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I’m not a tea drinker. I never really liked it and just didn’t see the point of it. Drinking tea just seemed kind of…well…boring.
I grew up in a tea town. My hometown was the base of operations for one of the largest tea companies in the world. You could go out to the factory and buy “seconds” – tea where the boxes had been dented but the tea itself was still fine. It was a way of scoring tea on the cheap. People would go out to the factory once a month and load up. It all seemed kind of cultish to a non-tea drinker like me. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why someone would actually want to drink tea. I thought it was for old people. I thought tea tasted bitter.
I thought I wasn’t a tea drinker, but it turns out, I was wrong.
Everything changed when we went to Ireland. In Ireland, tea became a ubiquitous staple of our journey. It was there for breakfast at each of the B&Bs where we stayed—at the house in Kilkenny where the smell of bacon woke us up and during our stop in Kenmare where our accommodations looked more like a castle than a family’s home, as things sometimes do in Ireland. It was there for our lunch of soup and homemade brown bread at a small pub in Portmagee. It was there for our afternoon snacks and even for our pre-pub drink. Tea became a fundamental part of our Irish experience.
Whenever Laura and I travel, we find something that we fall in love with and bring it home. That thing might be a bottle of wine from South Africa or chocolate from Ecuador. On our trip to Ireland, we surprisingly brought back tea.
The thing I never thought would happen, happened—I am now a tea drinker.
Fast forward eight years later, and I now have a new habit that helps transport me back to the fun of our Ireland trip every work day. In the afternoon, I take a quick break from work to brew Tazo® Zen™ tea, a blend of green tea with spearmint and hints of lemongrass. It’s a pick-me-up, but it’s also an opportunity to break up my day with a little variety. My afternoon tea always changes my mood.
If you don’t consider yourself much of a “tea person”—I’ve been there!—I recommend trying out other Tazo® Tea blends (such as the Awake™ English Breakfast or Passion®). I discovered the brand while staying at a hotel that featured their products in the room. It was a first for me since I’d been used to a very different type of tea in my hometown. Tazo teas’ spice blends and high quality tea leaves created unexpected blends of flavor I’d never tried in a tea before. I became hooked. This was the total opposite of what I thought tea could be growing up in that tea town. Somehow, Tazo made tea enjoyable, and now I enjoy it every day.
For us, this is the point of travel—to get out of our comfort zones, learn about the world and bring part of it back with us.