We have been taking a different shuttle in the morning, and on the way to the stop, I noticed a cool bike parked on the porch of one of our neighbors. S told me he thinks the owner of the Devil's Gear Bike Shop lives there. I like how they have a mini verson above the mailbox too!
When I was in London, I saw they had London mugs at a big coffee chain (starts with s and ends with -tarbucks) and I decided to start collecting. I'm up to three in the past two weeks! I'm really disappointed I didn't think of this when I was in Paris, because the Paris one is really cute. Oh, well, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with Philadelphia next week.
We went to a dance performance on campus and it was really interesting. The dancer was performing kuchipudi which is a South Indian dance form. She saved the most interesting dance for last, which was the chitra natyam, or picture dance. A plastic sheet was taped down on the ground, and brown powder was spread out on the sheet. Then a frame with a canvas stretched across it was set down on top of the sheet. The dancer then performed the dance, all the while using her feet to create the image. At the end, she then stepped off the canvas and the frame was lifted to reveal the picture. Fascinating!
Nearly every day, this woman waits by the side of the street outside my office until a police car pulls up. She chats with the officer inside for a few minutes and usually she gets a coffee from him. Then he leaves. We suspect he is her husband.
Cafe Romeo has finally opened! It's about six blocks down from our house, and we have been waiting all year to see when it would open up. I guess the grand opening was this weekend. We might stop in on Saturday to check it out.
We went to see the Anish Kapoorexhibit at the Royal Academy. I highly recommend seeing it...it was incredible. We waited in line to see Shooting Into the Corner, which was basically a cannon shooting red wax through a doorway onto a wall. It was really lovely in a visceral and violent sort of way.
As there were very few places available to stay in Saint-Cannat, the organizers of the festival offered me a place at the home of one of the dance instructors. It was very generous of her to host me and another girl who came from Brussels. This is her dance studio.
In general, whenever there is a live band playing at swing dancing, you will always get a big turnout. Tonight was no exception. The dancing was quite good as a lot of extra people turned out who weren't attending the classes during the day.
I was running late for work today (story of my life, really) and was waiting ages for the shuttle when a public bus pulled up. So I took it. It was actually even better than the shuttle because it was a more direct route and dropped me off closer to my office. Totally worth the $1.25.
A completely wonderful night of dancing here at the Willowbrook Ballroom. I had never been to the Willowbrook before, but it's been around for over 85 years and is still going strong. It's a totally cool old-style ballroom with a 6,000-square foot maple dance floor. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm totally thrilled to think that I've now danced at a place where Count Basie, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey, and Chubby Checker have all played!
I was a day late, but I did eventually make it to the Saturday night dance for Windy City Lindy Exchange. I was a volunteer as well, so I sat behind the table checking registrations for a couple hours. Following the big dance, we headed up to an art gallery/performance space for dancing until 3AM. Fun!
I decided we should host a party. Before I left for the UK and Chicago. Which meant the only possible day was the Friday before I left for Chicago. A bit crazy, but that's how I roll. So we did. It was a very fun party...I think we ended up having about 30 people all told. My only complaint is that people didn't drink enough so now I have all this leftover wine and beer. Oh wait, that's not a complaint. Okay, I have no complaints.
The Cupcake Truck is totally great. But how does the Cupcake Truck become even better? By parking right outside our office!! Based on the huge line that formed 15 minutes before they even arrived, I'm guessing they'll be back to our neighborhood soon.