summer & ceremonial tea

I have been away for far too long this month. Besides helping to plant this church out here in Hollywood, I began a Masters program this summer that has been totally kicking my butt. I really enjoyed it, and I enjoy it even more now that I am done for 5 weeks!

Also, I got a very part-time job at a local coffee house – to get outside the walls of the church, however — all of that being said — I feel like even though it is summer, I have been putting in weeks of 50+ hours at church, 20 hours for school, and 10+ hours as a barista — & I really cannot believe this summer is already almost over.

Anyway, I did finally get a chance to connect with my good friend Eugene. I think I have mentioned this before, Eugene and his wife Eun Chu are moving to China in January, heading up a local university’s China program — but with long-term plans to start up international schools over there– he has an amazing vision.

He had me over for a few hours and we just talked. Among other things, he had me partake in a Chinese ceremonial tea (I think that is what he called it). It was fascinating, and fun, and intriguing. There really is a unique way to drink this tea.

Here Eugene is explaining about keeping the air bubble with the robust aroma in the top of the cup as it is upside down.

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Then you slowly twist it out…

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so that you can lift it to your nose to get the full aroma as you slide it between your hands.

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