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Coffee_Me enjoys the colours of autumn: yellow, red, green, orange but the hours for admiring the beauty are getting shorter and all the Coffee_Me adventures have now moved inside preferably by the fireplace, do we have many of those in London?

Coffee_Me would also love some recommendations of coffee places with large windows, all the tips would be highly appreciated: East, Central and West of London.

Upon finishing with my notices, I would like to introduce you to my new coffee companion.

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A very happy person, the person that even with concentrated face still has glimpse of smile tracing (we tried couple of serious expressions:). In case of Alex and his story, I really wanted to share his childhood adventures, since it’s a very exciting one and it tells a lot about formation of the person, especially when it involves living in different cultures. Once I narrate early life passage of this man, you would understand why he is so happy and positive:)

Alex’s mum of Italian origin born in Belgium, comes to Bologna (Italy) as an exchange student, falls in love with Alex’s future dad: love, romance, marriage and work transfer to Brazil. Alex and his brother are born in Sao Paolo where he spends all his childhood. Goes to French school (as there was no Italian), spoken language with his brother Portuguese (writing it with Portuguese accent:), with mum French, with dad Italian. There must of have been so  much secret talking between all the family members, that if mum didn’t speak any Italian and dad French and parents Portuguese. On the footsteps of Alex’s adolescence the family moves to Athens, Greece. There was a massive cultural shock for the Italian Brazilians, after the bright colours of Sao Paulo and a very lively and friendly life, moving to rude and loud people, that shout most of the times rather then talking where mountains are just rocks and no jungle (I was laughing so hard at this moment as I could just so imagine how it was). But Greece grows on everyone as of course the 1st impressions wear off once you get to know the people, traditions, country and people don’t shout just are very passionate when they talk. Alex was having the time of his life: amazing school, secure as it was so so so safe after Sao Paulo, the house windows and doors could always stay opened, discovering islands, learning the language, mythology, love, food and all those sweet memorable times of teenage years. Four years later the family moves to Milano, Italy. Another dramatic transition for our boy here, one of the toughest experiences . The school was small, a foreigner in locals eyes and coming to fashion capital after Greece he looked like he just came down from the mountains, some polishing and adjustment was a must:). Travelling and living and adjusting to different countries must be so easy after such an exciting childhood, it runs through the genes.

While studying in Leon university (France), Alex travelled for his brother’s graduation in Imperial College, University of London. He was so amazed by the graduation event that he got himself transferred to the same University so he could have the same graduation ceremony. Graduated in engineering, works in Private Equity and his job involves him to do a lot lot of travelling and communicating! Speaks like most of the languages in the world (I am aware there are much more countries in the world then these:), but to me he is bilingual genius: Italian, Greek, English, Portuguese, French.

 

Likes: animals // Dislikes: cigarette smoke

Italianos

As a bonus for a slight absence from the audience, Coffee_Me will introduce you two coffee companions. I only knew Cesare personally, I have been passing by the restaurant he works at and popped by to have coffee since the restaurant is Italian, how can one resist a good coffee. I had the pleasure of Italian hospitality and meeting the chef too. It was interesting to see how it is all being set up before the opening for lunch, so many preparations and details to be considered unless one is familiar with the job they’d know, as for me the one that is friends with catering business as a consumer was a moment of respect, admiration and gratitude.

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C-E-S-A-R-E

is an amazing restaurant manager, like an amazing one, he takes care of you so nicely as if you are at home with your family, only in that case if your family is nice:)) Studied Electronics and dreamt to go to Australia. But somehow London turned out to be closer. London does has this tendency, to catch us in its nets, usually for love reasons! Cesare collects wine, I know of it but never seen the collection, wink wink! I prefer red!:) With love for job one does usually finds the way of demonstrating it, and on one of the occasions Cesare expressed it by creating the most expensive cocktail in the world that made to the papers .It  was served for Grace Jones with some ingredients of alcohol that was made from the previous century of the century that I was born which isn’t the one we are living in and with vintage champagne and golden leafs stuff. For me an old gin and tonic combination is the best cocktail made, herbal and healthy, apparently:)

Likes: Family // Dislikes: Failure

M-I-C-H-E-L-E  – The Chef

3F3B5932It’s always such a great pleasure to meet people, because I love people. Meeting Michele was brief but also exciting as chefs are such mysterious persona’s they visualise their passion and vision in food and our taste buds are the admirers of their work.

Michele studied hospitality but his dream was to become an actor or a singer, the road of life leads him to a chef assistant job in a hotel. Few years later he starts working in Sandler Restaurant in Milan. While working there, the restaurante gets its first Michelin star. Congratulations, for chefs it’s equivalent to an Oscar for an actor or Nobel Prize for the Scientist, isn’t it?!

After Milano, next destination was Singapore where he lived and worked for some years, widening his horizons and skills. Upon his return to the Sandler’s restaurant, gets the second star. In a free time this happy looking person likes to dance:)

Likes: Travel // Dislikes: Bad Food

To be looked after by Cesare and to eat the food by Michele you can so in London’s restaurant Enoteca Turi. I have a feeling I have skills of the advertising agent, if I didn’t choose photography I’d probably be on the billboards advising you to try this product and I think I’d be very convincing!:)

Alexandra The Great

3F3B7606Coffee_Me is of course as usually over the moon excited to introduce you it’s across the table coffee companion. I truly love them all!

With this lady we were laughing so hard while revisiting her career paths as we ought to live through them  sometimes to remember how exciting they are.

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Upon finishing her degree in EBS that was the final destination of her studying experience after she did so in Germany and U.S.A., the beautiful lady here wasn’t sure what she wanted to do in her life. I mean we happen to have those questions after we finish studies and hmmm what’s next?!:) not all but some for sure!:) Alexandra goes to work in Media PB to sell advertising: Travel to Russia. She was accompanying the football supporters of Arsenal and Chelsea teams to the football matches in the cities they took place. Needless to say that it was fun times for her but she gets bored of it and starts to look for next job opportunities. She opens an online shop and sells scarfs from Nepal, business goes well and successful but desire to move forwards and explore new possibilities, she goes into Private Banking: Asset Management. After some time she feels urge for colour, texture and creativity, starts a little business on the side: selling bags. She trades them in the bank and at other offices of other businesses in the building. At this point we were on the floor from laughter.  As of course I had all sort of imaginative pictures in my head how she walks around with this pieces and offers them to her colleagues and other office workers.

 Moving on further Alexandra’s adventures career paths, the girl goes back to selling scarfs and moves to another job and new position. Head hunting, drives the  company to number one supplier in private banking for Russian market in London. By now you’d expect: ‘And she lived happily ever after!’:) but nope:) I mean happily but moving forward:) Alexandra opens her own head hunting company and now she also has started her new online business luxurious bags to rent online. Watch this space as its coming to live very very soon and I would love to share the useful website link for the ladies or even for men and their ladies, wink wink:)
Likes: olive and purple colours // Dislikes: Cold

Viva La Vida!

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Coffee_Me and it’s second blind date. It’s been incredibly inspiring meeting all the uniqueness of personalities of all my coffee companions. I feel so blessed that I have a chance to get to know each of the personas and tell their incredible lives of different backgrounds and journeys.

ANIA

The moment I meet these ‘strangers’ it feels like meeting an old friend, we talk and share and I have an incredible opportunity to travel their life paths in spirit.

Ania has this funny feeling about buying clothes in the shops and since she was 16 she makes her own: sewing, knitting whatever its is to put those materials together. She then has a dream to go to London and study in Central St Martins and to become a designer. She works hard and puts herself into studies in the university of dreams. Where they pretty much die out since everyone is going there for reputation and hoping to be next Alexander McQueen or Stella McCartney.

And what happens to these dreamers?! Do they create new aims and happy places and march to their successfulness?! Or they just stop imagining and get on with their lives?! I think it depends on personality but the stamina of this lady is focused or I might say experimental:)

While she is full time working in a retail shop in order to bring her realisations to life, she writes and self-publishes a book “Vagina Diaries” (such a taboo word in our society for some reason, no matter how free we are and confident with ourselves, when we hear V-A-G-I-N-A it makes us giggle or even get offended. Nope, not me, those that know me personally are familiar with my affection for genital conversations:))). It’s a diary written from her private (lets call it the neutral way to make this reading experience to everyone easy:). Through this book Ania gets in connection with her private and its feelings and emotions and even educate each other. Now she is working on her second one and is planning to launch it soon once she finds a publisher. Very daring but how many of us do dare?!:) I mean just do as we feel. Walking through our fears, perceptions and expectations: brings us to new dimensions and experiences. Ania’s main passion is knitting and she does it well, very well and sells her pieces online and you can find her under this Instagram page(@electriknan). Ania also gave me to listen to some dance remix where she talks over music with her ideas of happiness. And I’m sure that is probably least that she tries herself in and probably there would be more to tell me but my time ran out and I had to rush. I think I should have to be continue option too:)

Likes: shoes // Dislikes: rudeness

We love classical music

3F3B7137I am extremely excited for two reasons actually three. First I would like to welcome you at the new headquarters of the Coffee_Me. Second I’m excited to introduce you to my coffee companion. And thirdly I would like to thank my parents for putting me to Spanish school to study and learn the language because then I wouldn’t be able to flash my knowledge with this young gentleman that was a key point of connection. I met him at the Baltic Art Form festival, the founder of which I did write about in my earlier posts.

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A boy with an exceptional energy, a person that makes you fall in love with classical music without even listening to it. I have never met anyone like this before, so passionate and in love and sensitive and emotional, descriptive about the job he does, it’s like they are two in one or just one really. Ilych is a conductor, have you met many of those in your life?! And I advice: you should! Absolutely must! Go out there and meet conductors:) They are (I can’t speak for all but I just assume:) extremely inspiring and educating, do take a note pad with you as probably you never hear so many quotations of worlds philosophers and great writers in one day of walking and talking.

Ilych is coming from the family of musicians, at the age of 9 he conducted his 1st orchestra. I have been explained  and I’d rather quote him to make it more understandable the mighty of conducting powers. ‘A pianist tells a story to the audience with his instrument. An orchestra of 80 different people also needs to tell ONE story. That is where the conductor becomes important. But still a musician and through musical gestures. My instrument is the orchestra, but I study my repertoire with my other instrument, the piano. Because with the piano I can pretend to have the whole orchestra in my fingers.’ How poetic and inviting it is to the world of classical music, its great composers that created us a different parallel of worlds and its interpretation and understanding. Im sure you are looking into the symphonies and operas tickets by now:)

I have to admit to integrate myself fully into this piece of writing I put on my long black dress and my favourite Nocturne 20 by Chopin as a background soundtrack:)

As bohemian as it all might sound, Ilych is very down to earth with great sense of humor the type when you laugh very loud in public and not feeling little bit embarrassed:)

Likes: Smile // Dislikes: not wasting his time on stuff he dislikes:)

I love Greece

3F3B7109It’s was my 1st blind Coffee_Me date, I have never seen this lady before and I didn’t know anything of her. A mutual friend suggested we meet and so we did. Above all she happened to be from my most favourite country of all, I believe it’s a good sign, my lucky charm:)

AMALIA

Just upon finishing her studies in Information Communication Systems Engineering (so simple right?!:))), just like girls do, flips through Glamour magazine. On the last page a topic for next issue is proposed: Sustainability. The readers are asked for their feedback that Amalia eagerly writes hers and sends it. Three months later she joins Glamour Magazine and House and Garden team as an editor. Will for development and growth and learning brings her to The Next Web (techblog) all the way to Social Media and Marketing Director position. That allows her to work remotely while enjoying beautiful beaches and nature of an incredible island she comes from: Kerkyra (Corfu) (dream job probably of anyone’s unless you are very poetic and love rain and cold, cold and rain:)) . Although some like to explore further and share their ideas, that what Amalia does with the Director of Enterprise in London college of Fashion upon here visit to London. Stays, designs Front Row, the accelerator program, gets involved with the Start up Weekend, a project that challenges people to build a start up in 48 hours, then works in venture capital company and now is a freelancer Fashion-Technology consultant.

Ah also forgot to mention that on her last year of studies in uni (Greece), Amalia and two of her friends created an innovative online start up back in a day, called Eskimos for classified boats, a niche in the market and a future platform for other businesses to follow.

I know, right?! I’m so looking forward to stick around this treasure, I think I can write memoirs about her, Amalia 5 years later:), I mean when the mind works, it works. And while I’m at it, on the 1st of October Amalia organises a Personal Development Day (mostly for ladies). One day event providing a practical set of tools and methods to sharpen your presentation skills, set strategic career goals, boost your negotiation power and get laser focus. I will add the link to the event and also Amalia created a special discount for the Coffee_Me readers, exciting right?! I’m very much going, I’ll be the 1st in the queue and would be great to see some of you there too!:)

Likes: Souvlaki || Dislikes: Tofu

P.S. the link to her event:  http://winleague.co/personaldevelopment/Discount for Coffee_Me readers: WOOHOO15

Finally meeting in person

3F3B7085I have been friends with this lady for few years on Facebook never the less we never met each other personally, been introduced by a mutual friend as we share the same profession. I have followed her posts and was very curious to meet her. There were not any real opportunities to do so until I had a great reason, to Coffee_Me her. After all this blog was created to meet people to communicate, exchange energy, emotions, fluids:))) (just kidding wasn’t that lucky yet:)) and write about their ambitions, creations, life paths, dedications. 

MILA

A girl with the smile on her face, a very open human being and eager to invite into her world. We met and spoke like we’ve known each other for years.

Since she was a kid, she travelled all over the world performing with her mothers’ dance school until her teenage years. Due to her father’s wish she goes to study law but feels very misplaced. In search of where she belongs, finds herself in Paris applying to a photography course. Even though her portfolio consists of pictures of chickens, cats, dogs and flowers (full on country side coverage), examiners see her creative background and ambitions and accept her. Mila embarks into the world of shutter speeds, apertures, flash metres,creativity, photoshop, fashion, portraits etc.

Apart from being a successful visual artist, she also teaches meditation, is a sound healer, does reiki and is a devoted yogini. I think we ticked all the points of mutual connection.

Likes: life Dislikes: nothing ( again one of the very positive companions of mine)