My Favorite and Final Entry!!!!
Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
26Trip End Nov 18, 2008
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(You will enjoy this more if you have read the entire blog.)
When you are at a milonga, don't start walking to your chair after a tonda (four dances) until you actually know where your chair is-after your eyes have been closed, you lose track of where you are. Boy, would I like to do that more often-forget where I am at because I am so caught up in a passionate dance!
In a high-rise building, when you are on any floor above the second floor, don't push "1" in an elevator or you will end up on the second floor. You need to press "0" to get to the ground floor.
Look for all of your belongings before and after you get out of a Radio taxi. I lost my camera. I don't think I told you that I found Katerina's cell phone on the taxi seat as she was joyfully leaping up the steps to a milonga after we exited the taxi. She owes me!!! Maybe she could buy half of my camera.
Order wine and steak!!! It is inexpensive and delicious.
Dress up! When in the world do you get an opportunity to have fun and dress like you don't normally dress? Okay, I guess I am wrong. We do that at every tango event-even in Minnesota.
Get to know the men and women in a salon...they might call YOU, "Sex in the City" when they see you. Of course it would help if you go in with a few women and are dressed up. I can think of a few guys that probably should not do this...right, Jim?
When a gentleman makes tango eyes at you, cabeceo, don't get up until you know that he is actually looking at YOU. Do you know how many women's eyes are on a man that is walking towards women? It is embarrassing to think he is looking at you when he isn't, believe me!!!!
When a women intercepts a man who was making tango eyes at you and she jumps up with glee to start dancing with him, don't embarrass her by saying, "Excuse me, that was my dance." Instead just rest assured because the gentleman looks at you with eyes that say, "Oops, I was asking you, but I won't embarrass her-I will ask you later."
Never wear heels on the streets of Buenos Aires. Save the stilettos for inside the milonga. My ankle is finally back to normal after my whole-body roll on the sidewalk-just because I wanted to look good in modest heels. But I must say I did a beautiful roll and my feet looked especially graceful in a rolling motion. And it didn't hurt that a couple of men came to rescue me.
Dance with every man that asks you!!!!!!!!! Some of the men that I wondered if I should dance with because of size, age, looks, etc., were the very best dancers. After all, maybe they have an incentive to be very good. You know what they say; the best dancers get the best-looking partners. You never know what you could be missing.
Stay up late! Seize the day! Dance like there is no tomorrow! Why not? What do you have to lose? Isn't the sun the most beautiful in the morning as it is rising?
Go to the shoe store that sells those beautiful stilettos first. Otherwise you will buy the first shoes you see and then eventually find great stilettos that you HAVE to buy. This will substantially increase the number of shoes you buy. I have not told you how many pairs I have purchased-and I am not going to!
Bring a fan! You will get hot! Not sure if it is because you look hot or because you have been dancing a lot. Or maybe it is hot flashes!!!! Not me-I am too young!
If you are busy fanning yourself because you are hot and want to take a break from dancing, do NOT look up! A tanguero will catch your eye and you will be on the floor before you know it. Hot, once again! The five women were very fortunate and did not have any trouble getting dances.
Go out and meet the real people of Buenos Aires. They are absolutely wonderful! Stay for at least 2 weeks, maybe 3. Immerse yourself in their wonderful culture. Rent an apartment in the city. Stay away from the hotels. You will truly experience their life if you live in the midst of their lovely city.
Buy MAC longwearing lipstick. I love that stuff!!!! My "women" friends have all been turned on to this MAC lipstick. They would all meet at my place and put on my lipstick before we went out. I have several colors to choose from. You can put that stuff on at 10:00 p.m. when you go out and it is still on at 4:00 a.m. Unfortunately, I didn't take any opportunities to wear it off.
Download your pictures every day. You never know what will happen to your camera.
When you are going to a bathroom, don't look for a lever, as you will never find one. Look for the button. It could be on the toilet tank (side or top) or on the wall. Or Kim could tell you that it is a string attached to the button.
Always pack extra tissues in your purse, just in case there is no toilet paper in the restroom. You do NOT want to use the napkins from the tables. They are very course; some are like doughnut grabber tissues. And ALL of them are very small-the size of a coaster.
If you can't find the soap in the bathroom, look for a pipe attached to the wall. The soap may be screwed on to a little pipe sticking out of the wall.
When you are dancing at a milonga and you just aren't happy with the clothes you picked out for the evening, go to the bathroom-someone might be selling tango clothes. You should have seen Kim one night. She left our table wearing an ordinary outfit, went to the bathroom and came back in a foxy little number!!! Who knew!!!
Don't break the tango shoe rule by changing into your dance shoes at your table. Proper etiquette is to go to the bathroom to change your shoes...OOPS!! I think it is a marketing strategy to sell more clothes.
When you are shopping, if you have to hit a buzzer to enter the store so that they can unlock the door, take extra care with your purse in that neighborhood.
Understand the phone system before you go...it is very difficult to buy phono cardos and get what you pay for!
Talk to the police officers. They are exceptionally friendly and they have roosters on their sleeves. Although we did a little entertaining as well, we had them laughing more than we laughed. We almost had them convinced to give us a ride in their little blue and white car to a milonga because we didn't want to tire our feet. After numerous conversations, we think that Cesar informed us that they are roosters because they stay up all night and watch over everything. Who knows if we interpreted this correctly!
Take a notebook of paper so that you may communicate with these fabulous people in Argentina. Their eyes and smiles tell a story but their pictures on the paper will tell the rest.
Study your skeleton key and practice using it to enter/exit your apartment, they take a bit of getting used to.
Buy shoes!!! They are the most beautiful shoes in the world! And then learn tango-it makes the shoes even more beautiful!
Laugh at how little you know about the rest of the world. I knew so little. I became a much richer person because of the wonderful people I met and the amazing culture that I was exposed to.
Thank all of your friends and readers of your blog for not criticizing your casual writing that likely includes grammatical and spelling errors. After all, this is just for fun. I was writing on 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I can be perfect at work. But when I am on vacation, I prefer to be perfectly happy!
Never give "tango eyes" (cabeceo) to a gentleman outside of a milonga. If you do it in a restaurant, he might wait until you exit and follow you! Uffda!!!! That could have been bad. Thank goodness for the police with the roosters on their sleeves-it was the only time we did not feel safe!
Act like teenagers and create new nicknames for yourselves, right Katerina, a.k.a. "Tango Pants"?
A couple of parting thoughts...
Do you know that before I ever gave any of my kids (when they were young) my freshly baked cookies, they had to dance with me? I always had dance music playing, usually Brian Setzer, when I made cookies. And when they had friends over, it was a bigger incentive to bake. I would ask their friends, "Would you like a cookie?" They knew what that meant-they would have to dance with me before they got a cookie! Isn't life fun?
It is a bit sad to end this blog as it was a wonderful time in my life. But I have so many things to be thankful for, my children being at the top of the list and including great friends both new and old. Katerina, you are a dear person and I am so happy that we connected. Who would have known that someone I didn't know only 5 months ago would become such a good friend? All five women, Katerina, Evelie, Kim and Lynne and I had a fabulous time and will smile each time we see each other at the memories we have created.
I would love to bring my daughters, who are great dancers to Buenos Aires. I can't wait to read their blog when I am staying at home and no longer travel. Actually...I can wait. I don't want this to stop and I intend to go on and on. That would be dancing, not writing. I think I have written enough.
Unless I change my mind...I have had requests for more shoe pictures and there are quite a few more we could post. No more emails to inform you though, you will have to check yourself.
So with that...this blog is finished.
Jan (Happy Feet)