Just got back from yoga and I feel fantastic! I needed to center myself before our busy day of sightseeing so the concierge told me about a place near the hotel and while the rest of the group was sleeping, I joined in on a class. I couldn’t understand what the instructor was saying, so I was really nervous at first, but then I just followed along. It made me realize how my new students must feel and that I have to remember to be patient.

Flamenco Dancing!

Last night we went to Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco, a very intimate, small flamenco club and I saw real flamenco dancing for the first time! The best way I can describe it is that it’s like Spanish Riverdance with more hand movement and different instruments. I LOVED it and the pitcher of sangria we shared made it even better. Carla asked the waitress to take our picture as we held up our glasses and tapped to the beat. No way could I learn flamenco as quickly as the tango — it must take those dancers years of practice. When we walked out Kelly said she doesn’t know what she’s going to do. She now wants to take tango and guitar lessons!

El Rastro– A Great Flea Market

I also loved El Rastro, an open-air flea market that every on-line review said we just had to see. I think I enjoyed it more than the others since some of the stores we’ve been to are a little too expensive for me. At El Rastro I felt like a kid in a candy store. I immediately found a beautiful blue tile with multiple shades of blue glaze and an intricate scrolling pattern which will look perfect on my patio table next to the parasol I bought. In the next stall I found a new leather purse that I started using right away. That was going to be it, but then Donna (who else?) spotted an amazing pair of gloves that I just had to have too.

Kelly found a beautiful antique cross necklace, the first of a collection. She said she’s going to try to find a religious souvenir from all the cities we visit, including something Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist. I love her favorite saying, “Faith and reason are two banks of the same river.” She says as long as you have them, you can pray to whatever God you believe in. Donna’s having a ball too. After she found my gloves, she moved on to an antiques stall and found a table and a brightly striped ceramic pitcher that she said will be perfect for her porch, which she is in the process of redecorating. I can’t wait to see how it looks when she’s done! In my opinion, her porch could already be featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

It’s so beautiful and inviting. The four of us spent so much time after she got divorced talking, eating, laughing and crying.

Looking Forward to Paris!

Tonight’s our last night here and then we’re off to Paris! I’m excited but a little nervous too since it’s been really helpful to have someone who can speak the Spanish and everyone says French people are kind of snotty if you can’t speak French. I guess we’ll find out. We’ve already scheduled a walking tour to get our bearings the first day and of course we’ll hit some shops and museums. But the thing I’m looking forward to most of all is the CHOCOLATE AND PASTRY FOOD TOUR! After this trip, I don’t know if I’ll fit into my clothes, but trying everything is so worth it!

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