I think you already know this by now, but I l-o-v-e tea. I probably drink anywhere from 3-7 cups of tea a day. When I have met fellow sole tea drinkers, they seem to love tea just as much as I do. So if you have any tea drinkers on your holiday shopping list, there are some pretty fun things to buy them this season or anytime for that matter.
My favorite gifts to give are ones that I make myself. One year, I had a great idea to make all my girlfriends personalized pajama pants. After the first pair took me roughly ten hours to make, my mom jumped in and helped me finish the other four. Since then, I have opted for simpler handmade gifts, such as spiced nuts or coffee coasters.
Since moving to Zurich, I have days that I crave normalcy. Walking out of the house is always an adventure here, which is partly why we came, but partly the hardest part. I’m learning all sorts of new things about the Swiss culture. I think some customs are better, some are silly, and sometimes I just want what I am used to.
Which is when I find myself in Starbucks.
Last week, my new boss and I discovered that we are both tea lovers. I’ve realized that I don’t know too many sole tea drinkers like myself, so it’s an automatic topic of discussion when I meet them. He told me that he is kind of a “tea snob” and I said I might consider myself somewhat of a tea snob as well. He likes all sorts of teas that I have never heard of and prefers to drink loose tea. This is definitely to my advantage because in the office there is a variety of tea to choose from, a glass electric kettle, and some fancy tea infusers. My morning tea just stepped up a notch.
London is the place to get high tea, so you better guess what I was going to splurge on. I tried to do some research on the best high tea rooms before the trip and I could only seem to find hotels with high tea. Hotels seem so touristy to me because in San Francisco there are many cute, privately owned tea rooms. But even when I started asking around, people were just recommending the hotels. When I told them how I wanted a small tea room, they told me about a tea shop where you could buy tea…why was everyone so confused by my request?! From what I finally gathered, hotels are the place to go in London, not just a tourist trap. I guess the tea rooms in the states are our own version of the great high teas that London does in hotels. Who knew? I guess it pays to get out in the world for some culture lessons, especially on something I thought I knew a thing or two about.
I went from a swimsuit & flip flops to a scarf, gloves, & uggs in a matter of days. Portland was cold and Portland snowed on us, but Portland is a great city. Gresham is a hidden gem east of Portland with a fancy old folk’s home that treated us right. Grandpa G skipped his wii golf game this weekend in order to entertain us with activities and witty sense of humor.