I got back last week from New York. I spent a wonderful two weeks there. I saw some very interesting shows, caught up with old friends, met lots of great new people, went to lots of pole dancing classes (at the studio I went to in Brooklyn it was very different to what I am used to, more sexy dancing, less acrobatics - more like what I guess most people think of when they think of pole dancing, but it was fun and challenging).
There was an art festival on Governor's Island my first weekend there. There was a great dance group who use bikes to dance with! So talented. And strong! I was trying to get some nice pics and one guy was right in my way. And then after the show was over I realised it was Iris, someone I had actually met a few days earlier and had a great chat with! And he made the awesome bike contraption you can see in the second video!! And I even got Iris in the second vid without knowing it was him.
I couldn't go to New York without checking out the garment district. The fabric stores are so big there! I ran into Nettie in Mood!!
I spent a lot of time browsing at Spandex House. I think they should rename it Spandex Paradise. I don't think I have ever seen so much stretchy fabric all in one place in my life.
|This was only half of one aisle in a shop with two levels. Overwhelming amount of fabric.|
A good few hours were wiled away going through many shops that only sold spandex but I resisted temptation and didn't buy anything (my fabric stash at home is too big as it is...). At the airport later I was very glad for this.
I saw an amazing performance of Peter Pan at the House of Yes. A lot of the performers were also aerialists, so they were flying through the air wearing wonderful costumes. After the show I got a photo with the sexy Captain Hook.
The House of Yes is such a cool, magical place. As well as performances they also have aerial arts classes. AND a bar! I went to an aerial silk class with the lovely Kae. She had some good tips. One was to keep pointing my toes even when they cramp. Not so easy to do but I am working on it!
I finally got to meet Kameko's gorgeous two year old! Isn't she just so adorable!
We had a lot of fun spinning around until Kameko was like.... ummmm, you might pull her arms out of their sockets. I did not know you are not meant to do that with kids under four :S
Kameko is upstate in the Hudson Valley so I went for a visit. While there I challenged a random guy at the bar to a cartwheel competition with Kameko. I blame all the margaritas and interesting beers...
Jake was actually pretty good at cartwheeling!
The next afternoon he picked me up on his motorbike and we spent a few hours going all around. It was wonderful and exhilarating! The beautiful nature, cute little towns. The sun was shining, the wind on my skin. Stopped for the most delicious chicken salad sandwich. Then we got caught in the pouring rain. An unforgettable day.
The next day, back in New York, I got a call from a friend who I hadn't seen in about 4 or 5 years. She saw some pics I posted on facebook and she knows Jake, the cart wheeling biker!!! Crazy small world!
On my last day I was at the airport three hours before my flight because my friend Sterling was flying in from Paris. (We coincidentally both booked transatlantic flights for the exact same dates flying in AND out!! He was lovely and let me stay at his place in Brooklyn for the entire time). We were just relaxing, catching up. No stress.
We flew with the same airline so assumed it was the same terminal and when we went up earlier to the departures part a staff member told us that all check ins are right there. But that was not true. Realised that 90 min before my flight was due to leave.
Rushed to the correct terminal (they are not exactly close), waited in the slowest moving line ever. Finally got to the front and the checkin man was like "it is too late, you have to take the flight tomorrow". WAAAAH! Minor freakout. I told him I needed to get on that flight and then after a little pleading they said if I took my big backpack as hand luggage I could fly!! They even let me take scissors and "dangerous" liquids on the plane! I was SO glad that I usually pack reasonably light and could do this.
I want to go back to New York!!