far away.

My mind is still far away, in Belgium or at least some other place. I have been back already for two weeks, but I feel like I'm still not "here". After a big show, or a big project, I always think, "now what". It's hard not to plan for the next big show, tour, performance, but as a performing artist, it's natural. I've made a personal promise to myself to "take a break", but with the group on such a high, it's almost inevitable to come down a bit and feel somewhat "lost".

Here's a few pictures from An, our host in Edegem -- these were taken on the opening night of the festival, the only night where we 'closed' the show. An is both a great cook and photographer.

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where are you luggage?

I've been back for almost a week, and I'm still missing my luggage. I only have 1 out of 3 pieces still, and I'm waiting at home between the convenient hours of 6 and 10 waiting for them (ugh!). My Belgian chocolates, my purchases from Meir, and all of my summer clothes, please come back soon. I know British Airways is not 100% to blame, but from the customer service to the inconsistent messages, I'm not that impressed.

Still trying to process everything that happened in Belgium -- what an experience! I've decided to post a few pictures to help me remember everything that happened.

In Belgium, it's all about bread. Our host family was fantastic, with preparing all of our meals each day -- I think we lucked out as our host mom and dad were the best cooks. I knew we had authentic Belgian cuisine because when we went out for dinner in Antwerp, I almost had everything on the menu, prepared with care by our host family.

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xavier cesar

...is the name of my first nephew, and I could not be happier! Congratulations to Jeanette and Rodney, who are the parents of their first child, Xavier Cesar, born on Friday, 6 lbs, 9 ounces.

He's cute, no? More pictures here.

By the way, my plans to post when in Belgium were thwarted. I'm back home safely, although I'm still without my luggage. I will have to post some 'catch-up' posts soon.
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hello from belgium!

All I have to say is that it has been such a crazy, wonderful trip so far...so this is what it's like to be a full time performing artist! It is tiring, between rehearsals, new environment, limited technical time, and of course, the changes, the changes and the changes to the repertoire!!! It's been especially challenging without VeeJay here, but the group is doing great.

It's nice to see the other countries and what they have to offer. I'll have to say that the great thing is that we have so much diversity in our dance and our traditions.

I've had some time to take in some of the local sites, and I'll have to post my pictures later.
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edegem, here we come.

So I'm off. I'm bringing my laptop and so I'll do my best to post updates. The main festival is Edegem near Antwerp, and then we'll be performing in Dendermonde. I know that Edegem is a small town (with a population of 21,688) and so I really don't know what to expect. What I do know is to "expect the unexpected" -- this is the advice my Likha friends have given me. The element of "surprise" is the most exciting part of the trip.

To be able to perform internationally has been a dream of the group and of mine for a very long time, and I can't believe it is coming to fruition. Thanks to everyone who put in the hard work to make it happen.
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