bah humbug…give me a white monkey

It’s almost Christmas, which means I should probably be writing a holiday-themed blogpost, but that’ll simply have to wait. This is NOT a holiday-themed blogpost.

I’m irritable and frustrated and don’t want much to do with either the holidays or humanity in general. So, how am I going to spend the next little while?
< With a bit of White Monkey tea that I got from Claus Kröger in Hamburg. Why?

Because I’m assuming that monkeys enjoy themselves even when the going gets rough. And I’m curious why there are so many monkey-related things when it comes to tea.

Oolong-picking monkeys have already played a very central role on this blog when Lisa Galaviz went to the Galleria in hopes of setting the monkeys at the tea shop free. Here’s Don’t tell her it’s not tea for your reading pleasure.

And here’s Lisa’s update on the topic in How can they still be out of monkeys?

Just rereading her gem of a blogpost and even a few moments of mine have put me in a bit better mood. Maybe this tea lark isn’t so bad, after all.

Voyaging on the lookout for tea

I’ve been easing off on daily blogposts for a reason. For the next several weeks I’ll be in Greece, and I’m not yet sure how reliable the internet access will be.

One of the things I like to do when I travel is to visit tea shops/salons and report on what I’ve found. Maybe you’ll never be looking for a tea shop in Hamburg or Athens, but who know? But then again, possibly you will. I’ve already located at least one shop in the latter. We’ll see if I happen upon any more.

But as long as I have at least intermittent internet access, it doesn’t matter where one is in the world. I’ve packed my Pratt in case I want to dip into it for something to expand upon.

One of the things I’ve discovered since I started getting more into tea: there’s much more of a tea culture out there than I recognised. One of the cities I love most is Vienna, and until my trip this summer I only thought of it in relation to coffee. Quite unexpectedly, there are some really interesting shops in Austria‘s capitol.

Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised by the birthplace of modernity.