Swingy Adventy Sunday

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 30, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Lower Saxony,
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dear Reader,

Some people are surprised about how much I go swing dancing. It seems that I am on the road many a weekend going to some workshop or party.  The question many ask is this – why?  This question crossed my mind, after spending €12.20 for a train ticket to Hannover for an evening of kicking it on the dance floor to the tunes of Ella, Ol' Blue Eyes and others. 

I don't really want to bore you, so I'll keep this short, but I got the fever because of...

The Music - One newbie to the swing scene commented that everyone looked so happy at the Swingy Sunday dance.  I ask you-how can you be sad when you hear a song like this?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qrjtr_uFac  As one wise swing dancer told me "This stuff will renew your faith in life when you start letting it get a hold of you."  

The Challenge - I guess Forensics left a big hole in my life that needed to be filled.  Swing dancing turned out to be a perfect artistic outlet for me.  As I discovered at my first workshop, I have a lot to learn about swing dancing.  For me, using and mastering a new move for me is just as thrilling as using a new German idiom in conversation.  I guess I take a walk on milder (and nerdier) side...  

The People - Still, the topping on the cake for me is getting to know people who are just as crazy...erm...enthusiastic about dancing as I am.  I was so excited to find that the swing scene in Hannover is just as welcoming as the scene in Milwaukee.  This is fantastic, considering I had to seriously revise my strategy for making friends in Germany.  

This made the Advent-themed edition of Swingy Sunday all the more memorable.  I had a fantastic time cutting a rug to gospel swing songs and even had the chance to lead-fight with another dancer.  After the dance, a group of dancers headed to the Christmas market to enjoy some music from a live swing band.  While dancing to the music, it was one of those "Am I dreaming" moments.  Luckily, it was real life.  When I had to leave for my train, there were handshakes and hugs all around.  I'm very thankful to get to know these great people-they certainly make life in Germany much less lonely.  

Normally, Germans don't smile in public and thus, I try to limit the whole smiling-at-strangers.  That night I threw that social norm out the window and smiled the entire trip home, even though my train was delayed.  

Lebe lang und erfolgreich,

I'd like to give a shout-out to the dapper swing dancers in Hannover!   I look forward to many more Swingy Sundays with you!  
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