I think I’ve never drank as much coffee as I do here. I went to E-mart last night and purchased a sports water bottle so I could drink more water. Hot/cold water dispensers are everywhere here, but you have to bring your own cup. Instant coffee is also available for free from a machine in the teacher’s cafeteria, so I’ve been going down there during prep times for a cup. The teachers, it seems, bring their own instant coffee, so maybe I am only supposed to do that during lunchtime? Or are the teachers just too lazy to walk down the stairs? Several teachers have asked me my opinion of the coffee, knowing I am from Seattle, home of Starbucks. The truth is, it’s not that awful. The machine is nice because you can choose what you want in it. The “sticks” or tubes -shaped packages they buy are usually 75% sugar, so I don’t like those that much. I tell the teachers that no it’s not as good, but I’m also happy to not spend half my income on coffee either, and explain how I have known people who spend $12 a day on coffee drinks.
Starbucks and Coffee Bean and all of their knock-offs are very popular here. But the price is outrageous: I really don’t know how people can afford it. I mean, you can get brand new jeans here for the price of two fancy drinks. You can buy a SUIT for the price of ten fancy coffee drinks here. Maybe that’s not fair, because the cost of clothing is so cheap here. But in relative terms, I think I’ll be drinking instant from now on.
But I’ve seriously got the caffeine crash going on right now. Thus the water bottle.
Oh yeah, and if you are in a public place and you encounter a water dispenser, (they don’t have water fountains) instead of a cup dispenser, they have a little dispenser where you can get a flattened open enevelope of sorts. You use that as your cup and throw it away when you’re finished.