My journey through life is an adventure, some parts predictable, others totally unexpected. I may venture down one path only to be diverted to another route.” – The Daily Word
Saturday, July 9, 2016. I came into the knowledge that I would be traveling to Torino, Italy and Barcelona, Spain! I was at my in-laws house when I picked up my book “The Way of Tea” from my purse. I carry it everywhere! I noticed an envelope I didn’t recognize putting it there. I pulled it out…and the note read on the upper left corner “Tea Flow goes on the road again!!”, and at the bottom right, “As the stream of life flows through me, I give you my essence, my all!! Be present. Cherish me. Uncover the treasures of Ohm!!!” I was told that was a message from the Tea. What I didn’t realize at that moment–of course, I was in awe–was how accurate that message will become!
My unpredictable tea journey to Turin started on Saturday, July 30, 2016! I just had exactly three weeks before heading up to Torino. At that time, I was working very hard to finally make this blog public. So, doing it before the date of the travel was the new challenge, and that’s what happened! Just the night before our trip, I made this blog public. But that meant, I couldn’t take time to research, at least a little bit, about where I was traveling to…So, I headed up to Torino completely ignorant, and also “free’ of expectations. However, because of that, I decided to bring my own selection of teas. After all, I have My Tea Treasure Chest already full of good stuff. That way, I would be able to continue ‘My Tea Flow’ even while traveling.
I filled up my Tea travel backpack with some tea ware, including my beloved “Dragon egg” yixing teapot, and lots of tea. I was totally committed to do a tea session every morning before going out to explore Torino!!!
But what really happened? I was barely able to do only two ‘solo’ sessions, and in truth it wasn’t any good! Find good water to make tea was very difficult, almost impossible, since most of the commercial waters available were ‘gas’ mineral water, extremely high in salts content.
Nonetheless, I was blessed with a better unexpected plan! I ended up finding three Tea shops in a completely fortuitous way, drinking Tea and having a wonderful time with Matteo, the owner of the first shop I found, twice!!! Also meeting Claudia, the owner of one of the other Tea shops, and spending almost three hours with her and her mother at their shop.
At the end, I came back home with my tea travel backpack almost untouched, and a shopping bag full of new great teas, a beautiful tea cup, a little gold tray, an antique handmade silk tablecloth, and a gorgeous handmade ‘Kyusu’ Japanese teapot!!! But, most of all, I came back with the memory of the best of Torino, and that was meeting and spending such a wonderful time with my new Tea friends Matteo and Claudia!!!
Episode 2: Namaste…te, Cioccolato, Caffe!
To be continued…Flow!!!