Friday, June 7, 2013

Life's Dance . . And some Catalan Folk Dancing just for you

I am not sure how this will work, all managed on my little iPad mini with the help of my Blogsy app, but we so enjoyed this Catalan folk dance last weekend in Barcelona's Cathedral Place that I thought I would try to share it with you. We're settling into Bordeaux right now, but matters at home (response to Paul's non-attendance at his father's funeral) are troubling and hurtful. At least we know what is important, have each other, our own children understand their father's choice as did his father, with whom he had a very good relationship. And his mother, admittedly with cognitive abilities compromised by aging, appears to appreciate and enjoy his almost daily calls. So for now, we might to quite be dancing, but we are trying our best to enjoy life's music . . .

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  1. Your mini worked well. Your post reminds me of a night in L'Estartit where they danced the Sardana all night under our hotel window. Catalonia is definitely worth a return visit. Keep enjoying.

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    1. It did a good job, didn't it? I think that despite the frustrations of the small keyboard, you would enjoy its portability.
      I don't know the Sardana, but I hope I will get back to Catalunya to check it out someday.

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  2. Your video worked well. A little Catalan music and dancing is a great way to start my morning.
    And now, Bordeaux! Enjoy settling in.

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  3. Hi Mater, it's an emotional time for everyone and it's sad that the rest of the family can't accept that Paul and his father talked about this and each made their peace with the decision. I feel so bad for you both as I believe that you would be the last people to cause intended hurt. It's great that Paul is talking to his mother - the most important person right now - and has the support of his own family. I guess this too shall pass.

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    1. thanks, Patricia. It's true that for us our own immediate family (our adult children, their partners and their children) and my mother-in-law are the ones who matter most to us. We can only hope that eventually the others will begin to understand and that, as you say, this too shall pass.

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  4. Wonderful to see the dancing in the square. We stayed at the Colomb Hotel in the corner and it brings back sweet memories.
    One of the pleasures of travelling in Spain is the spontaneous way people dance to music. It's even more wonderful when they are dressed in flamenco costume as many still do for Festas
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    Condolences on your father in laws death. A difficult time made more so when others turn their grief into anger and hit out.
    Lilibet

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    1. That would have been a lovely place to stay -- such a beautiful square, the heart of community. I can't wait to travel more in Spain and to experience the flamenco and other dances.
      Thanks, Lilibet, for the understanding and sympathy.

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  5. A hard position to be in, which may be alleviated once he can talk to them in person. I hope that this buoyant dancing worked its magic on you, it did on me, even via the little video.

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    1. Isn't it buoyant? I have several other small clips, one of which shows people standing still above the hips, but with their feet moving in the pattern of the dance, a folk pattern, it seemed, one that probably all of them learned at school Bit by bit they would succumb, either joining a circle or beginning one of their own. Magic!

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  6. What fun! (the dancing that is; I don't envy the uncomfortable family situation) I hope things will settle and that you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your vacation without drama.

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    1. Thanks, Sue. We're letting go of it all, now that the funeral is over.

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  7. Best wishes....I understand the situation, have been in a similar one. Everyone needs to deal with these issues differently and the family will come round. The dancing looks great, I love Barcelona but Bordeaux is lovely too. looking forward to reading more about your sojourn there!

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    1. Thanks for understanding, Aurora. We love the comfort of returning to Bordeaux and getting to know it better, but meeting Barcelona for the first time was wonderful!

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