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.
Bosnia & Herzegovina February 7, 2017 The Best Tea House in Sarajevo I first heard it whispered about in the cozy kitchen of The Doctor's House hostel in Sarajevo. Čajdžinica Džirlo, or 'the hippie tea shop' as the girls at the hostel put it. It was my second day in Bo... The Sunday Letter May 8, 2016 The Sunday Letter Friday brought the last day of my internship with CBC in London. In a way, it's good because I don't think I could have afforded living in London much longer (although I am now a connoisseur of £2 din... Lifestyle January 6, 2016 Nodding Terms The arrival of the New Year has us making lists with new pens and dreaming over hot cups of tea about the people we want to become. But let's take a note as we travel down the road of self-impr... The Sunday Letter February 15, 2015 Sunday Sundries | Vol. 3 We are expecting a boatload of snow here in Atlantic Canada today. A perfect time to curl up inside with some tea and get caught up on some reading. Δ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDx talk from ... Tea Education January 24, 2015 How to Make Great Matcha What is this mystical, green beverage? Matcha (抹茶): It's fun to prepare, has a cool history, tastes awesome and is also pretty healthy. First off, what's it made of? Matcha is made from f... Lifestyle January 18, 2015 Women are Like Tea Bags I'd like to rephrase this to read 'people are like tea bags', but I can't blame Eleanor since she was a badass feminist living in the early 20th Century, and you just know that she must have... Lifestyle January 4, 2015 Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down I'd read, heard and seen this funny phrase posted across the internet for years (most commonly phrased as 'Illegitimi non carborundum'), attributed to both Margaret Atwood (in the Handmaid's Tale)...