030tango Road Trip Blog – Day 03 – Brussels
This day showed all the ups and downs of such a trip in one day. I wanted to make sure to test out being in a city, doing the interviews and getting all the material I need in just one day. After all this will happen several times during the 2nd trip and you should know what you get yourself into.
So I caught my bus at 9:30 in Amsterdam and was on my way to Brussels, till that huge traffic jam in whole Belgium changed the timetable from relaxed to “Hurry up dude!”
I dropped of my baggage at Inês place, who would host me that night in Brussels. We met at the first Copenhagen marathon in 2012. It was one of the times where I had real problems connecting to the event and I was close to stay at home at Sunday, but went out after all, to meet local friends who were not at the marathon. And then the after party took me completely by surprise, with only wonderful dances and encounters, Inês was one of those!
Having only little time to reconnect, I had to hurry to my first interview. Daniel is a regular visitor to Berlin, to dance, to DJ and meet with friends. It’s his 2nd Tango home. We sat down in the studio where he teaches and talked about how he found the teachers of the older generation he was looking for when he started dancing 16 years ago.
Afterwards I hurried over to Jens-Ingo. He is very well known as a DJ and a collector of Tango music all over Europe. He is digitalizing his music collection himself, to always bring the best experience to the dancers he is playing for. His researches he publishes on his blog tango-dj.be and together with his partner Benedicte he organizes twice a year the marathon La Cita de Los Amigos in Belgium.
Without a break I went directly on to the parc du cinquantenaire. There Inês organizes once a week an open air milonga in the colonnades of the museum “Musees Royaux d’art et d’Histoire/Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis”, as long as the weather is warm and the sun is shining.
It’s a donation based event and people bring food and drinks for everyone. They chat and dance till 12.
At that point my energy kind of lost me. I wanted to do another interview with the very welcoming Flávia, but getting my equipment together again, do the interview and then going home to wake up at 6:30 in the morning was just too much.
Thinking didn’t work anymore, so the evening ended up in some dancing (you shouldn’t overthink that after all), meeting old friends again and finding new ones.
It was only one day in Brussels, but an intense one and I’ll surely come back!