Tango Cherries – Bergen Tango Marathon 2014, Norway
Bergen – my city of rain … always when I come you greet me with drops and more drops. It’s good to know I come for tango, so I don’t mind at all. And sometimes, when I don’t expect it, you will even show me some sunshine, and then I see your beauty in detail.
Bergen marathon last year set high standards, so I came back with lots of nice memories and high expectations in my mental bags. That is sometimes not the best starting point, to be honest. But here we go.
Second time in a small city like Bergen means: where I last year got lost and had to hire a cab which turned out to be very expensive, I walked
this year as I would live here. I remembered the streets, and getting to the pre party has been the only time I had to use my map. Everything else I had in my mind already.
The locations were the same as last year, good floor, but limited capacity. All in all for my personal taste there have been too many people this year, the floor has been very crowded very often. Since a lot of locals attend the marathon which do not seem to be used to navigate on a crowded floor it has been bumpy several times.
The mixed dancing level forced me to watch out carefully before accepting an invitation, and the this year by mistake the clearly imbalanced gender did not contribute to more dances as well. I ended up having a good time chatting and dancing with my friends, but discovering only very few new leads. Food was very nice, I love the salmon they prepare there.
I experienced only 3 imbalanced marathons so far, london in 2012, Dresden this year, and Bergen, and the reaction of the organizers of Bergen has been very exceptional. (It reminded me to the turkish organizers who invited all dancers for the next year for free after they had to cancel mid-way in the event due to riots.)
Not only there are public apologies, but also inviting all travelling followers to come next year for the half price is a gesture of generosity and willingness to improve. Chapeau! I highly appreciate any organizing team who is not only asking for feedback, but accepting critics and taking action to make it better next time. Well done, Bergen people!
The fjord excursion after the event has been very nice, as friends told me, so if you want to explore Norway, and dance tango, this is your event!