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Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Accessories, Responsibilitea, Yerba Mate |

Gourds, Bombillas and a Small World

When I started at the Pittsburgh Public Market, I remember striking up a conversation with a lovely lady, Laura, and her mother, Pat.  We started talking about Yerba Mate, my favorite tea.  At that point, she indicated her fiance is from Brazil and he also LOVED Mate.  She and I started talking about gourds and bombillas and the like.

Over the past 7+ months she and I have developed a lovely friendship.  As a lover of travel, I, of course, love reading about her adventures with her fiance, Roberto on her blog,  Two friends of mine are on the tail end of their once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world,, and in our extremely small world, Laura had been following my friends via Twitter and their blog.

Laura just came back from a fantastic trip to Bolivia with Roberto.  Before she left, we chatted about the typical South American tea stuff.  She brought back some gourds and bombillas that Roberto had picked up in Brazil.  So far they have been the hit at the market.  So much so that I have asked Roberto’s cousin, who is a fantastic painter, to paint some for me to sell.  I love to be able link products I sell with not only the source, but also how it pertains to Pittsburgh (Laura).

What I continue to find in my weeks at the Pittsburgh Public Market is that the people who come back really do become friends.  I’ve learned so much from these people and I continue to learn more each minute I spend behind the booth selling tea.  Isn’t that what life is all about?

Bee Well.  Drink Tupelo Honey Teas.

The Tea Lady