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drank Stress Reliever by TeaFrog
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So as my trip to Japan approaches I start to feel more and more stressed. Still have a bunch of stuff to do beforehand, not to mention there’s the whole “imminent long trip to Japan” aspect to be worried about. I get really freaked out about traveling, making my plane and that sort of thing – and the fact that I’m leaving from hell LAX isn’t really helping. (hate that airport) Thank god it’s a nonstop flight though.

Anyway, so I REALLY need to de-stress, good thing I have stress relief tea! Unfortunately it has gone too far and made me sleepy again. Find a middle ground stress relief tea! Also, I forgot about it for too long again and didn’t get that nice light lemony taste…I am gonna ding it a few points for being finicky :P

So here’s a thought. Should I take tea with me to Japan? (for comfort mostly) Just some blacks and rooiboses since those aren’t that easy to find in Japan – at least not the nifty flavored ones I like :D. I’ll be living in a “weekly mansion” which is basically a long stay hotel. It’ll have a microwave, hotplate and fridge, and I could take my little clampy tea ball thing…I’ll DEFINITELY need something for mornings. (ugh mornings)

Rabs

I’d definitely try and take some comfort tea with ya. :)

__Morgana__

Only if you don’t think it will cause trouble for you crossing the border. Would be a bummer to have to deal with hassles like that.

gmathis

Of late, I’ve been relaxing my standards a little and taking decent bagged tea when I travel rather than loose. A little less fuss, at both airport and hotel, and considering the quality of most hotel water, why ruin the good stuff?

Ewa

Honestly, Japanese water can’t be worse than Santa Barbara water, that stuff is so full of sediment it’s a wonder it’s not solid. And if this program is as grueling as they say it is, I am gonna need some heavy duty comfort tea.

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Rabs

I’d definitely try and take some comfort tea with ya. :)

__Morgana__

Only if you don’t think it will cause trouble for you crossing the border. Would be a bummer to have to deal with hassles like that.

gmathis

Of late, I’ve been relaxing my standards a little and taking decent bagged tea when I travel rather than loose. A little less fuss, at both airport and hotel, and considering the quality of most hotel water, why ruin the good stuff?

Ewa

Honestly, Japanese water can’t be worse than Santa Barbara water, that stuff is so full of sediment it’s a wonder it’s not solid. And if this program is as grueling as they say it is, I am gonna need some heavy duty comfort tea.

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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