By choosing to include articles about tea on a website themed "spiritual travel," I am not trying to say that drinking tea is necessarily a spiritual pursuit, nor am I saying that it can't be if that is your dao.
I live in Taiwan, a country that produces some of the finest artisanal teas in the world. I've only really gotten into tea in the last year. As a stay-at-home dad with a baby and a toddler crawling and running around my house, tea offers me a brief respite from my daily responsibilities. Besides its healthful and energizing properties, tea has a tranquilizing effect on the mind and body and can be an aid in meditation and can change your life for the better if you are willing to let it.
The ways in which tea is produced and consumed are so varied, and the history behind this medicinal (and some say sacred) plant goes so far back, that I consider myself a novice at best on all matters tea-related. As I embark on my tea journey, I've recorded my observations and discoveries in the articles below.