Tea Time (in Boulder, Colorado)!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado, and during a brief recess in my meetings, I was able to visit a famous tea house with an amazing story.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Restaurant was such a great place to relax and sip a delicious cup o tea. Here’s the story, from their website:

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

Completely build by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.

Great story, isn’t it? By the way – try the hummus as well. I sipped on a vanilla black tea, and loved it so much I still daydream about it at the end of the week.

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Fantasy Friday – Tajikistan

It just popped into my head, ok?

Here’s my fantasy agenda, with the help of Lonely Planet.

1. Pamir Highway – One of the world’s great road trips, offering jaw-dropping high-altitude lakes and fine community-based homestays.

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2. Wakhan Valley – Remote and beautiful valley, shared with Afghanistan, and peppered with Silk Rd forts, Buddhist ruins and spectacular views of the snowbound Hindu Kush.

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3. Yurt stays – Breakfast on fresh yogurt and cream while overnighting with a Kyrgyz family on the high pastures of the Pamir plateau.

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4. Fan Mountains – Austere but beautiful trekking destination of turquoise lakes and Tajik shepherds, easily accessible from Samarkand.

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5. M34 – The mountain drive between Dushanbe and Khojand or Penjikent takes you over high passes and into towering mountain scenery.

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I am actually quite excited. It sounds gorgeous! And plenty of hiking which I love! Too bad it’s a fantasy right now.