Tea For Three
/ti fawr (unstressed fer) three/
a little travel blog by Sydney-based communications students Juliana, Winnie and Jessica, as they survive (and hopefully thrive!) for a year in Shanghai and Hangzhou respectively, clinging to their air filters for dear life and trying very hard not to think about Australian beaches.
Like most innovations, Tea For Three was borne out of laziness. We all had the faint idea that we would like to blog our experiences of a year away. However, the thought of coming up with new, original, written and visual content regularly ourselves just seemed like way too much of a burden. We’re all slaves to the content machine now, so may as well work in threes.
We’d love for you to follow us as we share our thoughts on living in the biggest, craziest, smoggiest, most frustratingly wondrous country in our corner of the planet. The three of us are going to a place where we look the part but don’t really fit in, bringing with it a whole new sphere of questions around identity, culture and (don’t you dare say it, oh my word, don’t, I swear) …belonging. But promise we won’t philosophise on that boring stuff too much. It’s mostly going to be which restaurant in Shanghai has the soupiest xiao long bao, riding wild ponies in Mongolia and trying to find a cute boy over 175cm to date. Cue Jamie XX’s I Know There’s Gonna be Good Times, because that’s exactly what this year is going to be.
Journalism/International Studies student at the University of Technology, Sydney. Can be found bragging about her useless talents such as being left handed, typing very quickly and her questionable impersonations. Adopts a bogan/wog persona so often she’s not sure she can claim they are only personas anymore. Chose Hangzhou over Shanghai for her host city mostly because she hates crowds. Favourite teas include Earl Grey, China Jasmine and Soy Chai, though she hears Hangzhou is famous for their Longjing green tea.
UTS Public Communications and International Studies student, Winnie finds joy in simplicity and unashamedly loves rom-coms as much as likes to discover the world through words on paper. From Sydney to Shanghai and perhaps in the spread of land and sea in between, she hopes to find solace in the unknown and a sense of identity beyond the comforts and luxuries of sun, sand and surf. On any given day, find Winnie mulling over (and most likely, overthinking) everything over a warm bowl of soy matcha latte. Fragrant genmaicha sings to her traditional Chinese upbringing, reminding her of the virtues of rice, where life and prosperity symbolically finds its origins. Mildly sweet and ever so tender, Chamomile soothes her soul on sleepless nights.
UTS journalism/international studies kid, loves A$AP Rocky, cares a lot about everything and also nothing, is one of those sickos who likes eating coriander raw and by the handful. Has promised to bring home a fuerdai for all of her single girl friends back in Sydney. Is a bit basic so takes milk and sugar with every cup of English Breakfast. Gotta balance out that saltiness, you know?