If we were having coffee I’d invite you into my small library and I’d make you a Turkish coffee. I have just the right pot for it. It is handmade from copper. It has been in my family for generations. I don’t usually drink Turkish coffee. It requires time and it is very strong. I am a Starbucks pure coffee person. No toppings, no additional flavors, no cream thank you very much. Sometimes though, I am in a mood for a Turkish coffee. Today is such a day. This coffee is slowly sipped and is meant for long conversations. These handmade pots are not produced anymore in my home country. Today, they are mass produced in factories to lure tourists. I miss the small craftsmen shops from my childhood. They used to make exquisite pots.
The pot is always for one person. It will take some time to make all the coffee. Meanwhile, feel free to look around, to relax, and to talk to each other.
When all the coffees are ready and you have some sweet snack to go along, I would show you my sanctuary:
To your left is a part of our collection of books on nuclear physics and LaTeX. The rest are in our bedroom. I can almost see your frown – LaTeX??? Well, we, physicists publish papers and theses also. All of these are written in LaTeX. So, next time you need someone to make your new book look awesomely professional – call the curious scientist 🙂 And in front of you is the door, behind which Chaos lurks ( read: my daughter’s room ), and to the right is my small bookshelf.
Please, don’t mind the disorder on the top. It didn’t use to be like that. My daughter , though, seems to spread her possessions outside of her room. So, when I want to read or to collect my thoughts, I sit on the sofa to your right. I look through the window. Or stare at the rainy drops on it. This library is a small piece of my larger collection of books. The larger collection is spread over several countries. The biggest piece is back home in my home country. There I have a whole room full of books from floor to ceiling. I want to transport these books but neither a single cargo company is willing to do that, nor I have the room for them ( we still live in a rented apartment ). The other part is in Sweden facing the same transportation problems.
Let’s take a closer look at my books:
This is my shelf of fame. These are the books that are never, ever,left behind. They always travel in my personal luggage when I move from one country to another. The two volumes at the left hand side read “L. N. Tolstoy“. This is his ” War and Peace“.
Some more books. From left to right: Books by Haruki Murakami, Mishima Yukio, Nikos Kasandsakis, Jorge Amado and my favorite Paulo Coelho.
Some of my mystery, action, thriller books. And some travel guides. Don’t mind the other books. I am running out of space. Each shelf has two or three rows of books in depth.
And this is my Art shelf:
The last shelves are those where my daughter build her own collection of books:
If you liked the coffee, you can find the recipe here.