T is for happiness


Anyone who knows me knows that my love for tea know no bounds- my blog title is pretty much a dead give away for my obsession. It was therefore only natural that, during a quick run to the local shopping mall, a bright, big storefront with pretty boxes of tea caught my attention. Instead of walking straight ahead to the drugstore, I walked right into the open arms of T2.
A pretty sales lady with perfect red lipstick and cat eyeliner beckoned me in. “Would you like to taste some of our most popular teas?,” she asks with a cheerful smile. “Yes, sure,” I respond enthusiastically eying the beautiful pitchers of ice tea so colorful, you’d think they were painted. The ‘Green Detox’ was good, the ‘Strawberry+Turkish Apple’ was amazing. This was the kind of ice tea that would be perfect for a summer afternoon spent surrounded by the people you love.
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There were display tables scattered around and on them were the most interesting teapots and teacups; rarely do I come across drinking vessels that make me feel so excited. Big, bold colors, intricate arabesque designs, Chinese motifs, traditional English scenaries: the tea sets looked spectacular.
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At the edges of the tables were small tins holding an assortment of loose teas.
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And to my absolute delight, there were also beautiful books casually arranged between teacups. Now that’s my idea of a perfect day: book in one hand, teacup in another.
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If there was a (commercial) heaven on earth, T2 would be it.
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(pictures taken at the T2 in Shepherd’s Bush Westfields, London)

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