The last time I visited Denver (last summer), I was with my family (mom, dad, and little brother) so my uncle decided it would be neat to take us to the artsy shops in Boulder known as Pearl Street Mall. This time, my gramma, my cousin Gillian, her gramma, and I went to the Dushanbe Tea House up in Boulder. The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House was a gift from Boulder’s sister-city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The tea house was assembled by local Boulder constructions workers directed by Tajik artists. It opened in 1998 and has been in operation as a full-service restaurant ever since. After waiting for our table, we were seated at a Western table [as opposed to a Tajik-style table] next to one of the fourteen hand-carved columns that were carved in Tajikistan. We had already looked over the lunch menu while waiting for our table, so we were more interested in the tea menu. After trying the house Chai, everyone except me decided to get a glass of it. I decided to try one of their black teas (although I did drink quite a bit of the sample cup of Chai); after perusing their selection of black and flavored-black teas, I decided to get the Passionfruit Peach Black Tea to go with my Tajikistan Plov: “a traditional rice dish with carrots, onions, chickpeas, and spices with grilled beef, tomato-cucumber salad, dried fruit, and flatbread”. Both teas were delicious and the Plov was really good (I was splitting it with gramma, so the meat was a little over-done for my tastes). Nothing could beat the atmosphere, though. Even though we got there after 1p, the place was packed with people. There were some tables that got table cloths and vases of flowers (presumably for reservations) and some of those tables were quite large. The ornate ceiling and beautiful walls make me wish I had gotten more photos. Next time: take photos like a tourist. After we left, I requested we go to the Boulder Bookstore on Pearl Street. Last time I was in Colorado, I didn’t get to go very deep into the store [although I did find a book that I had been looking for for 5 years or so]. This time, I explored all three floors and left with a guidebook to travel in Greece and a wish for more books. Although, I guess I always wish for more tea and more books.