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Beijing

A young boy is born in 1162 AD in the Mongolian wasteland. His father arranged his marriage at the age of nine to seal rival disputes. Warring tribes poisoned his father for control and banished the young Mongol and his family to perish in the harsh terrain of Mongolia (Brent, Peter. 1976. The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan: His Triumph and His Legacy. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson. Peter, 1976).

Scavenging and living off dead carcasses time passes and the boy becomes of age and a ruthless leader of men reaping revenge, at times massacring entire towns of all men, women, and children. For fear or loyalty many Mongol tribes joined forces with the great leader as they make their way into the deep reaches of China. The horde came to the first of many vast stone barriers stretched across the land as far as the eye could see.

“What civilization could create such a mountainous snake?” the Mongolians thought with fear in their eyes and reluctance to march on.

The Mongol leader scaled the Great Wall and stood atop looking down at his army. The vast expanse of men seeing that their leader feared no man started to chant and screamed out the warrior’s new name “Genghis Khan! Genghis Khan!”

In 1211 Genghis Khan and his army march on to an ancient city in northern China now known as Beijing (Wikipedia).

The next few post will be on Beijing China. I met some friends there and it is a must in the bucket list. This is the eve of the Tiananmen Square protest that took place 23 years ago. A college student stood in front of a tank and defied it to roll over him so tensions were high for a foreigner to be in Beijing. We ate, got scammed, and moved out of our comfortable hotel to experience the real Beijing.

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Tea reminds me of the days of running hashish through the mountains of Tibet.

TEA Sucks! Being an American, I don’t drink tea, I never liked it, and it reminded me of a pompous British ritual only to be enjoyed with a crumpet. (What the hell is a crumpet anyway?) The stuff is bland, no caffeine kick, sipping and slurping with a pinky in the air, it’s an abomination! And Lipton!  Monopolizing the US and squeezing out competitors while peddling their bland mix of crap!

And Southern tea! Conspiracy created by the sugar industry I tell ya!                                Ok, ok, calm is in order here. Calm …

Well I have to confess Tea does not suck. The leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant has built nations, crumbled monarchies, and brings pleasure to millions of people around the world, be it 4pm in the afternoon or 24/7, tea is timeless. My outlook on tea has changed so much I even look forward to a cup in the afternoon everyday.

And a cup we have …

South East Asia has some of the best tea in the world. There are at least six different types of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and the most expensive is the post-fermented teas, more on that one in a minute.

Tea reminds me of the days of running hashish through the mountains of Tibet. No, just kidding, never did that, won’t admit to it, forget i said that, but my love of tea started with this little antique tea pot months ago when I bought it for my best friend Donna who collects tea pots. I hope to finish the tea post in three, so bare with me as we follow this teapot and a few examples of some wonderful teas and a visit to the tea country in Malaysia.