The puerh has finished steeping now. Mmm. That's it. The gravitas of this beverage matches my mood. Earthy, raw, and (to tell the truth) a little dusty.
|Camel caravan from Mongolia at Great Wall of China|
Anatoli - Minister of the Interior or some such title. Guardian of Lake Baikal and its environs -Apparatchik and Russian mafia.
Natasha - Anatoli's daughter. Studied abroad in the U.S. Unswervingly devoted to her father, but harboring desires to follow her own dreams.
Rimma Chen - Mayor of Irkutsk. She and Anatoli play the game of "keep your friends close and enemies closer," in particular regarding each other.
Vica - Anatoli's girl Friday. Has near-stalker adoration for Anatoli. Acts as interpreter for tea tour group.
Mimi - Ex-wife of studio executive. Large, gregarious, and enjoying the spoils of her late marriage.
Esther Mango - Widow of famous motion picture score composer and Mimi's BFF. The emotional opposite of her friend. Timid, mournful and fearing the worst at all times.
And then the nameless ones:
X1 - Oscar-winning actress, though most critics believe it to be a fluke. A one-hit wonder. Believes herself to be next in line to the Marilyn Monroe - Pamela Anderson sex kitten legacy. Her recent negotiations with PETA have helped stoke those fantasies.
X2 - Her brother. Also, her whipping boy. At her beck and call, and is consistently mortified by his sister's remarks.
C1 - Old money Orange County. Helped develop the infrastructure of many of the newer cities in the county. Semi-retired and now indulging in pet interests.
C2 - His devoted wife. Enthralled with tea. Enthralled with everything. Uber fan of the actress and can hardly believe her luck to be on the tea tour with her.
D1 - Hollywood plastic surgeon whose obsession with youth and fitness is near mania. Researching teas for his practice. Believes in Lake Baikal's youth restoring properties.
D2 - His high-strung wife. Desperately loves her high profile lifestyle, and fights to mask the fact she is thoroughly irritated by her husband.
Names, names. What are they? I guess I'll need to get to know them a little better.
My other dilemma - still looking for Russian Caravan tea samples. Would love suggestions.