Thursday Tea (Jan 20): The Odyssey

Thursday Tea is a weekly(-ish) meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is a cup of tea, the book you’re currently reading, and the answers to the following questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not you think the two go together.

The book: Right now I’m about 17% into The Odyssey (reading it on my Kindle, obviously). I splurged for the Fagles translation because Claire told me to, although technically it wasn’t splurging anyway because I used gift cards. But! It was definitely worth it. I have another translation in dead tree format somewhere, and it was terrible. Translations really do make all the difference, for realz.

The tea: I seem to have misplaced almost all my Stash Christmas teas (or someone STOLE THEM), so I’m back to regular ol’ Earl Grey. It’s actually kind of surprising to me, how much I like Earl Grey now; when I was younger I thought it tasted horrible, and I was English Breakfast all the way. Now I can’t stand English Breakfast (unless it’s mixed with Earl Grey for iced tea, the way my mom makes it) and I adore Earl Grey! But I still don’t like Queen’s Breakfast.

Do they go together? Yes, actually! And here’s why: Earl Grey is smooth, and rich, and when you put milk into it, it gets all cloudy. This sort of reminds me of Athena, one of the main characters in The Odyssey! Besides the fact that she has grey eyes (ones that flash an awful lot) and that goes with the whole “Earl Grey” thing, she does seem like the sort of person who’d like the taste of Earl Grey. Don’t you think?

Athena just screams “tea drinker” to me. I don’t know why!

What’s your Thursday Tea?

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