yay! i am pretty much packed and ready to go. i am meeting annemette at the train station a little past 2 tomorrow afternoon. we will be at schiphol by 5:15, fly out at 8:00, then in antalya around 10pm. i can’t wait. relax, exercise, eat… basically take it easy. fantastic. no worries… i won’t be handling any live or dead birds.
tonight we are going to try a tango lesson. there’s a tango club here that charges only 2 euros for lessons on monday nights. a bunch of people are going after aikido tonight, and i will join them. hopefully matt will make it back from paris in time (he had a meeting today). i’m pretty excited. i’ve always wanted to learn tango, but in general i’m pretty bad at learning dances. i can dance, if there’s no rule to it! 🙂 dances that require the remembering of steps are difficult. but at least i expect it will be easier than flamenco, and i loved doing that. i’ve tried a bit of swing and salsa, and depending on my partner, enjoyed them. but i’m not good at them, either. anyway, it’s kind of exciting to try.
we had a busy weekend. we hung out with dick on friday night, watching videos. jane and jonathan came down from amsterdam on saturday, to go to dinner at mark’s, out in smeermaas. we had a crazy 5 person party: me, matt, mark, jane and jonathan. loud music, dancing, lots of drinking and eating. we were pretty silly. we got home sometime in the wee hours, and they spent the night. the next day, mark came over for breakfast with all of us. then j & j left, and matt and i joined annemette and steen for a hike in the countryside. then fondue at zorica and maarten’s, also joined by mirza and laia. it was good to see so many people all at once like that. it reminds us that we do actually have friends here. we know it, but sometimes it feels otherwise.
today i had 3 lessons: with astrid, yoriko and a new one: eduardo, the younger brother of another student, fernando. it was a fantastic day, actually. astrid is great fun, yoriko is really sweet, and eduardo was quite a surprise: very articulate and energetic. a cool kid. all in all, i’m feeling pretty good about life today. 🙂