This blog is about tea. Tea is very important to life in Egypt. Tea is life in Egypt.
It is served in small glass cups. The liquid is clear brown, served boiling hot, tastes very sweet and is meant to be sipped.
If you want to tell someone how stressful and busy your day was you explain that you haven’t had time for even one cup of tea.
If you are about to do some housework (or any kind of work at all), you make a few cups of tea. You can’t work without tea just like you can’t rest without tea.
But there’s more to this delightful drink than taste or comfort. It’s the essence of community.
If you want to make a friend, you drink tea with him. You talk. You drink more tea. You connect on a deeper level than you would through mere conversation.
The experience is comparable to smoking a peace pipe with a Native American or going to a movie with a non-native American.
There will be jokes. There will be questions. There will be debates. There will be an openness of mind and heart.
And there will be many many more cups of tea.