Live your dreams

Picture of tango sallycat I’ve done it. I’ve proved beyond doubt that I am an addict and possibly quite mad. I have bought a twelve month ticket to Buenos Aires. On 7th March at 9.10pm I will be taking off on a British Airways non stop flight to tango heaven.

At the beautiful age of forty three and with the grand total of three months dancing experience behind me, it is time to live my dreams.

My goal is simple: to become the greatest female tango dancer that Hampshire has ever seen… I am kind of joking of course, but then again if you don’t aim high then you probably won’t climb even half way up. And anyway who knows what may be possible with enough hard work and passion? Did I say Hampshire? On second thoughts I meant planet earth… Course I want to live in a different culture, learn Spanish and sample a few Argentine lovers (Well I can’t leave that one off the list can I?). Maybe at some point I can also find a cheap way to visit Antartica. But that’s another story.

Lots of people are asking me how come I can do this. Have I had to resign my job? Abandon my children? Leave my husband? Answers are: no job to resign; no children to abandon; he left me. After sixteen years of marriage I’ve got a little bit of cash and a lot of freedom. I intend to use it. In my ‘warrior’ moments I am a free spirit, a courageous adventurer and will stay in Argentina forever, maybe popping back after three months to rent out my flat and dance a few perfect tangos at Archers Road. When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, I know I’ll never once get asked to dance at a Buenos Aires Milonga and I’ll be back here within a month, with less dancing confidence than I have now. I guess the truth is somewhere in between.

I will post the truth here. What is the reality of going to Argentina to pursue the tango dream? What are the highlights, the horrors, the practicalities, the men like? OK I’ll mention how gorgeous the women are too.

Knowing that people are reading my story will give me strength and it will save me writing hundreds of emails. Also it means that if you if you are coming out to BA and want to ask me anything or if you just want to stay in touch you can do it through this page. Before I leave I’ll write about the preparation phase – not that I’m much of a planner but even I have to organise a few things in advance. Better get that Spanish CD on then…

15 Replies to “Live your dreams”

  1. Go for it girl – totally mad but also totally great and we will be cheering you on all the way. Imagine you dancing across the world, spinning and kicking your way through life as you have always deserved to do.

  2. Yay you! I’m impressed. What a wonderful site! Like Jo says – Go for it girl! We will cheer you on all the way. You totally rock and fully deserve all the great and wonderful things that are happening for you right now. Enjoy the ‘kick ass life’. It’s yours!

  3. All the best Sally – it was great to know you for the past 18 months. Have a fab time and remember us all at college. If the conquering the world with your tango expertise doesn’t quite work out, remember you have got a great latent talent as a contemporary garden designer and I am not sure the UK can quite be without you in this field!
    All the very best and we will be checking out your adventures from time to time.

    Lots of love and best wishes

    Steve, Rosie, Max and the gang.

  4. Respect to you, Sally! I shall be reading about your adventures with great interest, since I’m sure I’ll never have the bottle to go, and none of the circumstances to go for so long.

    Just one thing, you’re not allowed to go without granting me another dance or two. See you in February!

  5. WOW! Kick-start of a kick-Ehm… life! Finally I’ve got a good reason to use the computer again sometimes.
    BUCKLE UP, CHECK THE GAUGES and PUSH “LAUNCH”

  6. Hey, this starts in January…oh wait, there is a prologue…so that is where it must be…the beginning from whence it all started…I guess I’ll save reading it for tomorrow since I should be going to bed… *grin *

  7. Hello there!
    I was just surprised to see that there are actually “crazy people” about Tango like me!
    My dream is also to come to Argentina and learn how to
    dance Tango!
    Do you know of programs where you are “totally” immersed
    into Tango learning daily?
    I’d like to take 30-42 days off from my life and come over there and learn Tango daily!
    Hope you can advise me.

    Ciao querida

    Enrico

  8. Bob, I think that Patagonia is likely to be the closest to Antartica that I will get, and for now that too is perhaps a way off. But we will see. Never say never!

    SC

  9. Amazing! You give me hope, Sally. I am so glad that I found your story. Thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂

  10. Well done for reposting, it shows how far you have come. Now men are worried that you might refuse them, not the other way around.
    Go on living the dream, stuck here in the freezing UK, I envy your spirit, as well as your new life.
    Feliz Navidad y prspero Año nuevo to you and Carlos.
    Besos Bob
    .-= tangobob´s last blog ..Christmas Practilonga =-.

    1. Hi Bob, and Happy Birthday! Thanks for reading this beginning of my adventure… I’m so glad I kept these original posts in the Archives. What a journey to look back on! I hardly recognise myself… my little Barbie-inner-spirit was just waking up from a deep sleep and stretching.
      Thanks for your good wishes for Me and C. and may you make all your own wildest dreams come true prontisimo!
      Un abrazo, SC

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