(I just want to look at it this way because the idea is a bit whimsy and cool.)
During the start of the year, I was able to host Kristina, a pretty girl from the Czech Republic. She’s a student in Taiwan and teaches English to the Taiwanese. She loves tea a lot. She even brought a vacuumed green tea for the whole family.
Unfortunately, we never opened the tea pack. We are not tea drinkers. On a personal note, I cannot really find the sense of drinking tea or why people drink tea. It’s tasteless, sometimes bitter.
Then everything changed when I hosted the couple, Vladimir (a guy from Slovakia) and Yaxin (a girl from China). My paradigm about tea shifted. I remembered the scene from the movie “Bridge to Terabithia” when Jesse failed to see the vast kingdom behind the trees while his friend Leslie was awed by its beauty. Then Leslie said to Aaron, “Keep your eyes wide open”.
I’m a Jesse. The tea couple were my Leslie.
Anyway, the couple brought out their miniature tea set– 2 small cups, a small thermos, a cute glass teapot, a filter and a small bowl. Vladimir opened the pack of red tea while Yaxin prepared for the set. My parents and I were clueless.
After everything was set, they started to make the tea as if we were in Ancient China. They brewed it calmly and served it to us gently. We drank it and I have to admit that I just had the best tea of my life. That moment, I understood why people love tea a lot. There’s something about the preparation rituals/traditions that made the tea delicious. There’s also something about the couple’s deep passion about tea and probably how they shared a whole lot of information about it. The conversations we had while drinking it were all brilliant. We never stopped talking while we enjoyed our teas. Probably this is why they loved tea in the first place. This experience reminds me of Donald Miller’s quote on his book, Blue Like Jazz:
“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music.Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.”
After the red tea, we tried the black tea which I find really strong. Then I just had a great idea! It’s time to try the green tea that Kristina gave us. The couple taught us how to prepare for the tea as well as informed us about its benefits.
The taste of the green tea was indescribable. It was really relaxing and it calmed my senses knowing that I have a canker sore breakout that time. It’s just the right tea for me that time.
During the couple’s 3-days/2-nights stay in our humble abode, we had a total of 4 tea drinking sessions.
To make the long story short, a Filipino guy, a Slovakian guy and a Chinese girl just enjoyed a Taiwanese tea from a Czech girl. HAHA
Here are other pictures of Yaxin and Vlad.
P.s. I just bought my own teapot! Message me if you want to drink with me. LOL