3 days of workshops and shows in Croydon and I just happen to be in London!!!
Of course I'm going - how could I not?!
With a line up of Randa Kamel, Aida Nour, Tito, Virginia, Khaled, Kazafy, Yulia and Elena, this is one festival I wasn't going to miss!!!
Friday afternoon - I make my way to the Jurys Inn hotel and unpack in my hotel room> Yes, yes, I know I have somewhere to stay in London, but the messing about with trains early morning and late nights for 3-4 days wasn't worth the hassle - it was much nicer to stay at a hotel and have a leisurely walk to the venues :-)
After getting settled in my room, I take off for the afternoon Masterclass with Randa. Just as I'm waiting to go into the hall, I look around and who should be behind me, but Jen! From Dunedin!!! No! Is that you Jen? Wohaaa - how awesome is that - a friend from NZ! (She's staying in Glasgow at the mo as she's from Scotland originally) and she's come to London for the SITC Festival.
It was soooo neat to have someone I know to share the weekend with. The masterclass was full on and Randa is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G - have to spell it out again - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G - such energy and the perfection of all things belly dance!! Love love love her style and to see her dance - well, how lucky am I!