The one where the Universe tells me I need a samovar

samovarSince the new year began, no less than three books I’ve read have featured characters who brew and serve tea using a samovar…a Russian one. The beautiful antique at left is currently available from Ebay for a mere $11,500 (although I could make an offer).

There are several available for quite lower prices on Amazon, even electric ones (egad). Any of them would certainly be a better financial choice for me, but they are definitely not as majestic as the one I have imagined in my head.

As a tea lover, I feel compelled to at least find a place that would serve tea to me from such a device–but what are the chances of that in Central Illinois?

Here are the books I blame for this current obsession:

It’s a good thing it’s the weekend–plenty of time to drink tea in a much less dignified way–and figure out how a samovar could become mine….

That is all.

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