Fog, traffic, tango – part 4

Last weekend I went to Turkey for the Istanbul tango ritual, staying with a tanguera friend I met in Buenos Aires. This is the story of the final day of my visit.


Cigdem, my hostess for the weekend had to leave for work at 6:30 on Monday morning. At 6:25 I dragged myself out of bed to thank her for her hospitality and to say goodbye. After she left I went straight back to bed and slept for a few more hours. An airport shuttle collected me at 11am and whisked me through the sunshine – yes, the fog had finally given up – and almost no traffic to Sabiha Gökcen airport.

Squeezyjet did a fine job of getting me back to the UK, just as they had done a fine job of getting me to Turkey on Friday. The return flight was longer than the outbound due to a headwind and the battery on my Kindle gave up an hour into the flight. So much for ten days on one charge; I think I got more like ten hours. Emerging from the cloud at 400′ the pilot made one of the smoothest landings I’ve ever experienced. Fifteen minutes later I was stood outside Luton airport waiting for my taxi. It was cold – only 5 Celsius (41 Farenheit), windy and raining and generally horrible. The temptation to walk back inside to the ticket desks and buy a one-way ticket to anywhere hot and sunny where they dance tango and/or west coast swing was very strong. I hear Buenos Aires is nice at this time of year…

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2 Responses to “Fog, traffic, tango – part 4”

  1. Gene says:

    Hi Joanna,

    I stumbled upon your blog in search of West Coast Swing dancing in Istanbul. I’m planning an extended trip abroad for my sabbatical and looking for international cities where WCS is popular. Unfortunately, due to high living expenses, I’ve ruled out UK.

    Can you shed some light on the WCS scene in Istanbul, or other countries you know of? Or maybe point me to a good resource for my research?


    • Mark says:

      Hey Gene,

      Looks like you had a little cut’n’paste problem there, or you’ve commented in a different blog than you intended to. But since the question makes sense…

      Unfortunately I can’t point you to any specific WCS resources or countries with a low cost of living and lots of WCS dancing. I was just a newbie in the WCS scene when I started travelling and have no experience of WCS outside of the UK. Certainly there the scene is growing quite rapidly. The best I can suggest is (more) google.

      Good luck with your search. If you find anything useful please let me know. And enjoy your sabbatical.


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