My Old True Love

Cafes. My old true love. I was that girl that would never be able to get any work done at home, whether it be school work or one of the many writing pieces that I worked on in my spare time. I loved going to cafes (hated working at the library). It is probably what started this unhealthy coffee obsession I now have. My laptop, headphones, and a drink - the necessities for a good writing/homework session. I write this as I sit on a wooden chair in the middle of the room at one of the many Starbucks establishments near my house.

 Shoutout to the work of art that reminded me of Sirena, a popular Guam legend.

Shoutout to the work of art that reminded me of Sirena, a popular Guam legend.

I can honestly say that I have been to almost every café on Guam (and loved every minute of being at each and every one.) Sitting here in this Starbucks makes me realize how much I miss the cafes on Guam. When I needed some me time and didn’t feel like wasting hours watching Bravo I would pack up and go to a cafe. While the drinks here are far superior, I am all about ambiance. Dare I say it, I would rank ambiance a number one priority over quality of beverages/food at an establishment. Call me crazy. I’m finding it a bit harder to get inspired here.

Good ideas start with great coffee.
— Unknown

Why I fell in love with cafes in Guam:

Small space

Never thought I would say this, but a bigger space may do well to accommodate more customers, but those small intimate places make for better working spaces.

Hotel Lobbies

Guam is strongly driven by the tourism industry. I love that the hotels along Tumon have grown accustomed to locals visiting just to work in their lobby with the attached café/bar 😉. My favorites are the Westin Resort Guam and Outrigger Guam Beach Resort.

Views/Location

I feel inspired and productive when I have a great view to steal my gaze. Views of the beach or water, or even the blue sky with coconut trees hanging just outside the window make for great inspiration. This is something I find lacking with cafes in my area.

Never Crazy Crowded

I’m not too keen on having a lot of foot traffic while I’m trying to write. To be honest, although hotel lobbies can be congested with college students, I never found myself getting distracted. We were all there typing away at assignments we put off for the last minute, lol.

Don’t get me wrong, now that I live in Washington I frequent Starbucks because there is one at every corner. Kudos to you Starbucks, you have “convenience” fully covered. I haven’t come across a café since being here that I feel comfortable in. I have found drinks that I am obsessed with, but they come from drive up establishments (which are quite popular here as well) and are, most of the time, out of the way. I definitely took my time on Guam (and in the cafes) for granted.

SIDE NOTE: Am I the only one that hates café music? I can’t work to their playlists. I can’t wait for the day that I walk into a café that plays strictly R&B music. Now that’s the type of café I would go to every day (they would make the most money off of my ass.)   

Thanks for reading me vent about one of the many things I miss about home! I should end this post and hit up yelp to continue my search for a “good creative spot” near me. Cross your fingers for me :P   

I love it when the coffee kicks in and I realize what an adorable badass I’m going to be today.
— Unknown