My very first post of the new year!! And you know something really crazy? I’m already in England. So I thought, to start off this year, I’d begin with an update of our first England trip. Enjoy!!
Friday January 15
Our first full day in London. It wasn’t raining, it wasn’t snowing, but it was cold! During our drive to the studio for our morning lessons, we were discussing how comfortable London is for us now. Not comfortable in the general sense of the word, but in the sense that it’s like climbing into your bed after a long trip. Even if your bed isn’t the best in the world, even the duvet is ripped and your pillows are lumpy, it’s still comfortable because it’s your bed. London is a bit like that for us, now. It’s grey, it’s run down, it’s dirty, but it’s comfortable because we know it so well. When we come to London now, we get the strange feeling of almost coming home.
When we arrived at the studio, we had the same sensation. This is the beginning of our fifth year coming to London, and our first time was still so recent that we can remember thinking everything was so strange and different. We remember not knowing our way around, not knowing how to read the tube maps or wondering how to get into the studio. Now, everything is so easy; we know which door to go into even though from the outside there are just two unmarked doors that look exactly the same. We know where the changing rooms are, the etiquette of the studio, etc & etc. And best of all, everyone knows us. We feel at home in the studio, chatting with Bryan Watson or relaxing on the stage overlooking the dance floor.
It’s the same again when we arrived at the second studio for our lessons with Andrew Sinkinson. Of course, we arrived in Kingston with about 2 hours to spare, so we headed over to our favorite Kingston spot, a taste of the true British spirit… Starbucks!!!! Nothing feels like home more than a Starbucks Café nestled in the corner of a mall, teeming with baby strollers and smelling like freshly pulled espresso shots. We settled in and logged online to do a bit of work in big, comfy red sofa-chairs. And two hours later, we were inside Kingston Dance Studio warming up for our Standard lessons.
This was our first time taking lessons with Andrew, and he was so much fun! And everything feels good after lessons with him. Everything feels easy and effortless. Not only that, but we came away from those lessons feeling rather inspired. We reflected on our drive home that evening… that was a good day. And to top it all off, we finished the day with our favorite British dish: Chicken Tikka Masala. Good stuff, good stuff.