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Tea traditions

The history of tea has its roots in antiquity. The name of the favourite drink comes from Northern Chinese cha, which translates as “young leaf”. In China tea was known since 220 years, the culture began to cultivate it with the 350. At first, tea was an expensive beverage, it was drunk by priests and rulers as a medicinal drink that relieves fatigue, and strengthens the eyesight. In the 6th century, tea was a drink of nobles, from the 10th century and became common among the Chinese, at the same time began the development of the tea trade.

In 16-18 centuries, tea spread all over Europe. In the Netherlands there was a tradition to have a tea party after dinner, then it took roots in many European countries. Since the 18th century tea was grown in India and Sri Lanka, the seeds were brought there by the British. Later the plant started to breed on Java, Sumatra, Vietnam, Africa and South America.

Currently tea – the most popular drink in the world. Each country has its own traditions of tea drinking. Different Nations have different rules for brewing beverage, serving tea and accompanying treats

The English tradition of tea drinking

The British consume more tea from all Europeans. On average, each inhabitant per year falls by 2.1 kg of tea. Traditionally the British drink black tea with Continue reading

Central Asia

Our next trip

Travel NOT required, but if you have it should take.

Transport

Four-wheel drive Toyota Hiace van.

In the car 8 seats (excluding the driver), backpacks go in the trunk behind the seats.

Description of the trip

Covered East Kazakhstan . then descend to the South to Almaty, hereinafter in Kyrgyzstan . Bishkek, go on a ring around the lake Issyk-Kul. Return through Central Kazakhstan . through lake Balkhash . through Astana.

One of our main objectives: “the Martian landscape” canyons, colorful mountains.

Kazakhstan: The Altyn-Emel, Kiin-Kerish, Shekelmes .

Charyn canyon near the Almaty. Desert, semi-desert, singing sand dunes.

In Kyrgyzstan, the gorge Jety-Oguz .

Route – peer-intelligence .

In practice, this means that calibrated minute-by-minute schedule exists, the schedule and route is composed of approximately dnevok. Facing possible route adjustments depending on the weather, road conditions and other nuances.

Route :

Transfer from Barnaul to the border of Russia and Kazakhstan. Moving across the border.

AK-Baur (astronomical unit).

38 kilometres from the city is a unique monument of culture of the primitive age, the tract of AK-Baur, called “Kazakhstan’s Stonehenge”. This tract is preserved ancient Continue reading

The History of Korean cuisine

History of Korean cuisine originated in the distant past. Documentary evidence of Korean culinary art found in ancient Chinese and Japanese sources.

The Chinese mentioned Korean dish called magic, which, according to historians, probably is a precursor of bulgogi (thinly sliced, soaked in special sauce of beef, roasted on the fire). In the Chinese Chronicles of the VI century BC mentions with admiration the Korean art of fermenting soybeans. 1300 years later, in 700 Japanese chronicler mentioned that soybean paste tenjan was first brought to Japan from the Bark. Since then, tenjan, received in the name of Japan’s miso is still widely used in Japanese cuisine.

Koreans have long loved and appreciated meat. This is evidenced by the fact that in Buyeo, one of the ancient Korean States, in the II century BC officials, to which were breeding cattle, horses, pigs and dogs, enjoyed a high status and rank were almost immediately behind the king.

Great influence on the development of Korean cuisine was provided by the emergence in Korea of Buddhism approximately in the year 400 of our era. More and more common instead of meat then began to get vegetarian dishes with very complex recipes. It was during this period in Korea are beginning to drink the tea and ancient tea ceremonies Continue reading

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