Raw silk cotton half-dark,
white stucco, whitewashed brick embrace,
smells of incense and spice.
Music in the corners of your mind
Turkish lamps, draping the low ceiling
with gold-light lacework.
Chessboard crazy-mosaic tables in different shades of wood
Low cushions in soft bright colours
Corners that feel like home,
an arm about your shoulders.
A hundred different types of tea,
all flowing – flowing endlessly
Warm round pot on the sticky tabletop,
a hot comfortable cup in your hands.
Shelter, discovery, smoke-scented gentle love – all at once.
~ Marta Ziemelis. Written in Glasgow and Dubai, copyright August 2013.
I recently took a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, to visit a close friend. During the week I spent there I came to some realisations about myself, and made a number of discoveries. One of these discoveries – with which the seasoned and maybe also the new travellers among my readers will be familiar – was that if you are shown around or told about a newly-visited place by someone who lives there, you will stumble across wonderful spots you might not have discovered on your own. That’s how I found myself in the Glasgow tea-house Tchai-Ovna, which inspired this piece. If you are ever in Glasgow and fancy a good cup of tea, I suggest tracking it down.