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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Linton

Beautiful Alicante!

I haven’t written a blog post or newsletter in several weeks because of the hurricane, followed by Travel Quest Network’s conference in Orlando from Sept. 7 through 11 (which was fabulous, but tiring). Shortly after I arrived home from that, I came down with the flu and then found myself in preparation for my trip to Spain and Calpe Swing Fiesta. Now, on September 26, I find myself in Alicante, Spain, just about recuperated from jet lag, and in the most beautiful weather I have seen for a long, long, while.

Alicante City Hall

Today I walked into the downtown area and took some photos. Alicante is a lovely, walkable city. I am staying in the same area where I stayed last year, which I really like a lot. There are cute places to shop and lots of places to get good, cheap food. I have made an appointment to get my hair cut tomorrow in the neighborhood, about $12, and on Thursday I will catch a bus to Calpe for the Calpe Swing Fiesta, one of my all-time favorite dance events. I am thrilled to be going again this year. Wonderful teachers will be there, including Ryan Francois, and Gordon Webster and his band will be providing live music on weekend nights. I am looking forward to seeing, I hope, a lot of the wonderful people I met at the event last year. Some people come just for the weekend, some come for a week, but it goes on for 9 days for those of us, including me, who want to stay the entire time.

Santa Barbara Castle keeps watch over the town below.

I am also looking forward to seeing a friend I met at the Hong Kong Swing Festival, probably about 10 years ago. I had been seeing Facebook posts that told me Tess was living in Spain, so I contacted her months ago to make sure she knew about this event. She didn’t know previously, but she is coming and it will be great to connect with her again.

Great place for a stroll along the Mediterranean!

When my 9-day dance holiday is over, I will go to Valencia for about 2 weeks and then to Barcelona for 10 days. I hope I will get some more dancing in in both of those cities. On October 30, I will board a 17-night cruise headed for Port Canaveral , stopping at the Spanish Canary Islands, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico (my favorite!) and Miami before arriving in Port Canaveral. I may be in Europe, but I will continue to be available through email, including during the cruise, although judging from last year, the ship’s wifi may be challenged during the 6-day stretch of sea days. I will be checking, so if you need to reach me, please be patient and keep trying! The Dance Exchange at Sea is coming up in November and I am excited about that, too! As always, see you on the dance floor!

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