|Tea gardens of Cha Gorreana -- Photo: Kaizr|
|The Azores are part of|
As a sort of parting gift, she shared the article The Tea Capital of Europe Isn’t Where You Think It Is, recently published in the AFAR travel journal. I knew the answer right away because of her classroom visits -- which included first-hand accounts -- and samples -- from her visits to Azorean tea gardens. But from the article, I learned much more about the origins of tea in the archipelago.
The story reminds me of Sri Lanka -- in both cases, islands facing a blight on a major crop turned to tea.
I will eventually visit Chá Gorreana because of one of my hobbies -- rowing and sailing Azorean whaleboats. Maybe that's two hobbies...