World Tea Expo 2015 – Arrival

I’m a bit late in getting my write ups about World Tea Expo out but there was just so much to cover! This whole week (including the Friday Round Up) will be devoted to my trip. This year World Tea Expo returned to Long Beach, California. Not everyone is happy with this location but this Jersey girl definitely doesn’t mind spending a week at the beach. Full of nervous excitement, I donned my +Tealet shirt and headed out by train to JFK airport. I was glad that my boyfriend was able to accompany me because my bags were quite heavy.

I had a small security snafu because I forgot that there was a pocket knife in one of the pockets of my backpack. Oops! The TSA owns in now. Flying is not really my thing but I do enjoy the birds eye view of our country, especially the mountainous states like Colorado.

At long last I arrived in Long Beach and grabbed a cab to the beach house where I would be staying. How amazing is this house? Sharing it with a gaggle of fellow tea lovers made it even better. Last year was a bit like the first day of school since I had never met many of these people before but this year felt more like a family reunion. +Elyse Petersen+Michael Petersen+Rie Tulali, Tealet+Jake Kajiyama+Rajiv Lochan+Naomi Rosen+Michael Ortiz and Tico of Jo Jo Tea, +Philip Holmans of  +World Tea House, +TJ W of World Tea Podcast, +Natasha N and more made up our motley crew. By pure happenstance +Chris Giddings and +Nicole Schwartz rented the top floor of our house so we added even more tea people to the mix.
I was glad that I arrived a day before expo began so that I was able to settle in and avoid rushing or missing anything important. My panel with +Jen Piccotti+Geoffrey Norman, and +Jo J was the next day so I tried my best to get a good night sleep despite the butterflies. 
Stay tuned the rest of this week for a report of each day of my California adventure.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.