“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

In a coffee shop you can have some pretty interesting conversations. Even though I’ve always been an athlete, oddly enough, very few, if any of the conversations that I had have centered around the stereotypical, “who won last night” boring question of the day.  Today wasn’t any different than any other in that respect. Save for one thing. Today I had a conversation with a former Zionsville resident that now lives in another state.

After complimenting me on the shop and how comfortable it made him feel. The comfort wasn’t because of his pretty killer latte, if I say so myself it was pretty good work. But with all seriousness, he told me his comfort came from the “bohemian” vibe in the shop. I laughed, because in the past 2 weeks, that wasn’t the first time Darrin’s Coffee has been called. “Bohemian“.  Most are pleasantly surprised  to see a place like Darrin’s Coffee on Main Street in Zionsville.

He said, “It’s almost like, travel is the enemy of ignorance. [L]ife outside where you’re from teaches you, and let’s you know and then you’re able to appreciate the other cultures that you may not have had appreciated in the past.”

I agreed, and thanked him for traveling to Darrin’s Coffee, because now he’s another warrior from Zionsville against ignorance. I’m just sayin’.


Mark Twain