My first post about Tea in an age plus some Art and Water

My first Tea post in a long time, and I’m sure some of you may find Bubble Tea Sacrilegious!  But on such hot sweaty days like these it is certainly refreshing, and there is something very fun in the struggle to get each and every last bit out of the cup! For those of you not too offended by the Bubbleyness, then mine was the one on the right, and it was a Matcha Milk Tea with Apple and Pineapple bits in the bottom! Does the fact that it’s Matcha make up for any purist annoyance out there??

We also visited Zacheta, the Art Gallery, and being as it was a Thursday entry was free.  On show at the minute is a collection of works and histories of the Warsaw art School, with pieces by professors and students alike.  There are some great pieces, the highlight being, in my opinion, the posters from the mid 30’s.  There is a great amount of Poland’s history wrapped up in this exhibition, and I would recommend it to everyone!

That was all followed up by a wander around town, quite a lot considering the heat.  We found ourselves near Plac Trzech Krzyzy, or ‘Three Crosses’.  There was a fountain of water spraying out onto the street from an orange pipe.  We definitely didn’t need any encouragement, and dove right in to cool off.  Apparently they do this on purpose on days like these to help people cool down, in the winter they set up small fire places by the Bus and Tram stops. I’m a bit worried about the waste of water, but I guess there is no denying that it is quite a good, and kind, idea.


Day 10, Stockholm, January 19th 2012

Tea 10: Power Te, Jessica and Tiffany’s apartment, Stockholm. (photo taken elsewhere)

My first belated post!  Sorry!  Yesterday and overnight was spent traveling or any of the other associated things, like waiting or sleeping or without internet.  So today’s post comes a little late, being as it is now tomorrow and today is yesterday.

Anyway, before I confuse myself any further, as I said, yesterday was a travel day.  I spent the morning packing, unpacking and repacking, losing things, finding things again and suchlike, so I don’t have great deal to say about Stockholm, other than I did take a quick visit to SKHLM, apparently Stockholm’s ‘capital of shopping’….. well, need I say more?  Apart from that that should be read with a degree of sarcasm in it’s tone.  This wasted about 30 minutes, including the time it took to walk there and back.  I ventured back to the flat and packed up again, had a quick bit of lunch and headed off on my way to the ferry port.  I took the T-banan to Ropsten and then three friendly assistants showed me where to get the bus to the terminal.  It was simple and easy, I arrived, paid for my ticket, waited about 45minutes, lost in the delights of Tallink Silja terminals number 1 attraction, the fish tank, and then boarded the boat, the ‘Silja Symphony’. A string quartet was setting up as I entered ‘The Promenade‘ deck.  After eventually figuring out which lift to take to get to my deck I found my cabin and dumped my stuff.

I did the usual wandering around to see what looked good on the boat.  Then headed outside as we began to leave the port.  And that was about that, I bought some iced tea (in a can) and some sweets and settled down.  The ship was pleasant enough, a Casino, a pub, a few restaurants and buffets, the usual really.  After a last minute emergency run to the shop before it closed for some chap-stick, I went to sleep, and woke up in Finland.

The tea that kept me going was the good old POWER TE!  I know I mentioned this days ago, but until now other teas have taken precedent, it is a very good tea though.  smooth and just the right amount of bitterness.  It also has liquorice pieces so it has that strange sweetness that hits the side of your tongue. It has also got Guarana and Gingko Biloba so it certainly does the job on those clouded headed mornings.  It is, actually, a brilliant tea.