Some people start their story at the start of the story, others at the start of the next story. As I did last post. So wat about those three combined that I mentioned…
At the Festeaval I was reintroduced to the Global Tea Hut (GTH) of which I have been a member for a few years a few years ago. For those that don’t know what the GTH is: Extremely summarized the GTH is a Taiwan based worldwide organization that brings people together to drink tea. For a better description see their website.
As part of this endeavour they have groups all over the world and a tea with magazine membership. Excellent tea by the way that is often specially produced for the GTH members.
Unfortunately there was no group in the Netherlands a few years ago (as far as I know) so my membership “only” consisted of the magazine and the excellent tea which I enjoyed for several years till my income dropped…
So at the Festeaval I was happily surprised: there is an active group now in the Netherlands (shared with Belgium, but that’s more than ok). So after the Festeaval I went to their facebook page and subscribed.
A few weeks later there was organized a trip to fetch some water at one of the few places in this part of the world where you can tap your own water from a natural spring. So I signed up and thanks to C and A I could actually get there.
So with C, A, X we took the road to pick up J in Antwerp and from there we travelled to Heverleebos for a lot of water and some tea.
There we met others that joined the GTH meeting and a lot of other people that collected many bottles and jerry-cans. We filled the many bottles and jerry-cans that we had with us.
After filling up and we stored the water in the cars we went for a little walk.
Once we found a suitable place we had a very nice meditative tea ceremony in the forest. Some Mao Feng was served. The tea was sourced by GTH and X participated in the plucking and processing of this batch. One of those things you can do when you go to the GTH-center in Taiwan for a while.
It was a very pleasant trip where a met new tea-people and experienced a few ways of living with tea that I knew only about but never experienced before. Two things that I’ve build on since.
I want to thank C and A again for taking me with them, X and J for adding to the pleasure in the car, JR and T for the more than nice ceremony and of course all others present to increase the joy.
(*) As far as I know, I don’t have a kingdom. If I turn out to have one, I will reconsider the proposition and have the right to give you some water instead. With some tea in it of course.