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  • I've found that many of the things I love are because my family members love them as well. I always have been extremely close to my father's mother, and she passed down to me her love of tea. As a young girl, I remember her making tea for me and teaching me how to brew my tea and prepare it perfectly. We still have tea together now and then, and I'm reminded of a trip we took together when I was younger.

    When I was 12, I went with her and my grandfather to London for the first time. It was the summer before my Bat Mitzvah, and as a very generous gift, my grandparents had offered to take me on a week-long trip to any place I liked. I picked London, because I had always been fascinated with the history and culture, and I must admit, I was dying to sample their tea! We did have high tea one day with my grandparents' friends, and it was a wonderful experience. I remember the tiered plates with tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries and the delicious clotted cream and jam. And of course the tea with brown and white sugar cubes, which I gobbled up!

    I ended up back in London when I was 20 years old on a month-long study abroad program during the summer before my junior year of college. It was an absolute blast, and of course I had to introduce my friends to the art of high tea! I am going back to London this summer for the Olympics, and hopefully I can continue my tea tradition once there. There truly isn't anything like British high tea!
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