Dance Around The World – Chiang Mai, Thailand

For the last leg of my Dance Around The World adventure, my husband and I traveled to the beautiful country of Thailand in Southeast Asia. We spent a few days sightseeing in Bangkok and then headed north to Chiang Mai. I’m not going to lie; now that we’re in our six month of traveling, I’m getting pretty cranky. Although we had just arrived in this charming city, all I wanted to do sit in my hotel room and see what all my friends back home were up to on Facebook. My adventurous husband, on the other hand, couldn’t bear the thought of possibly missing something, so I encouraged him to explore while I immersed myself in social media.

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Dance Around The World – Dancing Through Europe

On April 7th my Eurail pass was stamped, and Dan and I had exactly one month to travel across Europe. Considering all the amazing places to see in Europe, we had to narrow down our list of 18+ countries to just 10 for timing. It was a tough decision, but at least we have a reason to go back and see more later. Because our trip was so quick, sometimes only having a few hours in a city, I wasn’t able to see or take dance classes. However, I was able to film my project. Below is a little recap of my dance/filming adventures through Europe.

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Dance Around The World – Madrid, Spain

What dance form incorporates clapping, stomping, castanets, singing, and guitars? That’s right, flamenco. And where’s a better place to see a live flamenco performance than in Madrid!

For our six days in Spain, Tim (a good friend of my husband and I) joined us. When we were contemplating what to do, I of course said we have to go to a flamenco show. Dan wanted to see the Goya’s Black paintings, and Tim wanted to go to a soccer game. I think the boys were a little leery about going to see a dance performance, but I promised they would love it, as we secured tickets.

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Dance Around The World – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dreaming of my time in Brazil, I thought I would be surrounded by Samba dancing, capoeira, and the beach. Well, after spending a little over a week in Ipanema, the only one of these I experienced was the beach. I guess if you’re not there during Carnival, your chance of experiencing dance is low. So, I began to scout for a dance class. I did find a studio. However, the website wasn’t very informative. Plus, the only class available was a pole dancing class. Although I do appreciate all forms of dance, pole dancing isn’t appropriate for my blog or for me.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina – La Viruta Tango

The more I saw people tango dancing, the more I wanted to learn. After doing some research, I contacted a few places, and decided on La Viruta Tango. They had a class that fit my schedule and for the right price; only about $7 USD! So I threw on some shoes, grabbed my husband, then grabbed a taxi, and we were off for some dancing.

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Dance Around The World – Cartagena, Colombia

I was very sad to leave Guatemala, but I was pretty excited to visit Colombia. My anticipation grew as we boarded the plane, and the travel ads greeted me at my seat. The advertisement showed beautiful images from all over Colombia with quotes that couldn’t help but make you want stay there forever. I caught one of my favorite quotes on camera. Sorry it’s a little blurry, and the translation is a little off, but you can get the idea. It reads, “How can you not stay to live in a place where your feet don’t walk? They dance.” Needless to say I was sold on Colombia before we even left Guatemalan soil. All I could imagine was people dancing from place to place.

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Dance Around The World – Buenos Aires, Argentina

When I think of tango dancing, I think of love and anger; fight and passion; a women dressed in a long sexy dresses with her hair pulled back in a nice slick bun with a man dressed in all black with hair gelled so tight the guys from Jersey Shore would be jealous; and the effortless footwork that moves so quickly you can’t tell who’s leg is who’s. Ahh… so awesome, and I can’t believe I’m in the heart of it all, Buenos Aires!

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Dance Around The World – Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

When my friends and family heard I was going to Buenos Aires, Argentina, they were filled with excitement and immediately mentioned tango. True, it would be perfect for me to experience and write about for this blog, but there was something in Buenos Aires I was more interested in seeing first. “What could possibly be more interesting for this dancer” you ask? The Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of Plaza de Mayo). You see, I had a history with this plaza without ever seeing it.

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