Drinking Tea in Strange Places

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever drunk a cup of tea? Well, no matter how strange it might be it probably doesn’t compare to drinking it in a wind tunnel. Which is what British adventurer and TV personality attempted to do in 2011 to further the noble cause of helping Typhoo Tea sell more of their wares. Granted, trying to drink tea in winds of up to 150 mph is something of an exercise in futility, but you’ve got to give Fogle an “A” for effort. See the official Typhoo video of the event here or click on the image below:

Ben Fogle in Typhoo Tea's Ul-Tea-Mate Challenge (Photo source: screen capture from site)
Ben Fogle in Typhoo Tea’s Ul-Tea-Mate Challenge (Photo source: screen capture from site)

In August, 2012, the good people at Virgin Balloon Flights sponsored an event that gave a whole new dimension to the term “high” tea. They hosted what was “believed to be the highest open-air airborne tea party” sailing above the Earth in one of their balloons at a mere 1,300 feet. Sandwiches and cream cakes were served during the hour-long flight, along with Twinings tea and sparkling wine. You can read all about it at the company’s blog but judging from their current list of offerings you don’t have the option to recreate the experience for yourself.

If you’re a hardy sort looking for an offbeat place to take tea, albeit one that’s a little more down to Earth, you might check out a pair of tea houses located in the Canadian Rockies. There’s Lake Agnes Tea House, which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a refuge for hikers and which has been serving tea since 1905. It’s located at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, at an elevation of about 7,000 feet, and you’ll have to hike to get there, although they note at their Web site that you do have the option to rent horses.

In the same general neck of the woods and at about the same elevation you’ll also find another tea house, located at the end of the trail of the strikingly named Plain of Six Glaciers hike, which appears to be a slightly longer and somewhat more strenuous hike than the aforementioned. Read all about the hike and the tea house, and check out a selection of great photos in this blog post.

Last up, some perennial favorites that we covered a few years back but that are worth another quick mention. Here’s the ever popular video of astronaut Don Pettit drinking tea globules with chopsticks onboard the International Space Station. Tea, South Dakota isn’t named for the beverage but it would be a great place to have a cup of tea, even so. Or you could try the town of Pu-er, in China, which is actually named for a type of tea.

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