Hi! My name is Mel Hattie and I’m a professional tea sommelier and travel enthusiast based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Mel Had Tea is a blog that explores tea and travel culture around the world.
As a child, you could always find me curled up in a mountain of blankets with a pile of books at my feet. And today… well, it’s pretty much the same, except in between book binges I plan adventures around the world.
With a neverending sense of curiosity, I travel to learn more about the world we live in, meet people, and try to understand the world we live in. I’m an advocate of solo female
Adventures short and long
I’ve studied abroad in Germany and Japan, been an intern abroad for the CBC in London, driven across North America in a van, woken up at 3 A.M. to chant with Buddhist monks in South Korea, volunteered for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and more.
Along the way, I became a tea sommelier. I realized tea blended my love of food, culture, history, and travel. It’s been a lens and given me an in to make connections with people from all over the world. Who needs to speak the same language when you can share a cup of tea?
If you’re new to Mel Had Tea, here are a few posts to get you started:
- How to Become a Certified Tea Sommelier
- The Tea House Challenge at Lake Louise
- 36 Hours in Sarajevo
- Six Types of Tea and How to Brew Them
- Getting a UK Youth Mobility Visa for Canadians
- Fresh Matcha at O’Sulloc Tea Museum on Jeju Island, South Korea
- How to Taste Tea Like a Tea Sommelier
Now, I try as best as I can to write about the amazing world around us, write about tea, and other things that are important to me.
Tea has always been a comfort to me—it steeped by my bedside as I wrote my undergrad English exams, got me through James Joyce’s Ulysses (well, halfway through), and has always been a warm companion.
I’ve always been restless. On my mother’s side, my Opa was a travelling bandleader who emigrated from Holland to Canada. He played shows from Siberia to Korea to Canada’s northern communities, after emigrating from Holland in the ’60s. My Nana was a door-to-door World Book saleswoman. My second cousin on my Dad’s side is an astronaut. I guess you could say that curiosity wanders through our family.
I speak German, Japanese, and French. I’m not too bad at English either, and have a Master’s in Journalism.
When I’m not working, writing or reading, you can find me re-watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, walking, practicing
I’m married to the loveliest guy from Labrador, and we live with our two cats (Taters and Trout) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
How did Mel Had Tea start?
I started blogging on Tumblr in 2012 while I was a foreign exchange student in Japan. While I used to blog just to share my experiences with family and friends, I quickly fell in love with hitting ‘publish.’ In 2015, I launched Mel Had Tea, a mix of personal anecdotes with helpful tea and travel guides.
What I believe
Traveling through many countries not my own, sharing lots of tea, and meeting people along the way, has shown me the world isn’t as scary as the news might have you think. Instead, travel can foster cross-cultural friendships that I genuinely believe makes the world a better place. Furthermore, you can find good times both sitting with a couple of cold beers in the middle of nowhere, or during high tea in upscale London.
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