In every student’s life, there comes a time when things get hectic and stressful: by surprisingly fast approaching deadlines of unloved essay assignments, growing piles of unread books for class, neglected group presentations or threatening exams. What I tend to do in such situations of academic student angst, is to enclose myself in one of the university libraries in order to finally get my work done. But there is one essential problem for me: you’re not allowed to bring coffee to the library!
So I’m more than thrilled about the newly opened “Lost Weekend”, situated right on the ground floor of the philology department. The Lost Weekend is not the average coffee grab and go but an über-atmospheric hybrid of a café and a bookstore. Huge windows overlooking the quirky streets of the university area, large wooden tables, bare concrete walls and an inviting book corner create a cozy yet urban surrounding, where you can easily spend a couple of hours reading or chatting with friends. Since the coffee is great (not to mention the tasty cinnamon buns and sandwiches) and the opening hours are student friendly, my lunch breaks here extend in time, while my library book pile gets more and more permanently transferred to this new favourite of mine.
And if I’m not in a study mode at all, I flip through some of the graphic novels in the book section, enjoy one more latte or finally start finding out about Charles R. Jackson’s novel – “The Lost Weekend”.