Tuesday afternoon I went to Brussels, after getting a bit of lost I finaly found Nicolas home. He gave me a warm welcome and we went to sit around the biggest and most beautiful teaboat I've seen so far in very comfortable couches. Because my French isn't too great and he sometimes had problems understanding some English words (though his English is a lot better than mine French...) we had his laptop next to us so we could use google translate. I don't know where to start writing. We had such a great talks, lots of laughter and fun. We've tried 5 different kinds of tea including baozhong, wuyi rock oolong, Taiwanese high mountain oolong, 2 outstanding puerh's. The tea that intrigued me the most were his puerh cakes. It's the first time that I was able to compare different ages of puerh and also to smell them and notice how storage influences their smell and taste. Also I experienced some great cha qi, my body and mind were relaxed and at the same time so attentfull. We talked about tea for many many hours and I was sad to leave though at the same time happy because I was able to learn so much about teapots, puerh tea and many others. Thank you again Nicolas for being a great host and teacher!
And because pictures say more than a thousand words...
|Old puerh, lovely colours|
|We ended up with a total of 4 pots and 1 gaiwan|
|One of his beautiful teapots.|
|Mei Lan preparing tea|
|Morning Dew white tea from Taiwan|
In these 2 days I've learned so many things I still don't know where to put them in my head, I'm still decoding all the information I've received. They are 2 completely different people and they have different views on tea but in the end what connects us is our love and passion for this way of life. There is no good or no wrong way as long as we enjoy drinking tea and being together as friends. What can a person still need more in life?