Over the weekend, I booked my flights to Hanoi and back from Hai Phong. Meanwhile, I’m wrestling with my train ticket to Sapa with the B&B I’m going to be staying at…and the Hai Phong part of my trip has yet to be figured out haha. I finally settled on Vietnam for a couple of reasons.
1. I’ve never been to Vietnam
2. Would do Cambodia, but I’ve been to Siem Reap already and will probably head back to cover it more thoroughly, with Phnom Penh as well
3. Was advised that Myanmar is a little tricky to travel alone
4. It’ll be nice to go up north for a little bit of cold, and then come back home for Christmas :)
It’s still a little surreal that I’m really going at it alone. I’ve tagged along with my dad on his business trip to Germany & Switzerland, and explored Zurich myself in the day while he was at work, and his boss’s sons took me around in Germany while he was working. I went about Siem Reap on my own as well while my mom was in seminars all day – woke up at 5am to catch a tuk tuk in the dark, bought my entrance ticket to the Angkor Wat and explored the temple away from all the tourists clamouring for that iconic sunrise shot across the lake. It was amazing. I went into the empty grounds and it was just me, 2 wandering monks and a backpacker or two. I climbed up the narrow steps of an ancient library and sat at the top, dangling my legs precariously over the edge and waited for my own view of the sunrise. Beautiful and so breathtaking. The rest of Siem Reap was smooth going solo and every bit as amazing as I had anticipated it would be. But yeah, those were lone explorations as well and I came back to someone I knew at night. This time it’s me and me alone all the way. I think I’ll do an entire post just on the thoughts for it next time.
But on to my main point: the people over at 1872 Clipper Tea are one of my favourites to work with! They’d previously sent me lots of tea and then even more (!!) :o with the new launch of their online store. Now that Christmas is coming, they’ve very kindly sent over their latest collection of tea, “A Season of Magic”. I’m usually not a fan of cloyingly sweet teas, so I was quite surprised when I fell in love with these teas just from a single whiff. Plus, the tea blends even LOOK like Christmas – complete with pretty Christmassy sprinkles and all.
These are the descriptors for each of the teas:
Shoemaker’s Elves: A merry blend of smooth green tea, orange peel, sweet cinnamon with a splash of sunflower petals, blue mallow flowers and safflower. This sweet, floral brew also tastes wonderful when iced.
The Nutcracker: A rich and luxurious blend of black tea and decadent white chocolate, laced with rose petals for a light, floral accent and topped with holly sprinkles for that added festive cheer.
Rudolph: A rich and luxurious blend of black tea and decadent white chocolate, laced with rose petals for a light, floral accent and topped with holly sprinkles for that added festive cheer.
My favourite’s The Nutcracker! :D
My mom thinks I have too much tea but SERIOUSLY there is no such thing as “too much tea”. Or candles. And maybe perfumes.