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India by Delhicatessen

Avui a Radio 4 a les 8.05 l’India a Directe 4.0 de la Xantal Llavina. us parlarem de què fer aquestes vacances al subcontinent indi!

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India by Delhicatessen

Avui a Radio 4 a les 8.05 l’India a Directe 4.0 de la Xantal Llavina. us parlarem de què fer aquestes vacances al subcontinent indi!

Girona 106.2
Barcelona 100.8


Orange Tea

Bubble tea is the latest trend in London. Apparently somebody is making a lot of money by introducing the cold tea with tapioca pearls in the capital of UK. The idea of mixing tea and tapioca was born in Taichung. Chun Shui Tans (chunshuitang.com.tw) has now shops in the major cities of Taiwan. But instead of that, I tried this Orange Tea (orangetea.com.tw) stall in a Shilin night market excursion under the drizzling rain. The favourite there was the passion fruit green tea with pearls and coconut jelly. It was really a great mix. Passion fruit, also called mburucuya in Paraguay comes from a flower whose shape reminds the Passion of Jesuschrist. After the flower you get a sour juicy fruit with loads of seeds. Mixed with green ice tea was A perfect blend. It seems that Taiwanese like to chew because all the other ingredients, jelly and pearls, had a very soft flavour.

So carrying my first bubble tea I went to eat in a super famous chicken fried stall with a huge queue and ended with cream filled dorayakis. Oh, and I bought original socks smell free. I am really curious to see if they work! 🙂


CKS Memorial Hall

The impressive architecture of the National Auditorium and the National Theatre stands by the Memorial Hall in honour of Chang Kaishek. Even under the rain the complex had severe and imponent aspect. Later I have been invited to a lunch organized by my host’s parents. Apparently they run a school of kungfu and have a get together to welcome a student who is living abroad.

We take the MRT upto Danshui river. The train goes riverside for a while, the rain keeps pouring smoothly into the river. My host tells me a bit about Taiwanese minorities. The MRT announces each stop in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka and English. Amazing!

When we reach the place a big group is praying to Buddha in a home made altar. I stand beside them in silence. at the end, my friend’s father, Mr. Chen, distributes some Tibetan medecine and an image of a boddisatva. She tells me that it will be a protection in my way. I accept the blessings and thak his father who everybody respect as a wise man. Later, i will discover that he also has a very “Mediterranean” sense of humor while we exchange in a broken English funny stories of our experiences in India. He has been several times in the Himalayas with Tibetan masters to learn buddhism, but his India and mine seem 2 alien countries.


DEL – KUL – TPE

It is true that once in the flight to a country you start to be in there. Usually, I experience that flying from Europe to India. I am still in London or Vienna but suddenly everything metamorphose towards India in a glimpse. How? Magic. Indians are capable to transform the quietest of Lufthansa flight in a literally flying circus.

Today, as soon as I entered the aircraft there was some promise of silence and peace. Taiwanese people is really correct in a flight and apparently they travel quite less with children. People read, watched movies or slept, unlike the previous flight Delhi-Kuala Lumpur where my seatmate asked me to borrow my book about Chinese tea and kept calling the air hostess with stupid demands such as why there were turbulences if there were no mountains below us. Needless to say that I never met him before.

Did you know that legend tells the discovery of tea was made by the Holy Farmer 5000 years ago when tasting different herbs got intoxicated 72 times and found that the brew os tea could cure him from those poisons. Amazing will yhat of the Holy Farmer. I wonder if the classical Chinese books also mention which variety of tea made the miracle. I hope it is jasmin tea (then I will be always protected).


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