In Croatia, you rarely see someone enjoying coffee over a book, magazine or computer like you often see in the States. One of the classic scenes in a relational culture is a coffee shop filled with people on both sides of the table.
And it's not like everyone in America just goes out for a latte by themselves. In fact, I would guess that most Starbucks coffee shops are frequented by pairs rather than singles. But it's certainly not as universal as Eastern Europe.
For the last month, I've been taking a class and I'll tell you, for my money, there's no better place to study than a coffee shop. Some may say there's too much noise, but headphones and music will take care of that. Features like free refills, wi-fi and a close outlet for my laptop are easy to find. Still other comforts like a fireplace and an assortment of different coffees and signs indicating when they were brewed are also common - especially at my favorite venue - Panera Bread.
Sound strange? I'll tell you more over coffee when I get back.