Re: never seems to taste the same?
I'm learning Spanish at the moment. Taught by Spanish people - Javi & Sara - varies week to week.
Anyway the reason you can't get a decent cup of tea in Spain is they haven't invented the kettle yet. They don 't have a word for it even. The concept of a device to boil water with in order to make proper tea is completely alien.
They keep raving at the genius that is the kettle in the corner of the classroom.
They are less impressed with instant Nescafe (and rightly so).