As I sit in this funky cafe in Phuket Town sipping my delicious soy cappuccino and listening to my son learning to read new words, I think to myself that surely I have to be one of the most blessed mothers in the world.
To us finding a good cafe is about more than just being well-caffeinated. It is our place of rest, of nourishment and a classroom for our home-schooled children. The criteria for a cafe that suits our needs goes as follows:
1 – It must serve soy milk.
2 – It needs to have a well priced, somewhat healthy plant-based item on the menu – usually smoothies, juices and fruit plates are always available but vege breakfasts are harder to find. However, sides/extras can always be ordered to build a more substantial meal.
3 – The space needs to be comfortable and quiet enough for us to be able to do some Maths and English with our children.
In Phuket Town finding such a place has not been difficult, we have actually been spoilt for choice. And after five weeks on the road we have fallen into somewhat of a routine. If our room size allows it we do some yoga first thing in the morning. We then shower and get ready for the day before packing our bag with the school work essentials and heading off to find our cafe of choice for the morning. Once the criteria has been met and our spot has been found we order our drinks, chat about whatever takes our fancy and have a leisurely morning discussing division over sips of coffee. As well as sentence structure over bites of avocado on toast. We spend hours teaching, learning, laughing and arguing over answers.
Then we plan the rest of the day deciding on sights that we might like to see, parks we might like to trek to or lego games that the boys would like to play later in the afternoon. We pay our $15 – $20 AUD bill, depending on how many meals or coffees we consumed, and as the cafe door bell signals our exit we go out to continue our education from the people and places that surround us in the world.