I read The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux during a 36-hour train ride from Bangalore to Kolkata.
I didn’t know what to expect from Kolkata. I had no idea if I’d like it. But that’s the best thing about a journey: what Theroux describes as the “leap in the dark.” Every new trip brings new discoveries: sights and sounds, tastes and smells (lot’s of those on a 36-hour train journey)
What draws me in is that a trip is a leap in the dark. It’s like a metaphor for life. You set off from home, and in the classic travel book, you go to an unknown place. You discover a different world, and you discover yourself
– Paul Theroux
The collaboration involves lots of interesting workshops about travel, food, nature and craftsmanship – all the best stuff. It’s in support of Women for Women, a charity helping women around the world affected by war and conflict.
At Taylors HQ, I learned how they do their work, the stuff that sets them apart: they promote recycling, have planted three million trees worldwide, and work with the Rainforest Alliance to help improve environmental standards with their tea and coffee suppliers.
I also got to taste lots of different teas and coffees, which I was really excited about, until I learned how it was done: lot’s of slurping and lot’s of spitting and – I’ll say no more about it …
Let’s talk about food instead. I ate some really great food during the two days I spent in Harrogate. Who knew it’s such a foody town? I tried Norse’s superb ten-course tasting menu with a twist – the twist being Taylors’ tea and coffee were used to flavour the food. My fellow diners and I did, however, manage to lower the tone by laughing at the “funny-sounding” dish names.
I have the pleasure of sharing this journey with lots of other wonderful people, including seven other Instagrammers and a few of the Creating for Good team.
We all attended a storytelling workshop during our time in Yorkshire. Two wonderful Creating for Good ladies, Jess and Jessica, discussed all different types of storytellers: musicians, photographers, and, best of all, David Attenborough.
The setting wasn’t half bad either. Rudding Park Hotel had 300 acres of gardens and woodland for the lot of us to run around in – moving the garden furniture around, setting up props, and taking pictures from every angle possible.
This is just the beginning. We’re going to more new places and discovering more new stuff. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this extraordinary journey and a few more leaps in the dark.