As I found out a couple of days ago, March 21, 2014 was World Poetry Day. I learned about this from a Julius Meinl commercial on the Yahoo signup page. There was a map of Bucharest with pins indicating locations of Julius Meinl cafés in Bucharest, and the message that on World Poetry Day, Julius Meinl offers people a cup of coffee in exchange for a poem. I quickly identified a café I could easily get to, and before I headed out the door to meet a friend for an exhibition of Romanian comic strips I quickly pulled an Emily Dickinson poem off the Internet.
My friend wrote her own poem, a poem for kids based on a story she’s working on. We were provided with napkins for the purpose. And yes, the coffee was delicious, as one would expect from Julius Meinl. The café was also very pleasant: airy and with understated character – well, except one window that had been hit by a flying stone.