a tea ceremony in china.

my video doesn’t do this little flower justice. it’s pair, the romeo flower, was unraveling next to it slowly showing its red flower. juliet is the flower above, but what the video didn’t show was the small white flower that popped out of the center. they have several different handmade tea flowers that have the tea and dried flowers that come alive while the tea is brewing. romeo and juliet were my favorite though 😉 

in total I think we sampled 12 different kinds of tea. I was surprised how much I liked each one of them without milk or sugar or anything. there is something about watching them actually mix the leaves that makes you feel like it’s a piece of art. so it would feel wrong to add something. definitely changed the way I think about tea…

this was about half way through. you can see the jars of tea starting to pile up to the left and the romeo and juliet tea in the center.


i’m not saying i’m a tea person, but who knows China might change me. I have  drank more green tea in the last month then I thought humanly possible… but I also gave up soda while in China so I’m getting pretty desperate. there are worse things.

needless to say for those of you who can make it out for a visit we are definitely going to the tea house!

life in the last few weekends.


Maan Coffee gives you little teddies instead of numbers to find where you are sitting. they are so cute 🙂


and sometimes you get stuck walking in the rain for 1.5 hours because google maps doesn’t work in china and the kerry hotel LOOKS like it would be 30 min away from you, but it’s not. it’s really not.

I just finished my third weekend here in shanghai and I feel like i’m slowly getting the hang of it here. of course there was the incident last weekend where a friend and I got chased through the market by a chinese man (we were trying to compare prices at other places and he didn’t like that much, don’t worry we still got our boots) and then there was the time that we traveled all the way to Ikea finally figuring out the metro system… only to learn it closed 15min before we got there (those week day hours get you every time), not to mention I don’t think I will ever try to order pizza again without knowing SOME chinese. my personal favorite was this morning when my grocery delivery guy woke me up at 6am yabbering in chinese. after the translator called me back i learned he couldn’t get up to my apartment so I had to go let him in… in my pjs… half asleep… 17 floors below me. uggg. so it’s not perfect. but i’m learning.













my shanghai dictionary:

  • Maan Coffee: two story coffeehouse with waffles and books everywhere!
  • Fields: groceries delivered to your door! (well… sometimes)
  • Yu Gardens: favorite spot i’ve found so far.
  • Green Tea: what you drink all day every day.
  • Pizza Hut: you think it’s an easy dinner, but you are wrong. so. so. wrong.
  • xue bao: chinese for snowman. (if you only knew how much I hear this in a day)

random. but accurate 😉 i hope to add to it soon!


fun fact. the yu gardens aren’t really that old, they are just made to look that way to represent a bunch of different dynasties. still one of the best spots so far though. it’s like entering a different world. it was also a wonderful setting to have our “traditional tea ceremony”.