Saturday, April 23, 2011

My Favorite Coffee Bar and Barista

My favorite coffee bar?  It has to be Alma's Bar inside Eagle Base in Tuzla Bosnia.  My favorite barista?  It would have to be Bilja who served the tastiest espresso.
From Jan 2006 until May 2007, I spent many morning and afternoon breaks at Alma's Bar with fellow DPW staff members and European Union military members to have coffee, juice, or on warm days, ice cream.  The coffee shop was left intact during the deconstruction of Eagle Base and subsequent turn over of the base to the Bosnian government in June 2007.  But it had already closed about a month before.

Pictures with Bilja at Alma's Bar:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cherry Blossoms at the UW Campus

Last week the Yoshino cherry trees at the UW campus were in full burst bloom.  As sure as tomorrow will come, the cherry trees will blossom spectacularly every spring.  For no more than two weeks, the cherry trees showcase their beauty.  I stopped by last Sunday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the blossoms located in the Quad area of the University of Washington campus.  It is always a sight to behold.  It brings back memories of springtime walks across campus as a UW student years ago.  Although the weather was gray, cold, and a bit blustery, the pinkish white blossoms provide a good backdrop to the Gothic-style buildings surrounding the Quad.  Soon, fallen petals from the trees will gently cover the nearby lawns and brick walkways as the seasonal bloom ends.