I am drinking Russian tea from Kuban (Krasnodar). It is a unique tea, since tea plantation is only recently renewed in the Russian Federation. I drink this tea to understand Russia better. Cultural immersion is one of the methods I use to understand cultures when I research. This may sound strange in a world when historical science is forced to comply with requirements of impact factor and citations maths. However, cultural immersion and immersion with the landscape were in the heart of the Annales school, an eminent French scholarly movement that gave birth to my beloved discipline of practice: environmental history. I hope not to give up ideals of Bloch, Braudel, Duby, le Goff, Ladurie.