I bought this teacup whilst Taylor & I were traveling in 2005. I had whittled down all my possessions to the contents of a backpack, but as time went on I found that I missed certain fundamental comforts, and drinking tea out of a metal travel mug just didn't fit the bill. They say tea always tastes best out of china cups, which my coffee-swilling American husband thinks is nonsense. I know now what tea tastes worst out of...metal - yuk. So this cup was an indulgence for me. It's a miracle it never got smashed in the back of our rickety old camper van, but endure it did, and I love it. It sits perfectly in your cold clasped hands(always two hands when it's full) and it's big enough to make you feel like a child - remember when you'd sit on the sofa and your feet didn't touch the floor?