Over the Summer, I made a trek to the Gulf Coast of Florida, and was mesmerized by the love for tea people have, and all the tea shoppes, markets, and displays all over the place.
St. Petersburg in particular was so good to me. All my posts can be found from those captivating experiences can be found here.
One thing I neglected to mention over the course of January, is that it’s National Hot Tea Month.
While that shouldn’t change my posts for any particular reason, it should give me a reason to change up something. I think you know what I’m trying to say here.
There’s so many stories that unfortunately are past the expiration date, or it’s the time of year where it doesn’t make sense or feel right to write about a certain time, place, or experience. Those will either have to keep waiting, or it’s not meant to see the light of day, just yet.
Now is as a good as time as any. It was a whirlwind of a day trying all the teas on a display. And considering that this was June, of course I mainly sipped on iced teas, kombucha, and got a sweeter sensation.
But when all is said and one, my heart will always be with the hot teas, the most natural of teas, and made of the most purest ingredients. Haraki-Gordon had the most unassuming of stands, off to the side, and if you weren’t looking for it, you wouldn’t have given it a second thought, or paid it any mind.
The couple who was there, were the actual makers of the tea, so it made for a more genuine conversation versus someone who would be at a stand because they had to be, or may not be so passionate for what they’re talking about.
They were so nice, and regardless of how warm is what, they made me want to sip on their green and red teas. Yes I said red tea!
The Green Tea Powder, for this day, was a palate cleanser for one, but it was a spiritual one as well. The samples were merely in tiny cups but it was enough to purify me in a way that I didn’t know until now, was even more important than I realized.
The Red Tea Powder, while more brownish in tint has a stronger taste that isn’t going to work well with everyone. It’s higher in tannins but it will rejuvenate you in ways that you didn’t know possible. I’m serious about this. This was incredible. Both teas are incredible.
It helps where I was. It was the summer, and the energy at the market was incredible. Everyone seemed so friendly, so kind, so inviting, and so welcome. What’s funny is you see that I took these teas to a nearby fruit stand, and soon as I took these pictures, it started to rain.
It would stop raining and it would rain again. It would be sunny and it would rain, and for a while it was just sunny and raining. There’s symbolism in all this. It was the only day I experienced this weather masterpiece. And while I’m sitting huddled under a tent with people I’ve never met, may never see again, holding my tiny cups of tea; it all felt so real. I was alone but I wasn’t. I was with all these people but I was ok being alone. I knew this is something that doesn’t happen often so I’m grateful to have experienced an atmosphere and energy I don’t always get at home.
And at some point, walking in the rain felt fine to me….
That’s the point of going away for a while. I think it’s time to go away for a while again.
Everything about this was beautiful.
There will be a next time.
Peace Be With You.