Monday, 8 August 2016
"Is it extra tough working after a Saturday night?" I ask, breaking the holy silence, which is not at all silent with the hiss of the milk-steamer.
"Well, I'm not up to much interesting on a Saturday night, so not really."
It turns out he studying two courses in economics, one micro and one macro - the economics, not the courses.
"Yes!" he smiles. "Really exciting stuff."
"I used to love summer courses," I tell him. "The students were always that more motivated, so I learned more."
"Well, these are online."
Of course they are. This is the twenty-first century.
We affably discuss the pluses and minuses of online study. He's definitely in favour of it. For one thing, he explains, you can read the lectures in a fraction of the time that it would take the professor to say them.
"How economic!" I laugh, and I saunter out into the Sunday sunshine with my decorated mocha.