St. Petersburg, FL has my heart. I’ve been saying this before I got there, and now since I’ve been home. I mentioned in a post two weeks ago how beautiful the people are, the way of life, the culture, and even more specifically, the tea culture is something beautiful.
For anyone that goes on vacation, perhaps we romanticize and glorify landmarks, places, events, and everything in between as much more amazing than they have any right to be. For locals or folks who have lived somewhere for years, maybe they take it for granted or are numb to their surroundings. They may just be used to it that the excitement wears off, or maybe it was never there. Maybe it’s just like anywhere else to them. And to others, it’s just there or it just is.
At least on my trip, TeBella was more than just a place. It was my source of joy, happiness, and a time for solitude and relaxation. It was so good I went more than once. And in a town where everything is so accessible, so compact, and approachable, I easily could have made another appearance. And another appearance.
But I’ll start with this one. And this was my actual first experience in St. Pete, so that is memorable in itself.
This was morning, and while some folks were headed to work, others were likely working outside from the this tea shoppe, or maybe they were on holiday too. Maybe they were just enjoying life. I say all this because the quiet and serene way of life is not something I’m used to, but I could get used to it real quick. It wasn’t chaotic, it wasn’t the hustle and bustle you see in many major cities. This is a city that’s growing but also I sense embraces a small town feeling, small town values, and a genuine sense of community.
My first exposure is how everyone is saying hello. Random people on the street were just saying hi. It was beautiful. The staff inside was great too. And the gentleman helping me with tea suggestions did it with sincerity and a genuine sense of joy. He seemed happy to be here, and that’ll rub off on the patrons and those good vibrations had an impact on me the rest of the day.
Of course we’re talking tea. So with all this build-up, this better be good right?
As you can see I had so many options to choose from. The canisters behind the counter were a beautiful thing to see. It’s nice to have choices, but it can be difficult narrowing it done to one.
I went with the Tropical Breeze Green Tea. I figured for where I was, it only seemed appropriate. The funny thing is, I ordered it hot. To me it’s not that humorous but I think you know what I’m getting at It’s early in the morning, some people life their coffee (and I love it too), but I needed something hot.
The weather would dictate something chilled and something iced (and I’ll get to that next week), but I’m not thinking conventionally here. Green tea is something I prefer warm. I just feel like how one of the greatest teas and greatest beverages in general is better served.
And this was a joy. The tastes of pineapple, mango, and papaya scream this season. I mean what else is there to say.
I probably could have ordered just about anything, and I might be saying the same thing. But this was a great tea. How does it compare to others? I honestly don’t know. And it doesn’t matter. I got myself a seat outside and enjoyed the view, enjoyed the quiet, and enjoyed my life.
Whether you’re on vacation or not, a good sip of tea, a nice complementary pastry, and a joyous state is sometimes all you need. And that lemon thyme scone was the perfect pairing with my tea.
When you’re on holiday, or whatever you prefer to call it, you take pictures. And a lot of them. I took some but then I stopped. It’s about appreciating where you are in fleeting moments. Because these moments, they come and they go. But if they’re a memory worth holding on to, it’s going to get better with time.
Yes this is what’s happened here. I was here less than a month ago but my two visits to TeBella were even more special than I realized. And all I did was order tea in a town I’ve never been too. But spiritually there’s something else going on.
I only hope next week I can convey a similar, yet different perspective on the same place, yet a different time, and different dynamic. Perhaps it won’t be that different at all.
This was beautiful. And as much as I love the company of good people, the times on my own have give me some of my favorite memories of all.
For more on TeBella click here, and here’s their link to purchase their massive selections of tea online, their story, and their contact information.
Part 2 Next week. I’m already feeling nostalgic and looking forward to it.
Thank you so much.