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When I sat in the garden of my guesthouse after sunset, I heared the sound of live music- not clear where this was coming from….
So off I went, of course walking, otherwise I would not have had a chance to locate the direction.
I walked about two miles, but it was difficult to locate the place where the sound was coming from.
So I asked a local who was somewhere on a narrow street with his van and he told me I should not walk here on my own at night, I would get robbed. But he would take me there.
There was another woman in the van, so I felt comfortable and jumped in.
The concert was great, unfortunately there had not been any announcement for it, so I arrived late.
The place was called Silver Hill and as far I could understand the speeches between the songs, it was about building a strong community of caribian black people on the islands, about their roots and culture. I guess it was connected to the independance day at the 30th of Nov.

Sorry, my english is really not good enough to understand the locals here sometimes.
Anyway, it was a lovely concert, great dancing performances on stage. When I asked somebody how to get back to Dover, a very friendly guy gave me a lift back home.
I guess the singer is well known, comments are very appriciated!


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Liebe TänzerInnen,
unser team freut sich ab 4.9. auf euch!
Montags wie immer eine offene Practica vor der Milonga mit wechselnden Lehrern.
unser Kursprogramm findet ihr hier:


 Warum solltest du hier tanzen, lernen und üben?
  • inspierende, sympatische LehrerInnen
  • Wenn Du eine warmes, persönliches Ambiente und  kleine Gruppen schätzt, wird es dir bei uns gefallen
  • Unser Studio ist sehr gut erreichbar, von der U-Bahn Station Blissestr. sind es nur zwei Minuten zu laufen.
  • Uns ist wichtig dass Du einen schönen Abend mit netten Leuten verbringst und fröhliche Energie tankst.

Vielleicht möchtest Du nur ein wenig Entspannung einmal die Woche, aber vielleicht packt es dich auch…
Tango argentino hat ein unglaubliches Potenzial unser Leben zu verändern.

Du möchtest tanzen, aber hast keiner PartnerIn? Jede(r) ist bei uns willkommen, ganz besonders alle die offen für die Idee sind beide Rollen zu tanzen.
Wir haben auch eine Tanzpartnerseite
Da kannst du dich umschauen, oder – nur keine Scheu – selber inserieren!

Jeden Montag bieten wir einen Tanzabend an.
Liebe AnfängerIn Du bist herzlich willkommen! Keine Sorge- jeder hat mal angefangen… trau dich! Komm einfach… – trink ein Glas Wein, sitz mit den anderen am langen Tisch, lerne nette Leute kennen.

wir machen dich fit für die weltweite tangocommunity- wohin auch immer Du reist, der Tango ist schon da ;-) Du wirst immer interessante nette  Leute treffen.
Ladies : da könnt ihr immer auch allein hingehen!



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five days of Istanbul went by much to fast…
It was just a first glimpse, so much more to discover!
The city is really a clash of cultures and you find a smile everywhere.
My reserved apartment did not work, but I decided to stay relaxed and everything turned out perfect. After the first visit to a milonga everything went well- I found a great, cheap place to stay, close to Taksim,  many Milongas in walking distance.
So I was walking up and down Istiklal and the steets arround several times per day- this street is incredible- in the night you have musicians every 50m. Some of them are really good!
Last night I could not manage to find the milonga, google maps showed  a wrong number, the little street was pretty empty, but there was a small bar and when I asked if somebody knows about tango arround here, one of the guys offered me help to find it.
I never felt unsafe for a second, even at 12 pm.
Well of course if you walk alone in the night, sometimes a clear NO, is necessary- but it always worked.
So much beautiful art to see, so many places full of history….
I did not take pictures of tango places, I just enjoyed to be there. A small festival was happening at the asian side, so the regular milongas were quite empty.
It would have been quite expensive to get there by taxi, and anyway- I wanted to see the regular milongas.
And I did enjoy them a lot, wonderful dances, nice people, great dancers with a lot of musicality and nice embraces!

I loved to listen to the language, the music… not to forget the great food!
I will come back- inşallah…
Pictures on fb:




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Hi everybody,
finally I found a place to sleep tonight :-)

I love to stay at airbnb homes but this time it did not work out!
Well, this whole trip was much more complicated than usual. My creditcard was not working booking the flight, the first booked airbnb apartment should not have been listed any more…
But I did not give up .. and here I am- Istanbul! My first impressions just driving from the airport by taxi to town were nice… Maybe you already know I love flowers? The were a lot of beautiful french tulips planted near the road. You know these ones? They are wonderful, much bigger than usual tulips. I wish I could have stopped to take a picture…
I thought about prebooking a taxi, but the prices for that were crazy, more than double of the normal fare!
You get a transport from Atatürk airport to Taksim area for just 20 € !
Well, I arrived at the house… last night I was told I get the key at the reception. Reception? I thought I am renting a private apartment…
It seems many of the „apartments“ in Istanbul are just pension- or hotel rooms…
First of all the guy at the reception told me I have to pay cash! What?? It’s already payed if you book via airbnb.
It told me he does not even know Omar, the owner of  the airbnb account I booked, and where the payment went. The house would be his, not Omars…he called him though… and Omar said he has problems to receive the money and I should cancel the booking and pay cash. That is nonsense ! In this case you loose a lot of money!
The reception guy told me he has his own airbnb account and I should have booked via this one… how could one know??? Please be aware, I don’t know his account, but  never book something with the adress:
Emin Cami Sokak 11
Beyoğlu 34435 Istanbul
They are very unfriendly, the neighbourhood is messy and the place is quite dirty!

I decided to leave!

The airbnb customer hotline was very helpful and supportive- thank you Ann! When I told them what happened and that I really don’t feel good at that place I received the full payment back plus 40€ for a hotel room and 15€ for a Taxi, generouse!

Best thing I did was to preorder a mobile hotspot
It was already delivered to the apartment when I arrived. Forgetting again to deactivate the roaming costed already 60 €  ):-

So after all that trouble I took a Taxi to Taksim place, sat in the sun and checked hotel prices…

I found a nice one, midtown hotel, and so tonight is solved!

I enjoy to be here and I am getting ready for the milonga now :-)

I took a walk first and  was fascinated by the colourful sweets :-)
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Then Milonga 333
nice place, very close to Taksim Square.
I had nice dances with Gökhan and he showed me the little nice hotel where he is staying,
very charming, for just 50 TL. Tomorrow I check in there!

Istanbul is so alive, even in the night the streets are full of people, I love it!

iyi geceler – Gute Nacht!

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Bald ist es wieder soweit:
Die Ladiesweek beginnt am 12. August, es gibt noch letzte Plätze