It's hard to stick to the no-new-teas rule. Really hard.
I broke it.
I've gone all out and have a collection.
The tea situation as a temporary student is not great. That sounds absurd- it's Russia, after all!- but it's just not happening. It's like a game in which constant upgrades are required.
Level 1: You arrive in the dorms with nothing. You buy bottled water. You think a lot about tea. A lot. Cost: 80 rubles, $1.20 USD.
Level 2: You buy a lighter, a small saucepan, a tea cup, a box of black tea, and a box of herbal tea. Now you can make and drink tea in the dorms (when the kitchen is open: 6 AM - 11PM). You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, waiting for the water to boil and avoiding cockroaches. You consider Level 3 but hey, there's only a few more weeks of school and as the popular Russian saying goes- надо экономить, we must save our resources. Cost: 1000 rubles, $15 USD.
Level 3: You break down and buy an electric tea kettle. And three more boxes of black teas. And a cute little Korean thermos to bring tea to class. And a bag of frozen pelmeni to boil now that the saucepan has retired from tea duty. Cost: 1500 rubles, $23 USD. Bonus: you get lots of visitors stopping by your room for a fill-up ;)
Level 4- Expert: You go to a home goods store and get that picture you've always wanted (but refused to spend thirty dollars on at IKEA). You put the picture on the windowsill and look at it constantly. And a Russian friend brings you dried lemon balm from her garden, which turns out to be an awesome add-on to any tea. Cost: 395 rubles for the picture, $6.20 USD.
Приятного чаепитие, or, let the tea drinking begin!
|Czech morning tea from my neighbor :)|