital of the country with beautiful everything, as a boy he dreamt of becoming an archeologist. Upon discovering history for himself, he got drawn to it and kept reading it and while coming of age discovered his passion for modern politics. Whilst deciding what to study – law or politics- he made a decision of a well balanced person I’d say:) and concluded that: politics can be read and learnt about but law has to be studied.

And so he embarked on his adventurous journey of law education: in Belgium, Paris and London. Constitutional law was his most favourite since he was young and it was his connecting point with politics, his aim was to study it in each country he lived in. He also studied EU law MA at LSE after which he travelled to Brussels for a year to work for the European Commission. Upon his return to Big Ben city he did PhD at UCL. A year after he moved to California as a visiting scholar researcher at Stanford University and spent 9 months there. Subsequently he travels to Qatar as a university lecturer (drafting contracts and USA law), feeling very privileged to get to know this closed nation and forming a very strong connection with it. I remember his pictures and writings on Facebook at the time, they were clearly of a person who is deeply fascinated by the culture and his experience. Around this time in his life he gets approached by Al Jazeera news channel to talk about politics: Greek and EU, and it is here that he makes his frequent appearances. Upon finishing his lecturing at the university in Qatar he goes back to Brussels to pursue his law career and works there, then going back to London to finish his PhD. But duty calls and takes him back to his home country to the army where he serves as gentlemen do:) and back again to the mighty capital of UK, to pass his PhD and bar exam. He then settles down to work at LaW (all sort of TV series of law kind run through my head but I keep a tight hold on my questions of the kind one can come up with not working in the industry). If there wasn’t enough of dedication in the area, George also writes articles for newspapers about Greek politics.

Likes: Swimming // Dislikes: Small Talks

Music is a Tool

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The day Coffee_Me shares coffee with a new companion, I rush to meet each one of you, I might come late rushing, nevertheless I rush just as much to introduce you to each one of you and to my experience with each one of you:) (Have I lost you on this one?! Read again, I swear, it makes sense:)  The thrill from your stories is just so energising and I really love the fact that you so easily share them with me, for me to put it out there, thank you for your trust and dedication to sharing it all. This was the moment of sincere gratitude to everyone who is part of this project, born out of a moment of having coffee with people I hardly know, connecting and sharing a picture and thoughts of the person right that second, a project which has grown into a blog of  story treasures.

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We met some time ago, I was shooting a cover picture of Sabio and my musician friend who collaborated with Sabio on one of many projects this beautiful human being works on. Followed by a Facebook friendship button accept click, along comes coffee_me and I meet Sabio across the table.

When he was 4 years old, he started to play classical piano, attending music school and then getting a master’s degree at the Academy of  Music in classical percussion. This education prepared him for playing in phylarmony as a classical musician. While studying he preferred to play in Jazz and D&B bands (proper music, he says), choosing his instrument: drums (no shirts kinda guys, well, rock guys for sure, didn’t ask if the same dress code applies in Jazz:). Alongside Sabio creates his own Jazz and Electronic music projects. Upon finishing his studies he tours around the world with bands, collaborating with big names such as Roger Waters, Michael Feinstein, Esma Redzepova and many others.

He then pursues further education at LCCM in Music Production and Performance. For two years he plays with “Peyote for president “ touring with them in the UK, playing at popular festivals such as: Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Gardens Party, touring in Europe as an opening act for Massive Attack, Manu Chau, Ojos de Brujo, Ozo Matli. At this time Sabio also worked with other bands but he suddenly stopped all the collaborations starting his own One Man Project. Throughout his journey Sabio learnt how to play many instruments, to be precise he has counted 150 instruments (my jaw has dropped right to the ground and maybe right through it too:) I mean I can only play triangle and still probably won’t get in sync with the music. He can play: piano, guitar, drums, flute, vocals, saxophone, violin, beat-box etc. So when Sabio is composing as by now he composes music for many different projects including for contemporary dance companies, he plays every single instrument himself and he doesn’t need a single musician. I have to leave the link with some mash up videos of Sabio’s many talents (http://sabiomusic.com/sabiojaniak/).

Additionally Sabio did a sound therapy course ‘In depth cellular music therapy’ which changed everything for him. He realised that after years and years of academic music education he actually knew nothing about music. The knowledge of the sound changed his perception of what music was all about and lead him to a deeper understanding of reality. All this leads him to create a unique project: Sound, Light Lab. A platform which combines all these experiences and knowledge of science of sound, music, art, entertainment connected to healing and self-discovery. The purpose of music is not only for entertainment anymore. There is an aspect of it but the sound is a carrier wave, delivering many sorts of information. Sound can heal and can kill and it is extremely important to project it in the right and safe way. This platform’s purpose is to deliver different projects: live music performances, workshops and sound journeys all in one person. Music is a tool, an instrument is just a paint (quoted by the master himself Sabio:)) sound therapy is not about music, it is about frequencies.

Upon coming home, I went to Sabio’s webpage and listened and read and exclaimed. Amazing to meet him in person, very calm and I’d say synchronised:)

There is an event this Sunday Sabio is doing with his Sound, Light lab platform, I will kindly leave a link, it looks like peace and great culmination to the week and positive start to begin a new one.

https://www.facebook.com/events/907765812642158/

http://soundlightlab.com

Likes: Source // Dislikes: Limited Beliefs

Didgeridoo-doo-doo

3F3B9531Coffee_Me’s journey seems like it is only just beginning. I’m being reached out to by people outside of my friends’ circle. People I do not know. It doesn’t stop to surprise and amaze me – this diversity of our human form, things we do and like, follow and believe. But mostly I love how we all live side by side perfectly coexisting and keeping our minds open to the variation of our differences. London is of course the city of all the mixes one can think of, one can find their own native home corners in certain areas of London. There is no other city quite like it, I have no doubt about that after each journey I take with my coffee companions. This brings me to introduce my next participant who wrote to me on the coffee_me page, saying how inspirational he finds my blog. How can one resist to offer coffee_me after such words:) Meeting him in a cafe as a total stranger my 1st words were: ‘You are not a serial killer or smth?!:))’

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To be precise, Alex Akal (the latter is a given Osho name meaning ‘timeless’). We had very good laughs during our conversation, funny how easy it is to connect with a completely unknown persona, just because you are open to the experience, it makes such a difference. Since he was a kid he had lucid dreams about experiencing inter dimension travels, needless to say this course of direction of Alex’s future path was set right there. Leaving his native Italy at quite an early age, Akal sets off on many trips around the mother earth embarking on different journeys. Amongst his travels, he goes to Asia spending a lot of time there following a mantra teacher who had taught him Bija Mantras, the premolar sounds that created the universe (FYI, didn’t you know?!:)) At some point he lived in Luxembourg where he sang in a psychedelic rock band called ‘The Green Altar’ (the name of the band just made me giggle a bit, I have very good visual imagination too:) As a musician and singer, Alex’s instrument is Didgeridoo which has two ways of sounds – techno sound or meditative sound.

Over the years residing in Osho communities he was trained in Shamanic Dance and Subtle Body Healing. Upon arriving back in the capital (the city he first travelled to when he left Italy) he set up Urban Shamans Movement. The idea behind it is to bring awareness in the city, help people wake up their third eye. Dancing to psychedelic tribal live music allows the body to move freely without the mind interfering, with some shamanic chants and physical poetry in between to help increase breathing for the energy flow. Thank God I had a shamanic experience once before so I was slightly more aware and not packing my bag unnoticed and running away. Alex also laughed, saying that it does sound surreal when you try to explain it out loud to people outside the usual friends circle. I have to admit that during my first shamanic experience I was like: ‘are these people for real?!’:) I had an amazing experience though, once again maybe when one is open and unpresumptuous, with a healthy dose of curiosity and good intentions of exploring, the experience can be a positive one and lessons can be learnt.

Few days ago I was invited by Alex to come to his next event, why not, after all if something is not to your liking, you can always walk away:) I’ll leave the link to his event below, maybe some of you out there would find it curious like I do or something you practice on the weekends away from the office crowd:) or perhaps it is part of your lifestyle and you didn’t know of this particular movement.

Likes: Music // Dislikes: Unawarness

https://www.facebook.com/events/1044389865595142/

 

Destination: forward

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Coffee_Me welcomes you in the New Year and back to reality. Those that are still absent from it, enjoy while it lasts. Meanwhile as usual I am rushing to introduce you to my new coffee companion. This beautiful lady is our opening act of the year. While consuming the most favourite drink of all times and indulging in conversation, rays of sunshine were kissing her face, the weather has been treating us with some smells of spring lately. I had the pleasure of meeting this girl at a friend’s baby shower. That was the fun kind, a lot of champagne and no tea and no cupcakes, those are the right ones as expecting mothers know, it is much easier for the guests to talk about baby stuff and look through the presents while being slightly intoxicated:) So talkative I’m at the beginning of the year, I blame it on all that food:)))

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Started her career at the age of 14, modelling (ahhh these girls with long legs). Apart from long legs that are very beautiful by the way:) Daria is very soft and gentle but also, needless to say, very focused.  At the age of 16 she travelled across the whole world for photo modelling, shows and cat walks. Landing in London at the age of 18 and continuing to work as a photo model she then made her way to become a house model as she has the ideal figure size that perfectly fits into clothes made for the real people. Modelling is not forever and it was time to start thinking what is next. At this point, Daria and her model friend thought of starting their own business. Together they decided to europenise traditional Russian village winter wool boots aka ‘valenki’, giving them a fresh and trendy design but with the tradition still instilled in them. After travelling throughout Baltic countries and Russia in search of old school valenki production, girls eventually found one in Finland. Family owned business going from one generation to another and caring for the tradition of making wool the way they did in Russia many many many years ago hand made and with love and soul. As the 1st batch was done, girls took their valenki with other 4 designers to a pop-up store in Covent Garden. It was an instant success, they all sold out. Since then they had been featured in magazines, pop-up shops, videos, blogs, even Channel 4 Sunday News had expressed an interest and had shown them in one of their programmes. Valenki are sold online and girls run their business themselves, in charge of their customers and margins. You can even find these beauties in various Ski Resorts!

Decided to make the reading short but right to the point this time, as I know your mind is still relaxing and digesting, so let’s take it step by step.

Likes: Life // Dislikes: Dishonesty

As a non advertising agent:) but always loving what friends and people I meet do, I would like to share the girls’ website, I really love their idea. I have the slippers and I just adore them:

http://mishavalenki.com

Sustainability

Coffee_Me is as usually is head over heels to introduce you it’s new coffee companion. While you are pushing yourself through the last days before the festivities commence Coffee_Me will help you ease into it:) I met this happy good-looking chap at some picnic party some years ago. After a couple of exchanged sentences, we befriended each other on FB and that was it, as it happens.  It was only recently that I started noticing very interesting articles posted by him about sustainable energy and climate and energy again. My kinda read, so I reached out. It took me about 20 mins to write an introduction of myself and of where we met and why on earth am I asking to meet for a coffee, I swear it was a second after I pressed send or perhaps not even pressed it at all yet that I got a reply already:) I was like, how can one read so fast, I was composing my message for 20 mins and went on and on of course as I do here:))) little did I know, that the day I would walk into that conference room, I’ll meet a super human, no, for real, his mind works and his mouth speaks sooo fast that a normal human being would still be digesting the 1st sentence whilst he is already on the 5th or even on the next paragraph

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He started with a romantic story of how his mum and dad had met and I was like ahhhh ohhhhh with my long lashes flap flap as I had previously mentioned in my last post I will die a romantic. I have it all coloured in pink and with birds singing in the background. Then Agamemnon consigns abstemiously to tell me about his personal journey of how as a kid he wanted to work at the gas station because he loved the smell of petrol, how he didn’t have much ambition (I’m slowly noting it down) as suddenly his speech speeds up and my mind leaves the building and all it manages to hear is ‘travelling and cancer at the age of 18’. Whilst being treated he realises he wants to study pre-med and manages to secure a scholarship due to his dancing which is what he did for 6 years prior. Overall he holds qualifications in: maths and social science, pre-medicine and there is also architecture but that comes later. While spending his time in hospitals Agamemnon also starts to paint and gets noticed with big clients starting to come in and buy his paintings. He donates money from his art sales to hospital wards. Agamemnon gets commissioned to paint and that’s how he travels all over the world and paints. Has shows and exhibitions, by now he is 26 years old. It is during one of his assignments in Scotland that he finds out he is sick for the 2nd time. He spends one year in treatment and gets better, dedicating a lot of his time to art in hospitals. He then realised he wants to learn how to rebuild hospitals and goes and gets MA in Architecture in Advanced Environment and Energy. Few years later he is a founding director of Repowering London: giving people literal ownership of their fuel security via solar panels, also provides paid work experience and internships in solar installation for local young people. He is a director and project manager for Brixton Energy Solar 1, Solar 2 & Solar 3. You can see their first project all up and running at the far end on the right of the picture. It’s all about sustainable energy and bringing community together. I mean it’s just incredible really, because going to meet Agamemnon I didn’t know anything about projects like this and hence I’m not a journalist I do not do research on people before so I don’t go and ask specific questions I want answers for. It’s really just about engaging in conversation, having coffee and getting to know each other. Leaving that room I felt empowered but still not sure what just had happened since everything just got mixed up in my head due to so many words running through it. I googled Agamemnon and apart from him being an astonishing artist, I have gone into reading numerous articles about what he is doing exactly. In each article where Agamemnon speaks of their progress and empowering the community, about the battle for energy security, sustainability, education, warmth there is just so much soul and personal emotions involved. Thank you.

To find more about what Agamemnon does, you can visit his website:

www.repowering.org.uk

Likes: passion // Dislikes: insincerity

Always say yes to life

Coffee_Me is as always exuding mounts of joy to introduce you to its next coffee companion. This extraordinary human being I met at an ecstatic dance some years ago, I tried to let go and connect with the stiff body of mine while this lady was the music and joy and happiness. She is energy, all the time on the move, her vision is “Always say yes to life”:

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Grew up in Singapore. As a kid always wanted to be an archeologist or a dancer. But as she grew older dance allowed Theresa to live in her body, rather then in her mind. Instead she goes to Australia and does a degree in Advertising. That’s where the story starts to get interesting:). Upon her graduation, she goes off to do some travelling and takes a bus from Sydney to Alice Springs (Central Australia) where she meets a Swiss boy and falls in L-O-V-E (we just love these stories, don’t we just?!). At this moment of her story my eyes lit up (I’ll die a romantic:) and my smile swallowed all my face and I said go on :). As she finishes her travels and goes back home, she makes a decision to follow her love to his home country where she lives happily ever after in a big house on the hill by the mountains with 5 kids and dogs and goats and cats, THE END:)

Aaaaand she does go to Switzerland, spends her time by learning the most romantic language of all times ‘German’, eats lots of good food and indulges in chocolate consumption. Slowly summer approached and with its breeze Theresa senses an urge to go to England, to work at an orchard and pick some apples. And off she sets to her little trip further away from home with one luggage and Lonely Planet travel book and swiss apples (just kidding!) with £600 in her pocket. Turns up all alone and knows no-one. But bless our caring parents, those who have caring parents:) and our girls’ mum across the globe gets her a low paid assistant job in a media agency and our pretty lady here never gets to collect those apples after all:)

That’s how Theresa gets into media and she loves it. With job ones love, come great opportunities and self discovery. As part of her job she has to go to many events and restaurants and parties. On this journey she starts to appreciate and love culture and food. It is not about eating the food but how the combination of ingredients make it as tasty as it comes. She starts to explore how geography, climate, religion and cultural practices influence the food. After some years working in London, she gets transfered to Shanghai and lives there for 6 years. It is here that she fully exposes herself to proper Chinese food that makes her understand food as food, food as an art form. She is now back in London and her passion is travel but travel to eat, her main passion being food. At this point I almost put my pen down (yes I’m old school I note it all:), Theresa continues to speak. There are three places she wants to go to:

  1. Modena, Italy to be precise dine at Osteria Francescana
  2. San Sebastian, Spain and dine in all 16 Michelin star restaurants (honey I really hope not in one day?!:)
  3. Patagonia, Argentina to meet the chef Francis Mallmen (male version of Theresa according to this petite woman, I know right? Where does all that food goes?!:)) He is a free spirited chef in the jungle that cooks whatever he finds and catches. Her plan is to wake up and have tea then go hunting, make lunch and I presume hunt again for the dinner and then read French poetry out loud under the stars with open fire.

And upon fulfilling those three wishes, she says: “I can happily die with a smile on my face with a happy belly. That my friend is fulfilment.”

Curtains down,

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Likes: fullfilment Dislikes: Brussel Sprouts (I hope these don’t grow in Argentinian jungle:)

P.S. Our food devotee here also runs a blog writing her reviews about the places she goes to eat at, so watch out places:)) feed our girl well good:

www.prettyfoodiegirl.blogspot.com

 

Body Language

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Coffee_Me is as always profusely happy to introduce you to its next coffee companion. This beautiful French girl I met at the Win League event that had organised my 1st blind Coffee_Me date Amalia. It’s turning into a puzzled labyrinth my daily encounters with future coffee victims, soon it would take me a paragraph to describe just how I meet every single one.:)

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She walked into the cafe like a girl you picture while reading French memoirs: beret, silk scarf, short black coat, folded umbrella in her hands, black patent shoes, petite figure and gently floating rather them walking. I suddenly had a feeling that I was in Paris and even smelled the air but then a few red double deckers stormed by outside the window and it took me right back into our busy foggy capital we love so much:)

Parisian born, brought up in Normandy, by now all french movies I have ever watched visualise in my mind, magnifique! Since Emma was a little girl she found it easier to express herself in dance rather then talking. Once she grows up, trains as a dancer, its her body intelligence language with the world, visual and true way of communication. At university she studies History of Art and Film Studies during which she fulfils her childhood dream to make dance movies. Next MA in choreography in London where she meets her future business partner Mariana, they had an instant connection and synchronisation of the minds and same love for choreography. First they coach a singer for a music video, body movement and learning to express. Then embark on a two year tour around Europe doing creative projects, dance shows where they direct dancers live on stage and backstage: they work hard, they have fun, they get tired.  At perfect timing a friend approaches the girls to coach him through body language to relax in front of the camera, to speak with confidence rather than with jaw shaking and sweating part once we get our stage fright power mode full on (yes that is of course my descriptive interpretation of stage and public speaking fear). That is how their start up was born: MetaSpeech. They put choreography into business, to understand the context, the body can help to clarify your thoughts, the movement and direction holds confidence or not. It was an instant success. They now work with start-up companies of series A-B, creative industries that pitch a lot to the public. They have already travelled to New York  to coach at Google and next Hong Kong. But if you don’t need to publicly pitch but still feel very unconfident or stiff as a tree (in my case) Emma is also a co-founder of the Dance Club, its a DJ platform set where you come for a 2 hour session and get instructed how to loosen up your body, how to be creative and guided by dancers themselves and all that is happening to the music. My eyes lit up at the moment when Emma said that, it gave me light at the end of the tunnel for my future moves on the dance floor:) I will add the link to that event at the bottom of the post.

While I was listening with mouth wide open of how Emma’s passion and understanding of dance is carrying her across the life and the joy and fulfilment it brings her, our time ran by so quickly and I had not even asked her my before au revoir questions, Likes and Dislikes. But I could imagine Likes: Dance!!!!:)

https://www.facebook.com/events/366117013562100/

Dream Big

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Coffee_Me is as usually fervently piqued to introduce you to its new coffee companion. This lady has been like a clap of thunder in the clear skies, thunder is my life, clear sky is

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I have to admit I have never loved clear skies as much as I love them now:)

I have known this lady for many years. Although I didn’t know her, we studied together in a boarding school for girls only many many many years ago (maybe one many less:). We have not been entirely fond of each other, honestly speaking. We never spoke but have been friends on Facebook, of course:)) The point of connection was Coffee_Me, after all, turning social network into human real life interaction was not such a bad idea, I mean I never thought it was, it just proves it is over and over again. I was nervous when I set off to our first coffee as if I was going on a date minus the goose pumps though:) I was late, she was waiting, I entered and we hugged and cried like two lost soulmates that were reconnected by some day time TV show:) Not exactly like that but we have been talking every day since and meeting for coffees and Irish coffees in the evenings more like a glass of wine looking.

Julianna is a very focused girl, she has always been in her studies and aimed always high, upon finishing our bourgeois educational institution, she studied LAW at LSE (London School of Economics). Right after graduation she was eager to start working and to explore her abilities and knowledge and skills in the world of business. She conquers right through it and at the age of 24 she is running an office with 5 employees under her command for an overseas property development company. She then refocuses on London property market and starts working for top London Luxury Property Developers selling properties worth up to £50 million. Yep and at this point when you see ‘Dream Big’ signs on some social network platforms put up by someone doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Julianna’s attitude to life is ‘we can make happen whatever we want, all we have to do is try’ (that’s my personal note I had made of her quotation throughout our conversations, some fan club have been created here:).

After gaining all the needed skills and understanding of the market and its gap, this business lady and her school friend launch their own company that has been running now for over 3.5 years. Working with Russian clients, helping them to relocate to UK and looking after their requirements. Of course she is extremely organised and maybe sits too straight (she did ballet when she was a girl, maybe thats why:) and strict a bit, but that is only before you get to know her. In reality she is great fun and very kind and caring and also very inspirational and makes you believe in yourself, like woman power but equally very feminine and petite not sure how all these qualities even combine but clearly it is possible.

Likes: Sincerity // Dislikes: Fakeness

Dream, Travel, Live

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Coffee_Me as usually with great anticipation would like to introduce you to its new coffee companion. Met this free spirited human being at the sleep over at my friend’s house. No I’m not ten, but it’s great fun and I think is allowed to be practised at any age:) and those are with wild imagination out there: no naked pillow fighting was involved:). In the evening we all had dinner at the big table, in the morning we all met again and had breakfast at the same big table and then off we left to our grown up real world engagements. But before that I had an opportunity to Coffee_Me:

J-I-V-A-N

A true traveller soul. It all started from the childhood, born in Venezuela, at the age of 6 moving for few years to Mexico and eventually landing in Bedfordshire, England, UK right at the footsteps of the teenage years with hot latin blood running through it (with a bit erotic romance twist of writing element here:) Of course it was a big clash of culture, colours, traditions, acceptance but a unique self formation experience. Jivan decided he wants to be an artist and went to study in Bath University of Art & Design. Upon finishing his studies he goes to London and for four years works in the kitchen along side different chefs learning and mastering his skills into becoming one himself. He found cooking is more of a grounded medium, like a craft where it is easier to understand the impact and result on people. Then he moves to Australia where he starts his travels working through out as a cook in best restaurants expanding his knowledge and skills. Next destination was Spain where he realised that he is not living his life to full potential and sets to free flow travelling, living in a nature, meeting and interacting with people and learning from them. On one of the occasions he met South Americans crafters that have taught him the techniques and after crafting enough of his own pieces he embarks to further travels: Israel, Egypt and neighbouring countries selling his creations. He learns how to live sustainable life not just to dream, how to manifest things and make them real. In between of all this well balanced hippie life, Jivan’s list of accomplishments is endless: working in Michelin star kitchens,’ Vue de Monde’, Gordon Ramsay, Central in Lima, opening of the Wild Food Cafe in London.  At the moment Jivan is working in Glastonbury as a restaurant consultant (designing menus, concept, operating systems, testing recipes, hiring the right staff) at the new restaurant that would be opening in January called ‘Excalibur’. Watch this space Glastonbury visitors (love that city: crystal shops, good food, cool people, Tor, my 1st shamanic experience:). Upon finishing his work in late spring Jivan is going to travel Europe on bike (with pedals) with his friend in search for a perfect land to set up his own dream. I mean it so beautiful right? I of course asked if I could join this bike ride at some point of its journey!:) As you understand it’s probably just about ten per cent of travels squeezed in the miniature text of our adventurer here. And what about art?! He continues to be an artist in his own private space: he paints, draws and photographs.

Loves: Love // Dislikes: Violence