Three of my favorite tea companies are on the search for the first teas of 2014.
They’re posting excellent photos of their travels in China and India right now via social media outlets.
Have a look:

Silk Road Teas (via Facebook), based in San Rafael, California.
Single source Chinese teas.

ThunderboltTea (via Facebook) based in Darjeeling, India.
Exclusively Darjeelings.

Camellia Sinensis (via Facebook) based in Montréal, Canada.
They sell everything.

When people talk about Berlin they typically gush about how great summer is, how dreadfully grey winter will soon be, and the frequent fun of parties, biking, beer and art. But not until I moved here did I start hearing about the New Year: it’s an orgy of explosions with tons of people setting off fireworks big and small all over the place through the night (and randomly over the next day). It was actually quite exciting as well as a bit terrifying. The next day you see all the remains littering the streets and sidewalks (stay tuned for photos). Video taken outside Schwuz in Neukölln.