While Toronto, Canada isn't home to any well-known mountains - in fact, no mountains at all - there are an endless number of places that I like to enjoy my very own special tea.
As I look back on some of the many places that I've had the opportunity to sample, steep and share many distinct flavours of tea, I'm always taken back to the very place that my love of tea began.
Looking across a beautiful sanctuary of rare wood and immaculate architecture, my breath is taken away from the presence of a humble Tea Master steeping and pouring with care many hot pots of Pu'erh tea. Climbing atop a mountain deep in the many crevices found throughout Taiwan's mountainscape, unfolding my tea towel and setting up the apparatus that collectively filled my backpack that lay across my shoulders. Rubbing my eyes as I wake up to a brand new day, unzipping my tent to find the deep blue ocean within inches of the door. Or while sitting in the park on a concrete slab talking about the day's and week's events.
These are the very special and memorable moments that only scratch the surface of what are my most cherished experiences with cup in hand and tea steeping away.
Canada will also bring with it's cold temperatures and new climate the sense of wonderment and enjoyment like those I felt on the Island that is Taiwan. The pleasure that is brought from that first sip in the morning can be enjoyed just about anywhere one chooses. At home, on the porch, in the park, even at the office. While the temperatures in Toronto hover somewhere between -15 and -20'c, soon enough the clouds will part and the spring temperatures will bring with them warmer days and plenty of opportunities to seek out local parks, the waterfront and Centre Island. What better way to complete an adventurous day then with a cup of warm tea overlooking Toronto's brightly lit panoramic view of the City.
It can be said with certainty that one's place (whether physically or spiritually) will not always be as he or she fully expects it to be. Nevertheless, we find happiness in the moments that we enjoy, appreciate and keep deep within our conscience. Whether enjoying your cup of tea on the highest peak or simply enjoying it in the park, the taste, aroma and uplift that a warm cup brings you will ultimately transcend the place in which you find yourself.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”