"You and your espresso bar are one of the things that make Bonn worth living in."
HOW did he react?
He laughed. We both did. I had been announcing that there was a compliment to come for what felt like five minutes so we were both ready for the excitement to release. I could tell by his smile that he took the compliment. So good!
HOW did I feel?
It's been clear from the beginning that Daniel was on the list of compliment candidates:
Two weeks ago on my way to school I was looking for a way to treat myself and stumbled upon Daniel's Espresso bar. It had been there forever but I'd never noticed it before. I could see the high class espresso machine from outside and decided to grab a Cappuccino. Inside a jar full of homemade chocolate chip cookies caught my eye. I had been looking for some serious chocolate chip cookies all over town for weeks, asked for them in several places and all I'd found was Starbucks, McDonald's and co. Finally I'd given up. First world problems, I know. Still: That day, that moment, the jar restored my belief in Bonn. Twice when Daniel gave me a bunch of leftover cookies for free. Three times when I came back the next week and he was wearing a "Team America" t-shirt. Turns out we both love California. And Dittsche! I have been returning for Coffee and a little Daniel chat every now and then. It's been rewarding every single time. He doesn't mind answering some curious questions and his stories are great. At the same time he knows how to listen and has a welcoming smile. It's obvious his bar is a harbor for people of all ages and styles living in the neighborhood or just passing by. They stop for a good Espresso, a chat with Daniel (who knows all of their names and stories) or one of these heavenly cookies.
ANYTHING ELSE (thoughts on the project, changes, observations?)?