So, dear friends, last weekend I spent the day at Gracelands Cafe (www.gracelands.com ) in London.
The aim of this work experience was to see if the dream was actually a really bad idea. I have to say, I went in hoping to love it but expecting to hate it. There was a strong possibility that I would hate it and hating it would mean I would have to have a huge re-think – what the hell would I do next?
So with trepidation I set off and met Cecile and Nick who, despite long hours and lots of hard work continue to show a lot of passion for what they chose to do. I cleaned, ran, served, chatted and smiled. Nick kindly encouraged me to do some of the dirtier work (he let me off cleaning the toilets) and Cecile kept me topped up with delicious coffee all day. They even fed me their delicious food. It was freezing that day and therefore not so busy (did not stop for about 5 hours!). I left tired but happy. At the end of the day I was elated and relieved – I know I’m on the right path.
Cecile and Nick spent a generous amount of time with me sharing their experiences and giving me lots of advice. Lovely people and clearly their community agree – they keep coming back. If you are ever in London, make the effort and go there.
They gave me a lot of inspiration and helped me to further clarify my vision. I know it will still take me some time but spending a day with them has made me even more determined and eager to finally open my little place. See you soon folks!