Keep Dancing!

I spent my last week in the USA at a Dance Recess. We camped in the foothills of the Sierras, stayed cool in the water in the 40 degree heat and danced until stupid o’clock in the morning. I have never experienced anything quite like it.

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The bridge of wishes

The bridge of wishes

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Our swimming hole

Our swimming hole

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One of the dance venues/cuddle zones

One of the dance venues/cuddle zones

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The amazing 24 hour free tea tent

The amazing 24 hour free tea tent

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The School Bus

The School Bus

Swings at the Tea Tent

Swings at the Tea Tent

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Another dance space

Another dance space

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Some Like It Hot

Did I mention I spent a few days in Mexico, learning about traditional Pueblan cuisine? No? It was glorious, as you might guess, and I am now going to proceed to rub it in just that little bit more by showing all the yummy things I made and ate and the beautiful place I stayed. If you are interested, the course was run by the lovely Jon and Estela of Mexican Home Cooking.

Tamales, with various fillings

Tamales, with various fillings

Crema de Chile Poblano (Cream of Poblano Chile Soup)

Crema de Chile Poblano (Cream of Poblano Chile Soup)

Puerco en Chile Pasilla (Pork in Chile Pasilla Sauce)

Puerco en Chile Pasilla (Pork in Chile Pasilla Sauce)

The view from my patio in the mornings

The view from my patio in the mornings

Ensalata de Nopalitos (Nopal Salad)

Ensalata de Nopalitos (Nopal Salad)

Potato Pancakes with Shrimp and Spinach, served with Nopal Salad

Potato Pancakes with Shrimp and Spinach, served with Nopal Salad

Salsa

Salsa

Tortas de Papas con Espinaca (Potato Pancakes with Shrimp and Spinach)

Tortas de Papas con Espinaca (Potato Pancakes with Shrimp and Spinach)

Pato Almendradro (Almond Duck)

Pato Almendradro (Almond Duck)

Sopa de Hongo (Mushroom Soup)

Sopa de Hongo (Mushroom Soup)

Buñuelos

Buñuelos

Breakfast: mango and papaya with lime

Breakfast: mango and papaya with lime

A furry friend

A furry friend

A furry friend

A furry friend

A furry friend

A furry friend

Crema de Flor de Calbacitas (Cream of Squash Blossom Soup)

Crema de Flor de Calbacitas (Cream of Squash Blossom Soup)

Pipian Rojo (Red Sauce)

Pipian Rojo (Red Sauce)

Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)

Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)

Chipotles en Conserva (Preserved Chipotles)

Chipotles en Conserva (Preserved Chipotles)

Tinga (Shredded Skirt Steak)

Tinga (Shredded Skirt Steak)

Sopes

Sopes

Gelatinas de Fruta (Fruit Gelatin)

Gelatinas de Fruta (Fruit Gelatin)

Sopes

Sopes

Guacamole

Guacamole

Suspiros de Novia (Sighs of the Bride)

Suspiros de Novia (Sighs of the Bride)

Chiles en Nogada (Battered Chiles in Walnut Sauce)

Chiles en Nogada (Battered Chiles in Walnut Sauce)

Chiles Rellenos (Battered Chiles Stuffed with Cheese)

Chiles Rellenos (Battered Chiles Stuffed with Cheese)

Stuffing for Chiles n Nogada

Stuffing for Chiles n Nogada

Walnut Sauce for Chiles en Nogada

Walnut Sauce for Chiles en Nogada

Oh hey, Santa Cruz

I am so happy to be here after months of planning and preparing and I can’t wait to explore my new home. Yesterday was absolutely crazy, in a very good way. There were many introductions, including one of the most hilarious reactions I have ever had to my choice of ‘major’, lots of new faces (and a few not-so-new), much laughter and general fun times. Bring on today!

Oh, and have a photo of the dress I wore…

Dress: TK Maxx

Belt: TK Maxx

Across The Pond

Today was the big move, or the start of it at least. I won’t arrive in Santa Cruz until tomorrow, but the bulk of my journey is now done! I am lucky enough to be joined on my journey by Palge, so he may pop up here from time to time.

T shirt: French Connection

Bloomers: Vintage

Boots: Oxygen

and Palge…