Posts Tagged: England

Spring is on its way – Really!

Really, I have seen proof that Spring is on its way – the colorful flowers that are peeking through the damp earth here in Berlin. Even though I am still evidence that spring cominglayered in many clothes and my boots!

Time flies, I can’t believe I have been back in Berlin for a month and a half now. It has been nice to return and have people recognize and inquire about my latest travels!
I have taught a bit and been called upon to substitute for teachers who are traveling or who were sick. That has been great. My speaking German is still, well, non existent, but I have been venturing forth to add random vocabulary words into my conversations with people. If my students thought my made up words were funny you should see the look on the faces of people who aren’t used to me changing languages on them and I am not making up words, yet, or I don’t think I am!

I spent a nice week in England, the only annoyance was the Ryanair check in. Funny how they don’t catch certain people with clearly larger luggages for their carry on and yet, I was the lucky soul this time. I think they just need to lie about the measurements for what they accept, by making it smaller than the measuring crate they ask you to put your bag into. I did measure my bags… Anyway, I spent 2 days in London on both ends of my weekend in Norwich. What a crowded city and I don’t hear much english as I wander around the streets!! The weather was lovely, my hosts were amazing as always. The classes in Norwich were filled with enthusiastic dancers and what a great honor it is when other teachers come to your classes. I think it so important for dancers to see that their teachers can continue to learn too and can ask great questions in the process!
The fun part continues as I receive emails from those dancers about how much they loved the classes.

I am now back in Berlin where there is plenty of dancing still to be had and a weekend mini festival/ marathon happens this coming weekend. And a couple of my favorite dancers are due to arrive !! Yeppeee!!!

April will send me out of Berlin for most of the month. I am off to Geneva to a marathon and then will travel to Zurich for a few days. Then I have a current plan to be teaching in Istanbul. Don’t panic. We will see what happens in the coming weeks. The plan is for more than 14 hours of classes with my friend, Irfan from TangoJean. If you scroll youtube back to 2008 you might see some dark video of us dancing together then!!! If all goes well, (and I am off to Istanbul as planned) it will be great to see how we dance now.

In this current time of craziness in the world I think it is so important to be positive and to do that you love. So keep dancing my friends or take a walk in the sunshine and smell the flowers!

In peace and tango

Pictures from Norwich where our venture into the cathedral presented us with the sounds of a choir singing a private mass, we couldn’t see them but their beautiful voices filled the whole cathedral with celestial, blissful, melodious sounds. When I think of majestic and meditative I think of that sound in that place. It was so wonderful to pause and sit in a pew and just listen.

 

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A Few More Weeks In Berlin

Here I am, a few more weeks now in Berlin. I was hoping to post something more exciting or to actually finish and post 1 of the 3 informational tango blogs I have sitting in the wings waiting to be finished but nope, this will just be another update from Berlin.

Berlin view 2The last time I wrote I shared with you the details of pulling together my material to present to the Visa office. At this time I have a German bank account, a German ID number to file taxes, and some form of acceptable health insurance, all needed to apply for a visa. I also have an appointment with the Visa office scheduled for June 11th. This is much later than I wanted as it puts me too close to my “90 day tourist visa is expired” status. But there was not a single appointment available in May. I have a choice to wait or go to the office and pick a number and wait. The downside to that is getting a German friend who can wait with me for as long as it takes to translate… not ideal! We’ll see how this pans out.

I have been going out dancing ALMOST every night and Sunday afternoons. This is a change for me! An exciting and interesting one for sure. And like most milongas anywhere in the world (that I have been so far), there are good nights, with a lot of dancing and some slow nights with not a lot of dancing. I seem to have found a handful of favorite dancers and I think I have made it onto their dance card as well. Again what impresses me most is the quantity of dancers. Every milonga I have been to costs around €5. (This past weekend there were guest tango dancers performing and the milonga cost was €9.) AND there are SO many dancers, basically all the time. And there’s no air conditioning!!! I have found if I wear something that reveals my shoulders I tend to stay cooler. So I will need to shop for more tube tops!! The level of dancing is quite varied. The cabaceo is a bit confused but often used, sometimes unfortunately with a nearby hovering, which obviously defeats the purpose of the cabaceo!!!  (As most of my readers know, the cabaceo is a nod of the head as an invitation to dance.)Asado Brandenberg

The weather continues to be very unpredictable, rain, sun, cold, gray, but the minute the sun shines people are outside in it!

I had the pleasure of hanging out with some dancers and friends at their home just outside of Berlin. They had an asado and people brought food and drink. It was so quiet, we were the noise! (And it was a cold early evening even if the sun shone earlier!)

I will be heading to England at the end of the month (ironically the same time as ANOTHER major tango festival will be rockin’ it here in Berlin!) I will be attending the England International Festival with my tango buddy from Wuppertal, Stefan. Maximiliano Cristiani will be there with his current partner, Juliana. I am looking forward to some classes with them and Stefan is looking forward to classes with Homer and Cristina!

From this Festival in Sussex I will be heading to teach some workshops and classes for Norwich Tango. Thanks to my friend Rachel who helped to organize them. I am really excited about being in England and will have some time to explore London again and Norwich.

Berlin OberbaumbrückeThose are the highlights so far my friends!

Some unfortunate news came my way, that ASU has decided not to have Tango in the fall due to budget cuts. This is hard hitting… I have encouraged the ASU Tango Club to keep things alive. I hope they will.

SAVE THE DATES!
I have reserved space at SNAP for OCTOBER 10 & 11th for workshops in Scottsdale. I hope you will be able to attend. More information about that will be forthcoming. And of course, ideas, feedback or notice of any conflicts is greatly appreciated.

 

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