Me with canned Café au lait.
Sarah does not function without caffeine. This makes things hard when I'm overseas, far away from my favourite cafes, and separated from my private stash of ground coffee and plunger. (Am I the only one who's noticed how crap and expensive the coffee is outside of Melbourne and Italy?)
The solution? Funky Japanese Vending machines!
Every other street corner in Japan has vending machines, selling a massive variety of hot and cold drinks, including soup and alcohol. And they're cheap! ¥110 for a tasty canned coffee totally beats ¥500 or whatever it is for a latte of variable quality at Starbucks or any other cafe.
Here's a tip - on a cold winter morning, popping a couple of warm coffee cans into your pockets will totally keep you warm as you walk to the station.
Sarah with coffee of choice - Boss brand Rainbow Mountain Blend. It's advertised by Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones, so you know it's gotta be good. Click here for the awesome TV commercial.
Vending machine selling film and disposable cameras.
The following photo is of an awesome coffee/tea vending machine in Nikko train station. This one sells cups, not cans. The red ones are for hot drinks, and the blue ones on the left are cold.
And here it is in action. Ta-dah!