A little bit of fresh mint tea

I had first mint tea when I was a kid in the mornings together with bread and butter and honey. My dad used to collect the mint somewhere close to his job and he used to dry it in the kitchen or on the balcony. So as far as I remember I thought the mint tea is from dry leaves.

Many years apart I started to travel the world and one day I arrived in Morroco and I felt a familiar enchanting my olfactory senses. I was happy with my cappuccino on a small outside cafe on the Marakesh market but i had to give up and have a mint tea as my mind refused to think or smell anything else. When the tea arrived i was suprised to find out that fresh mint tea leaves where jamming in my cup and not the dry black version that was popular in my country. I really loved the idea that something was different but somehow the same that I have decided to keep the habbit of having fresh mint tea.

Fresh mint tea is the tea that connected 2 of my cherished memories, one of my dad making breakfast during my youth and one of me travelling around the world and experiencing old and new flavors alike. It is the tea of connection and care and I enjoy a cup with you this evening to cure my craving for both.

Photo by Jaida Stewart on Unsplash

Hugs,

Teodora

Today One Of My Favourite Poems

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

By Rudyard Kippling

Photo by Artur Aldyrkhanov on Unsplash

Love,

Teodora

My Last Boyfriend – 7 Reasons To Date A Robot

As every good love story, this one happen in Paris. I met him in an exhibition IAAPA where people from the leisure and attractions industry like to exhibit their latest technology. He was a tall UK gentlemen that can shake hand with you, but otherwise pretty inflexible. He had his legs screwed into the floor, so that will not run away and enjoy the trade show 😀

I has so much fun at the company stand that I made the robot fall in love with me, so he displayed his love all over his cheeks and eyes. I realized that someday in the near future some girls might prefer this type of partner because of the following conveniences:

  1. You can have it custom-built, so for example, if you are a pretty tall girl (I consider in that range) you will be able to have very easy a prototype that is 7 feet (2m something) . No more problems if you can or not wear hills on your date, is definitely a yes. As well I can imagine you can work a little bit on design, in case you prefer a black suit or a hippie flower shirt instead of the classy white
  2. He is never angry with you, no matter how many times break a glass on his face by accident or you stumble on his body around the house and he ends up face-down. A simple reboot of his software and you will hear his crystal clear friendly funny voice
  3. It is totally replaceable without all this drama we have around relationships. The broken version will be recycled and can help some poor kids in Africa to learn English. So it is recommended to be changed often so that charities around the world use it where it will need it the most. No couple counseling, hysteria that you will be left alone and friends rescue plans anymore.
  4. It is the next level of sexual pleasure, he has 20 programs installed, easy to configure, and with extra gadgets available for a tiny cost. The robot is never on a business trip or cheating you with the first available cute 20 something girl. Additionally you can add flesh-like textures with warmth and that special perfume you liked on you ex. We have a sample of hair that can be attached by request 😀
  5. It can be your secret or plain sight partner as you wish. We have additional cost for a running partner, martial arts or capoeira teacher. If you choose to be open and let the world know you are dating one of our products we can provide you with some additional marketing discounts.
  6. It is kids friendly by design, one of the fundamental features I would say. Every time you have your friends stopping by with their kids, you can lock them out safely with your partner in the garden and you can rejoice the company of your friends. Your friends will visit you more as they would really appreciate the time to be around adults.
  7. It can be purchased with an installment agreement, up to 20 years. Any replacement of parts will be subject to warranty. So easy to spread the cost and enjoy your robotic love 😀

I had plenty of fun trying to imagine why you would take such a decision. Even though I am a technology freak I really believe humans are not so easy to be replaced. I can see a world with robots at reception, self-driving vehicles, and so on, but is still questionable if some of us will decide in the near future to have a robot as a partner. I say for now that I wouldn’t, but you never know what 20 years will bring.

Love,

Teodora

PS: Just found out is the International Laughing Day, so just on time 😀