Tango Cherries – North Greece Tango Marathon 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
After coming back to Europe from Buenos Aires the landing here is always quite hard. Since I have made positive experiences with trying to combine coming back with a marathon, this time I went directly from BA to Greece. It has been my first time to Greece ever. I don’t know why exactly it never has been on my traveling schedule, but I should have gone earlier.
One more Marathon at the seaside of life … the first impression when arriving by plane to Thessaloniki is: flying very low over the water, thinking it will be a water landing or what? Because I could see the waves … but eventually the landing strip starts right at the shoreline. Impressive!
Greek guys are told – among us followers – to be very good dancers, like turkish guys. I very much-needed to verify this. And: I can confirm. If you once manage to “break in” the greek circle (which is not as effortless than it is usually in Turkey, where the good leaders are really keen on dancing with every new tanguera in the room), Greece is tango-wise a planet worth traveling to! Though if you don’t find the right “entrance” into the group of greek leaders it can be tough for women.
The venue is located at the seaside promenade, in an area with bustling bars and restaurants with millions of good-looking young Greeks. Seemed they sent all their young folks to Thessaloniki for Easter to party here.
Inside there is a ballroom with wooden floor, a nice sound system and a beautiful view out of big windows to the port, the promenade, and the water. Free drinking water, coffee, tea (fresh ginger!), even free wine, plenty of chairs and some sofas added up to a cosy place to spend hours dancing and chatting. The utility box in the lady’s room proved to be organized by a wise woman – it has been one of the most complete I’ve seen so far.
Food has been served upstairs, with a very relaxed time frame and space to sit down, chat, and eat in peace. I liked that I did not feel the rush to eat fast and dance *this* tanda now. Through the separation of areas I felt more calm while eating.
While the DJ’s on friday did not meet my personal taste, the saturday and sunday ones fitted me perfectly. As from saturday on the greek dancers opened up to dancing with (unknown) foreigners (ratio: I guess 60% greek, 40% foreigners with a big share of turkish dancers), so I met quite some new dancers. In the afternoons there has been a nice gender balance, and this combined with the daylight and view to the sea made the afternoons for me the best hours of the marathon.
On saturday night after 2 a.m. step by step dancers changed from evening outfits to pyjamas, which gave some of the dancing couples a very funny look and made me smile a lot.
The organization team took care a lot of our wellbeing, checking back with us frequently if everything is ok, and stayed calm in a couple of stressful situations which shall not be specified here …
All in all I can clearly say that I will come back to Greece, soon 🙂