I didn't know it at the time, but my journey into tea began in high school. My parents would often have people over "for coffee," and although I liked the aroma, I could not stand the bitter taste. They had an old--probably 20 years old at that time--can of Formosa Oolong, and I grew into the habit of making myself a cup of that tea when I joined the conversation.
In college, when my classmates were beginning their pot-a-day coffee habit, I discovered black teabags--Lipton's, of course, but it was a start! A trip to the UK after I was married introduced me to real tea, and I've been addicted since.
There are very few options to purchase quality bags or any loose tea where I live, here in the midwestern USA. The supermarkets are getting better about having a variety, but I purchase most of my tea online. I have nine teapots in various sizes and either glass or porcelain, a library of tea books, and a collection of tea tins. I prefer hot black tea in the mornings, iced tea with lunch or dinner, and have recently discovered green teas, which I drink in the evenings.
I'm glad to discover a place where I can learn more about specific teas and meet other people who like it as well!