The Coffeeshop

I am almost halfway through my summer internship in this new town. One thing that I am glad about is that there is an Arabic/Middle-Eastern street in town with a bunch of Arabic shops, turkish restaurants, and some coffee-shops, something I deeply miss in my collegetown.

I’ve been diligent to eat my fair share (and a bit more) of falafel, shawirma, kifta, and your other normal Arabic restaurant food. Perhaps I am preparing for the upcoming drought I’ll experience when the internship ends and I’m back at my small isolated campus.

Today after going to the gym (yes I am surprised too) I went for my daily dose of falafel at a nice Turkish restaurant. On my way back I noticed a cafe called “rotana” with the smell of m3assel spilling out of the door seams. I immediately thought “trix & tarneeb”, something I haven’t had properly for almost two years now.

I walked inside and the owner recognized I was new. He insisted to treat me to a cup of tea even though it was late and mentioned I had to leave. Typical Arab :-). We were 3 Arab men; sitting in an Arabic coffee-shop with argeeleh, tea, cocktails, and cards served, a tv stood in the corner and nobody was lokng at it. The talk undoubtedly turned into politics even though we just met. Ahh how I missed hanging out with the guys in the 2ahawee. I haven’t had the chance to play tarneeb yet, there was no fourth! But I am happy, maybe because it reminds me of back home.

  1. Allah yhanneek ya man! I know how you feel dude – except that my shabab are still here but they’re all now engaged or married off or something and too busy to go to ahwe.

    Why do you Palestinians HAVE to marry between 21-23 is beyond me

  2. KJ: Yeah, 21-23 is really young to get married in my opinion. It is weird though that your friends would do that 🙂 .. only a couple of my friends got married already and the earliest of them was at age of 24 (which i still think is too early). The rest of the gang are still singles at 25-27

  3. Yum, sounds like a street about fifteen minutes from my house full of Turkish/Arab places to eat. Oh, how I wish I lived in that town 🙂 Good luck with the rest of the internship!

  4. That’s awesome.. Now write about ur Paris experience with photos lol. Make sure u have yabra2 w/MEAT lol 😛

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