Our grandparents in Belgium, live near the “kattekensberg” or the “cat mountain”. In the 19th century the inhabitants of the city of Antwerp, were attracted to this beautiful green region with its prairies, birch woods and sand mountains, to relax. My cousin and I play in our camp in the forest of the cat mountain and afterwards eat my Grandad’s pancakes!
My brother and I explore Tarragona, a city in the north of Spain where the Romans (200 BC) built impressive “bread and circuses” infrastructure to please people, we came across this statue of a mommy wolf. We have heard stories of bad wolves chasing pigs or red riding hood, but this one seems to be feeding two little brothers. We would not want to exchange our mom for a wolf. But we are pretty good at building stuff, like these two brothers boys Romulus and Remus who eventually built Rome.
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world). Tea’s e-commerce site manager, Priscilla Wong, traveled to South Korea and Thailand and shares her a piece of her adventure with us here today…
I’ve been so blessed to be able to travel so often while working at Tea. During my most recent trip, I traveled to South Korea and Thailand. My first stop was Seoul. It is apparent in Seoul that the old meets the new when it comes to buildings. I loved seeing the traditional buildings from Korea’s storied past right next to modern designs from today’s architectural greats. My favorite architectural landmark in Seoul was their City Hall. It looked like a giant tidal wave in the middle of a bustling roundabout. Neon lights, organic building shapes, and state of the art public transportation are abundant in this metropolis. It’s amazing how clean the city is, yes, even their public buses. Amazing! We spent many hours studying our map and finding free wifi to help us get where we needed to go. After turning down one too many wrong streets, we soon found out that sometimes the best places are the places you stumble upon, like the fried chicken neighborhood in Seoul! Imagine, streets and streets filled with Korean Fried Chicken restaurants all competing for your business – my personal dream. How do you pick when you can’t read the local language? Pick the one with the most patrons! We lucked out and had the best fried chicken of our lives. Each piece was perfectly fried with just the right amount of breading in every bite.
This season, Tea is partnering with The Global Fund for Children to give back to several organizations located in South America. This month, we’re featuring the Asociación Civil Los Pioneros in Callao, Peru. Learn more about this wonderful organization below.
Bolivia is a country filled with deeply-rooted people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. There are over 36 different indigenous tribes that make up the population of Bolivia, indigenous meaning they are native to Bolivia, making it the highest percentage of indigenous peoples in all of South America. Most of these tribes have lived in South America for thousands of years.
This season, Tea is partnering with The Global Fund for Children to give back to several organizations located in South America. This month, we’re featuring the Fundación UBECI in Quito, Ecuador. Learn more about this wonderful organization below.
Whenever we travel to a new destination, we strive to completely immerse ourselves in the local culture as it’s the best way to gain the most authentic and well-rounded experience. We eat where the locals eat, shop where the locals shop and talk to as many people as we can to make real connections. While visiting La Paz, Bolivia, we were immediately drawn to the allure of the mercados (or markets). Early each morning, the streets of La Paz begin to buzz with activity. As the sun rises, women from the indigenous tribes (called cholitas) living in the hills surrounding the town, head towards the city. Dressed in brightly colored traditional clothing, the cholitas set up their shops along the street. They sell everything from produce, handicrafts, souvenirs and meals. We watched as people from different parts of the city came to the town center to shop for their daily meals and household goods. Shopping in La Paz as a tourist can be a hectic experience, but exploring them is a great way to feel like a local. Here is a roundup of the markets we visited and tips on when to go and what to find.
Summer has only just begun and layers and flannel may be the last thing on your mind. But one thing is certain, we’re sure you have plans to head out on a road trip this summer; to the beach, the lake, to a friend’s house or maybe grandma’s. This Fall, we’re crossing the equator to do what we do best—explore! We set out on a road trip of our own, through Argentina and Bolivia, and came back with armloads of inspiration. We want to share this feeling of wanderlust with you and your little citizens! See these back-to-school styles inspired by the road less traveled. It’s never to soon to swoon.