I've always turned heads here with my travel mug...
I've toted it around for the past five years, raising many an eyebrow.
"What is that?" many people asked, still thinking I'm odd after hearing me explain it's my coffee...
Now that Starbucks has opened in the city, more people have seen the travel mugs for sale and they know I'm not the only one who uses them -- but they associate the mugs with Starbucks, not necessarily realizing that I brew my own coffee at home most days.
My morning coffee has evidently been a topic for discussion in the halls... I guess some of my tired students have been enviously eyeing my mug, wishing they had some more coffee, too.
So... in the end, not only have I introduced the concept of the travel mug... but I have also inspired a new Russian verb. The Head of the Upper School proclaimed last night that I have "starbucksized" our students!
For you Russophiles who want to add this verb to your vocabulary, it's "старбаксовать." As in, "Вы старбаксовали наших детей!" Hmm. Conjugate that... Quite a tasty grammatical exercise!