Flying Fish, Salsa and Turks

See, I’m doing better! Two posts in a week!

Speaking of loving Seattle, this week was probably the most fun week I’ve had all summer. It was exhausting and we got not even close to enough sleep, but the week was a blast.

It started out with a guest. The story is complicated, but in short she is the youngest daughter of a high-school friend of Simeon’s dad. She is a full time dancer in BC, where she lives, but she has a month off and decided she wanted to try a different form of dance for a week (or so). Of course, her parents immediately thought of the Ballroom Dancing kids of their old friends, and so we found ourselves strapped to a girl we’d never met before, trying to balance full schedules with fitting some salsa lessons in for her, and trying to show her around the city while still working full time! Needless to say, it was tough. But fun.

I’ll just put that out there – she is a blast. Seriously. She has a great sense of humor and she is basically just a happy person. And thanks to our friends, who came together and helped us out, we managed to show her an awesome time.

She arrived on Tuesday, which was a bit of a boring day for her, as we didn’t have time to work anything out. Wednesday we had it all taken care of! In the morning we headed out to the dance studio and I taught an hour. Then a friend of ours picked up myself and our guest (we’ll call her Girlie, just to protect her identity), and headed out to Seattle. We drove across the West Seattle Bridge and showed her Alki. We stopped at Alki Beach and got out to walk around and enjoy the sunshine. Then we hopped back in the car and headed into Pike Place Market. Driving through the Market in our friend’s G35 was an experience! A group of people decided they loved his car and started shouting things at us. Then one of the ladies was like, “Man, you flossin’ it, girl!” to me through the car window, to which I happily replied, “Yeeeaaahhh!” even though I had no idea what that meant. Don’t worry, I’ve looked it up since and now I know.

After we parked we walked around the Market, taking Girlie to see the Flying Fish (extra funny because she’s Vegan and she had the funniest expression on her face) and then stopped in to visit an old friend, the owner of Turkish Delight, a tiny Turkish café right in Pike Place. None of us were hungry, as we had just enjoyed Starbucks Frappuccinos and some dolmades, but she insisted on giving us huge, and amazingly tasty, gyros. Then she gave us some baklava to take home. Needless to say, I was not hungry for the rest of the night.

Then our friend took me back to the dance studio so I could join Simeon and teach a few more hours; meanwhile our friend and Girlie headed into Redmond to go to the Salsa classes and party at Danceworks studio. After our day of teaching, we met up with them at Matador, an awesome restaurant with a kickass happy hour in Redmond. Long day, exhausting day, but very fun.

After a long day of teaching on Thursday, we all skipped up to Century Ballroom in Capital Hill for their Salsa night. Oh… my… God! So much fun! I don’t go Salsa dancing very often, but (because I’m trained) I’m a good dancer, so I can still dance Salsa like a pro, baby! Had a blast! I danced almost every dance and just enjoyed the chance to let loose and have fun! Feels great when every day is so much about serious dancing.
On Friday we went to Dancework’s ballroom party, which I have to admit was a little dull and boring, especially when compared with Century the night before. We ate at Matador again, and went home to prepare for Saturday, which we knew was going to be a long day.

We got to sleep in a little bit on Saturday. The weather was gorgeous, so we ate breakfast outside, then got ready and drove into Bellevue. We started out with a practice, then met up with friends at the Bellevue Arts Fair. It pains me to say the Arts Fair was pathetic. It was extremely small, much smaller than I remember it, with a pitiful food court and mediocre live music. But, you know, it’s the company that counts! We still had a good time. After chilling in the heat, we went to one of our students’ house for a party, and we ate outside, drank homemade sangria, then played “Minute to Win It”. So… much…fun!!!

If you think our day was done, you are wrong! After we went home, we hooked up our computers to watch music videos and bollywood clips… and proceeded to stay up until 4am copying bollywood dance moves! Yes, this week was tiring as hell but still a blast. Life is good.


About korastoynova

With my husband, Simeon Stoynov, I travel the world in pursuit of our dreams, of which we have many. And, thankfully, all of our dreams are within our reach. We have made sure of it. From our lives as competitive ballroom dancers, a life which has taken us around the world and back, to my struggles to becoming an author, to Simeon's love of business, we have learned what it means to sacrifice, to apply ourselves with discipline, and to enjoy the journey to success. Our lives truly are made of the stuff of dreams.
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