You could say that the paradox of modern travel is that while the soul travels at the pace of a camel, our bodies travel at the speed of a jet plane. Since March of this year, I have flown to Bali, Indonesia; from Bali to Sydney, then to Perth and Margaret River in Australia; to Singapore; back to Bali, then Hong Kong, then Vancouver and finally our coastal paradise of Ucluelet / Tofino; which is currently home.
I know I’m exhausted just writing this. But, the trip lasted 3 months and we traveled with our 3 year old son. And if you want your soul to linger longer in one spot, hang out with a child who demands your full presence.
More Yogue favourites from the land of OZ.
We were happy to discover an array of yummy chais down under. Our favourite currently is the Chai Tea Company’s Organic Rainbow Chai, a blend of 49% Certified Organic Black tea, from the highlands of Sri Lanka, and 51% Certified Organic chunky spice.
The aromatic mix of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg and star anise is as tasty as my mom’s homemade chai from Bombay, while the company’s committment to sustainability is inspiring. The “Chai Shed” where the Chai Tea Company’s has been blending and packaging its nine chai flavours since the past twenty years – in recycled cardboard boxes of course – is located deep in the forests of New South Wales and is completely off the grid, powered solely by solar energy, as are the homes of the company’s founders.
Sipping chai has never felt so good.
To learn more and purchase online, visit www.chai.com.au.
Cult beauty favourite Aesop is native to Melbourne. Their chic Armadale store drew me in with the beguiling, natural scents the company is known for. Founded in 1987 the line offers botanical based personal care products for men and women.
Aesop’s uber-cool store design: each store is unique to its location in look and feel and boasts fixtures such as an original Paolo Venini hand blown glass light; focus on cruelty-free and chemical free skin-care, and simple, beautiful packaging, not to mention support of the arts, music and literature make this a beauty brand that ranks high in my books.
With stores in London, Tokyo and Paris, Aesop is not a down-under secret anymore. You can also get your fix by shopping online here.