Carrot Walnut Muffins and Hazelnut Coffee

So I’ve been back about 2 weeks give or take a day or two, and I haven’t blogged about anything.  Trust me, I have plenty of stories and experiences to share.  My apologies for not sharing them with you sooner; adjusting and reverse culture shock have proven to be different than expected.

This afternoon finds me sitting in the Panera in Bowling Green, Ohio.  It is so lovely and delightful to have coffee shops to go sit in and read or write or talk with friends or just chill.  This afternoon is particularly enjoyable.  The free wifi is fast.  There are endless refills of Panera’s delicious hazelnut coffee.  I’m alone with my thoughts, my interests.  I feel comfortable in the atmosphere.  No one stares.  I don’t have to worry about my safety.  It’s good.

So is Panera’s carrot walnut muffin, which I was given for free!  In a word, delectable.  Especially when paired with the hazelnut coffee.  It tastes like carrot cake without the frosting.  I love carrot cake frosting; however, it is super sugary, and I am trying to watch what I eat.  The muffin was a perfect choice when I found my stomach grumbling angrily mid afternoon.  Sadly, I forgot to take any artistic pictures before enjoying my tasty treat.  I’ll try to remember next time!

All in all, this afternoon was perfect.  Though I didn’t really get any work done other than this post, it was good to be out of the house I’m staying in (more on that later).  Though adjusting to American culture has had its cons, I definitely love the availability of coffee shops!  I missed them greatly while in China.  I love having a third place that isn’t home or work to go relax in… and I’ll admit that I love people-watching sometimes.  It is interesting to watch everyone come and go and scurry about their business.  Anyway, that is all for now.  Time to go home for delicious homemade pizza (just one perk of living with an awesome cook!)!

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One response to “Carrot Walnut Muffins and Hazelnut Coffee”

  1. Emily says :

    YUM! So glad you can enjoy some of the wonderful comforts Bowling Green has to offer. Soak it up, friend! 🙂 Glad you’re back in Ohio!

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