Category Archives: France

Hitching to Fenestrelle: Italians like Banjo!

The next day was a lazy one. My legs were sore from walking and covered with scratches and bruises, and so i went to the town and wandered for a little bit. I eneded up at a market plaza where … Continue reading

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A Jump of the Feet and the Fort of the Head

The next day I woke up at 10 or so to find that GuyRo and Celine and had already gone to work. They had left me a wonderful note, which I responded to with many thanks. I then called Jocelyne, … Continue reading

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Bacchu-Ber: Friends, Dances and Bread

I could barely sleep that night, like a child the day before Christmas, and woke almost and early, at 6am. I double and triple checked all my batteries for recorders and the papers for translations. I had some breakfast and … Continue reading

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A City in The Sky: Castles, Crepes and Children

Kittens! There were kittens! I woke up the next morning to discover the children playing with the two 5 week old balls of fluff outside my room. I took a long warm shower and was clean for the first time … Continue reading

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4 Languages, 2 rides hitching, 1 amazing host

So the next day I woke up and started to pack all of my stuff into my bag again. My bag is beautifully packed, but it had kind of exploded during the week in the tent. I gathered all my … Continue reading

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Cirque du Grand Bal: Miracles Avec Notre Corps

So dancing and camping and meeting new people has a strange effect on my diet: I forget to eat. This is added to the fact that I am mostly buying my food in shops, rather than restaurants, and I come … Continue reading

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It’s happening!!

I’m making bread in a 200 year old stone oven with members of the Bacchu-ber society. Dance is in a few hours. I’ve seen the earliest picture of bacchu-ber (1877) and met the president (who keeps refering to himself as … Continue reading

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Afternoon Jams, Late Night Dancing, and Early Morning Croissant!

The chance encounters that I make on this trip are clearly going to e more important than anything I actually planned. This particular coincidence happened during one of the milongas throughout the week. I spent most of the time dancing … Continue reading

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Grand Bal Part 1: A Banjo Pickin’ Yankee at a Hurdy-Gurdy Festival

Paris had been lovely, but it was time to move on. The Watson Fellowship had sent us these little cards entitled “Am I Getting It Right?” to address the fact that it is an honor-bound agreementĀ “To remove oneself from the … Continue reading

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Waiting for a lift to Italy

Also: the problem with secret pockets is that sometimes you think you lost you passport and have to repack all your bags. I was promised a lift to Italy by a man speaking only Italian. I’m waiting by the grocery … Continue reading

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