By Anna Gillian
There’s nothing more Colombian than coffee. And like many writers, I get my work done in a coffee shop. My choice spot is an establishment called Café Zeppelin, an eight-minute walk from my door in Medellín, Colombia.
I’ve found leaving the house is imperative for me in practicing a daily writing ritual. By “going to work,” I take my craft seriously. (And, by staying away from the sterile environments I find at libraries, I avoid making the work of writing too serious.)
My friends complain about Zeppelin. It opens late; I don’t have to pretend I’m an early riser or feel guilty that I’m not. What I write in the afternoon or evening is as valuable as what others write at dawn.
Another point of complaint is the service: it’s slow. It’s so slow in fact that it forces me into productivity. There are few distractions or interruptions.
Every day, I enjoy writing in a corner on Café Zeppelin’s patio, observing my “coworkers” — other customers — from time to time for inspiration in my fiction.
A café doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be perfect for my purposes. For me, perfect is a place near home that opens late, moves slowly, provides vivid characters and, more than anything else, serves Colombian coffee.
Address: Café Zeppelin, Tv. 39 #7612, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Tel: 312 22 91
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About the author
Anna Gillian is a freelance writer currently teaching English in Medellín, Colombia. Her work has appeared in Shahrazad Collective, Ohio Edit, Sexxxy, and Derail. This fall she begins her studies in London as a Hilary Mantel Scholar at Kingston University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She posts works-in-progress on WordPress @annagillian93.