Participation at my first international TMCI experience was very accidental and I even hadn’t expected that I would get there. But it was a good start for shaping my serious intentions about tea. I changed my teas that I had at home and I improved the quality of the teas I was drinking. And then we had a visit of Alexander Wagner who gave a very good seminar about tea and again changed my attitude to tea. Thanks to these two things I became very oriented at becoming professional.
I did a lot of rehearsals before TMC International, found local Latvian ceramics master and we designed with her special tea set. Korean TMCI again taught me a lot and I made my conclusions.
Every time I come to TMCI and get to know people, new teas and ways of making tea I got more and more inspired. First time in my life the topic developed itself – things and people came and all I had to do is to let it be. Not other topic in my life came to me so naturally and easily. I can say that tea chose me. And all my TMCI participations gave me a lot of contacts with tea people and I drink only high quality tea and share wth others. Now I am here and I think I deserved all the prizes I got and I feel very satisfied. It has been a long time since I last felt so happy calm and satisfied.
In future I want to become an international judge. I think among judges there should be people who have gone through many TMCI like I did. When you have experience of participating in TMCI it is different when you are a judge and know what is at the other side. I was a judge at local kids TMC Latvia and it was very interesting for me. I think I will stop participating in TMCI and need new big steps. May be one day we become grey haired guys who will get awards for tea in China as we saw during this trip.
My motto is to become better every day and share knowledge with the others.
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