Group salsa trip to Bulgaria

March 18, 2008 § Leave a comment

17 salseros, people! That is an Absolutely fabulous experience. The cherry on the cream would be if the 18th salsero made it as well (cause that would mean 9 couples than 🙂 ). I’m talking about Bu-Ba travel team, the group of Slovenian dancers, who attended Bulgarian salsa festival last weekend (BG Salsa Weekend 2008). We had so much fun and I think we never fought, did we? We just enjoyed the whole weekend, full of dance and some sights.
Almost the whole group…

We left on Thursday morning,… ok almost afternoon… drove to Vienna, took a plane from there to Bulgaria and arrived in Sofia late night. We had to make a few stops on our way of course and if you travel with a group of salseros, making a stop means dancing at least two songs of Rueda de Casino!! 🙂  Not only on every petrol stop, but on airport just before boarding, before picking up the luggage and all other unusual places, which are often pretty crowded. So people get a free show,… some of them clap, some smile,  one security guy even taped us!

The festival seemed like a total success. Congratulations to Alex&Flo, the organizers of the festival! There were some amazing classes – I think I took just about every non-partnerwork class possible and enjoyed them all. All classes were on Intermediate to Advanced level, so one could really learn a lot of new stuff. And as we already noticed on Friday night party, Bulgarian dancers are not bad at all, so the level of teaching really was Advanced 🙂

Let’s see what I would put on my top list:
– Juan Matos, Footwork and Partnerwork on2
– Jazzy’s spin class, lifts&tricks, even latin jazz was good (he’s a really good teacher)
– Neeraj’s bodymovement class, inspiring like always
– Candy’s styling.. oh yes 🙂

The parties took place in the same venue as classes, which was in our hotel :). We saw some great shows, from guest instructors and a bunch of Bulgarian shows – you people are crazy! There were like 10 or 15 Bulgarian shows in just 2 days, who knows how many more on Sunday?! And some were really good!

 What else will remain in my memory about this years Bulgaria:

– Rueda of course (we did that 2 years ago as well, when we drove to Sofia with a van – imagine how many pit stops we made on that route!!)
– The hotel (standard, renovated and business class rooms… I mean can it be more obvious? – The carpet, the door and the interior on the right side completely differs from that on the left side of the hotel)
– The yellow water, disco light and wires sticking out from the walls in our ‘standard’ rooms
– The “I don’t know answer” of all receptionist to almost every question
– Is Slovenia in the house? Yeeeeeeeeees! (we were the loudest, no question about it!)
– A really tasty food in all restaurants … and a really slow waiters!!
– Fight for our breakfast in the morning 😉
– Great company
– Meeting our friend instructors again
– Bogdan dancing with a 6-yearold girl with a balloon attached to her head
– 2 Tonis (I think it was starting to annoy them, when they both kept turning around when somebody yelled the name)
– David’s admirer from Ok taxi 😉
– help me out guys?!!!

Photos, photos, photos! 🙂


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