Good grief, British academics drink hard. My usual relief at returning home is this time further compounded by my tiredness after several nights of punishment at the hands of some rather heavy-drinking senior professors.
I should add that there's nothing big or impressive about drinking alcohol, but it's just the unspoken law in academia - particularly if the conference is held in an out-of-the-way location. It's also the "great equaliser" - junior whelps like myself suddenly find themselves swapping (dodgy) stories with senior profs, both of whom no doubt rather wish they hadn't in the cold light of day. It's a great way to make good friends, but it does make you appreciate a good night's sleep at home afterwards.
You'll excuse me if there's no tea review today - I slumped behind the tea-table and grabbed something familiar and enjoyable (Tieluohan from Houde), thoughts of tasting notes far from my mind. This dark, embracing tea is very welcome as the late-evening skies gradually dim.
In coming days, stay tuned for further TeaCuppa reviews, more from Houde, and a very special guest tasting of samples from MarshalN (thanks!).