Next year I’m just going to pick a place and go. I’m always flopping back and forth as to which place I would like to visit. Right now I would like to visit Kenya because of my current interest in orthodox Kenyan teas. Also, I have yet to visit any country in Africa. Safety would be a concern because of tourist attacks but I wouldn’t be traveling near the beaches or borders anyways.
Well, for my next trip I’d like to visit some tea estates. I do plenty of traveling that doesn’t involve tea. I was just wondering if there was anyone here that had thought/daydreamed about visiting any particular tea areas/estates especially since tea tours seem to be growing in popularity.
I had been seriously contemplating a trip to Kyoto and Shizuoka to visit a few of the farms, and then the tsunami and Fukushima disaster struck. There’s no danger in going there, but it seems kind of strange to be touring around when there’s still so much happening and concern about fallout. Would feel like I was in the way.
I’ve been watching Michael Palin tour the Himalayan region on PBS, visiting an Indian tea estate and drinking Tibetan Po Cha along the slopes of Everest. That kind of trip would be my next choice, but there’s so much political unrest that I don’t know if that kind of thing would even be possible or safe to do as an individual. He had the BBC and 40 pieces of camera equipment with him. I would only have my wits, my asthmatic lungs, and my French as my assets. That and $4.50 will get you a steeping of Gyokuro at the local cafe.