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Steepster Travelling Teabox

The Steepster Travelling Teabox, hopefully only the first of several rounds, started in Denmark.

I had participated in a Travelling Teabox once before and had thought it was a lot of fun, but every time I saw someone doing one since, they were always limited to the North American continent due to the cost of shipping across the Atlantic.

Personally I don't mind paying for sending a package to America, so eventually I realised that I only had one choice in order to get my way. Do it myself.

So I did.

At first there was a tentative period of dipping my toes in the metaphorical waters and seeing if there actually was any interest at all for such a project. To my delight I got a good response. Delight, at least, until I realised that it meant that I was committed to the project and that it probably ought to be a good idea to work out how to go around actually doing it.

Luckily, this turned out to be easier than I had expected. It didn't take very long to write up a set of guidelines for participation and then I put out the message that I was taking sign ups.

Again, I was a little nervous. What if only a handful of people signed up? What if people who had expressed interest had only been interested in principle but didn't actually want to participate? How many participants would I need minimum for a successful round? How many maximum? Maybe the sign up period was too long and I would get two hundred people signing up?

All through December I collected participants. By the time the calendar switched from 2009 to 2010, there were a total of 29 participants. I thought that was a good number of people. Not so many that it would take years before the box made it all the way around the list, and not so few that we would be done in a couple of weeks.

Sunday January 4th was planning day. I made myself a good cup of tea, using the last leaves I had of one of my favourite blends ever, and set to work. With the help of my atlas, I worked out the best route around the American continent and back again. Foolishly I thought this would be the step that took time.

I became wiser. What actually does take time is making out 28 individual emails, cross-checking that nobody gets the wrong information, sending them all out and crossing my fingers that nobody has been told to send to the same person as someone else or some such. Only time will tell if I have made any such grave errors!

On Wednesday January 6th I packed samples, trying to make up a box of a wide selection from my cupboard, representing as many different types of tea as I could. It turned out to be 19 different kinds of tea, both loose and in bags, so that the first person on the list would have something to choose from. Otherwise, being first would really have been drawing the short straw, wouldn't it?

Putting the box together and seeing how many samples I actually ended up measuring out, effectively put to rest an initial concern I had. Wouldn't people think I was greedy when the box ended up back at my flat and I got all the stuff that people had put in? But when I actually stood there packing the box, it occurred to me that as long as people stuck to the guidelines and didn't add more than they took out, I was only going to get the same amount of things that I had actually put out myself. I laughed a bit at myself and wondered if I should add that to the new thread I made on the discussion boards after having left the box at the post office; that not taking care to keep the weight of the box constant would only benefit the organiser, but I decided not to.

It weighed around 600g going out.

-Angrboda, with many thanks to Aeondax for the proofreading.



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Mar. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the information!
Dear Angrboda,
It was delightful to read this entry. Right now the box is larger, but perhaps it will get smaller again before it returns across the seas.

Thank you so much!
Doulton from Steepster
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