Image: Person holding a cup of tea

No More Steeping in Solitude, Make Friends in This Free Tea Van!

Would you open the doors of your home to share 35,000 cups of tea with total strangers? Well, what if that cup of tea had the power to create life-long friendships, and maybe even a marriage? Even if you prefer coffee, you’ll be able to find inspiration to be a catalyst for better, more meaningful experiences with others from this tea man’s story.

To stave off loneliness on his travels, Guisepi Spadafora opened the doors of his bus to folks of all walks of life, poured them a cup of tea, and made friends wherever he went.

Here’s one of the most wonderful shows of genuine human kindness and connection we’ve ever seen. So, without further ado, let’s meet Guisepi and discover the easiest way to make friends, and create community—if only over a cup of tea.

Image: Person holding a cup of tea
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Pour a cup and listen up!

I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with the feeling of being alone after experiencing 2020, and the way Guisepi went about filling his own loneliness can be an inspiration for us all!

Traveling around in his custom, live-able van named Edna, he decided to put out a “free tea” sign whenever he was stopped and parked somewhere. Inevitably, someone—or many someones—would stop by for a cup and a chat! What a simple, effective way to receive the human connection we all crave. People have even met and gotten married because of this free tea bus!

Ready to see Guisepi in action? Here he is in this short video from 60 Second Docs!

Via: 60 Second Docs 1

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Guisepi and Edna are no longer on the road—Edna is getting up there in age. But you can keep up with what they’re doing over on their blog and on Instagram! The beauty of what they did together, though, is something that will live on forever, as they inspire more and more of us to offer up what we can to strangers. There are even more free tea carts popping up!

This begs the question: what little action can you take to connect with those around you?

While tea has been Guisepi’s thing, it most certainly doesn’t need to be yours. Maybe you’d like to give out free art, flowers, or food. Perhaps you want to sing songs, perform, create cocktails, fix bikes, pick up people stranded on the highway, or dress up as a clown and cheer up people in hospitals. Whatever it is that strikes your fancy and fits into your life, there’s a way to turn that into your ticket to creating unexpectedly wonderful connections.

When we share, we give a gift that is priceless. Genuine human kindness is a commodity that can’t be commercialized!

Give it a try yourself and see how it feels. For examples of how others are using their talents to spread more kindness throughout the world, check out these articles next!

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And as always, my friend, stay open to new possibilities. If you’re connecting with your own community in a unique way, make a post on Instagram and tag us! I know I’d love to see it.

  • Sam

Notes:

  1. 60 Second Docs. “Free Tea on Wheels.” YouTube, 11 May 2021, www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLZiexHAZLE. Accessed 27 May 2021.
Image: Samantha Burns

Sam Burns

Former Editor-In-Chief

Sam wrote and edited hundreds of articles during her time on the Goodness Exchange team from 2016-2021. She wrote about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the Goodness Exchange, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and procurer of cheeses.

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