Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Tea November 14, 2018 Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco Samovar tea lounge in San Francisco is exactly how you’d expect Silicon Valley would do tea. Not with fancy tech and gadgets. Oh no, that would be too on the nose. But, with precisely catalogued orga... Tea February 27, 2018 6 Great Places to Drink Tea in Portland, Oregon Although Portland is known as a popular pilgrimage place for coffee enthusiasts, this weird, Bigfoot and alien-loving, farm-to-table, artisan-friendly, rose-growing paradise also houses some very fine... U.S.A. December 19, 2015 San Francisco is Full of Romantic Flowers I visited San Francisco for a week in July. Flipping back through my photos I realized just how many foliage shots I had from walking around. You could go on a thousand first dates here and have a dif... Canada September 29, 2015 Across North America, Day 13: The Road to Calgary This would be our final day of high-tailing it across the large centre of the continent. We woke up early and made a beeline for the border. Here's the great thing about the high elevation of W... U.S.A. September 12, 2015 Across North America, Day 12: Prairie Dogs and Painted Canyons First of all, I'd like to apologize for the radio silence! No, we didn't get eaten by prairie dogs. I was having trouble balancing posting each day with enjoying the adventure at hand, wo I deci... U.S.A. August 22, 2015 Across North America, Day 11: Sunflowers and Sunsets We knew the middle states would be long. Today was about 12 hours of driving. Did you know that some gas stations have tiny TVs set into their pump screens, so you're forced to listen to broadcast ... U.S.A. August 19, 2015 Across North America, Day 10: Thunderstorms in Milwaukee Here is a sample of some of the roadsigns between Indiana Dunes National Park and Milwaukee, Wisconsin: [white_box]"You can loose weight. Call NOW for your free bariatric surgery consultation", “Wh...