There are numerous ways to enjoy tea and the Southern Chinese Gongfu Tea is the most sophisticated of them. It’s not only a way of preparing the beverage but a whole ceremony with numerous distinct steps, each of them described by a different and often metaphorical four-character phrase. Continue reading
Tea has always been a serious business in China. In his Tea Classic dating from the 8th century, Lu Yu describes 28 essential items required to brew a decent tea. If that feels a little excessive, don’t give up just yet! Here’s a guide that will walk you through what’s really necessary and get you started into the world of Chinese tea. Continue reading
Did you know that of all the 111 letters in the word ‘Szczepański,’ exactly 72.72% are consonants, only 27.27% are vowels, and 0.01% is a rounding error?
This post explains the meaning and likely origin of the Szczepański surname (last name). It also has some background information about geography, Steve Jobs, and other Polish surnames, particularly the ones ending with -ski. Continue reading
I’m Piotr Szczepański, and this is my personal place on the Internet.
Believe it or not, this website has been around since 1998, and is now in its 7th iteration. Continue reading