I think I found my ideal writing spot.
You know, the kind of place most aspiring writers envision when looking for excuses as to why they have not yet completed that groundbreaking, best-selling, critically acclaimed expatriate novel/ coming of age romance/ dystopian epic. If only we all had a little room with a view of Sacre Coeur/ Piazza di Navona/ Glen Coe where we could plop down our vintage typewriters, pour a glass of cheap but good Beaujolais/ Grappa/ Scotch and get to work! We’d all long have been Earnest Hemingway/ JK Rowling/ Kurt Vonnegut! If only we could find – and finance – the life of leisurely writing at such a place…
Well, I have found (and temporarily financed) mine. Get prepared to see my name on the New York Times’ bestseller list in a couple of months. Hollywood blockbuster starring Keira Knightley as an ambitious city princess and Chris Hemsworth as a rugged huntsman/ secret prince is coming to a multiplex near you as soon as I decide on which studio to sell the rights to my literary masterpiece.
No, seriously, this place is pretty perfect.
Café Ассоль named after the heroine of a romantic novel “Scarlet Sails” by Russian author Alexander Grin, stands virtually right above the Black Sea waters of Novy Svet. It’s spacious, quiet and airy. Most of the time I enjoy near-solitude, as the tourist season has not yet kicked off in earnest. I have my own table. Cappuccinos for breakfast, Krym draft for lunch, local reds for dinner. When it rains, the staff leaves my portion of the porch open so that I can enjoy stihiya – the elements – unbridled. Yet even when it rains, this place is warm and cozy, with soft, deep leather couches that cradle you, making you never want to get up.
Just the kind of comfort an aspiring writer needs.