Sunday, June 19, 2011

Robyn, the girl who always wore a gardenia in her hair, the most glamorous creature I had ever met, (see Djenne home coming diary of Oct 18, 2010) is still fabulous, as you can see. This picture may seem a mystery – it does not have much to do with Mali or Djenne Djenno, granted… But there are not only one, but two reasons why it graces this entry:
One reason is that Robyn and I spent a few days several decades ago at a Health farm called Champneys at Tring. I am now writing this from another Champneys, this time in Lincolnshire, where I am spending a few days to get into shape for what will probably be a difficult new season. I alternate between the steam room, the pool, the Pilates lessons, the ‘aqua-jog’ and the Jacuzzi. And then I spend some time on my computer finalizing what will be the first website for the town of Djenne. OMATHO- the Malian Office of Tourism- has been pestering me for years to help them so I have worked with my website designer and we are nearly there. More later…
The second reason for the picture is that I stopped by at Birgit’s in Amsterdam on my way back to the UK. There I made the acquaintance of a young woman whose father runs Ball-room dancing holidays. He has just taken a small group to the south of France for a week’s Tango holiday. Now this might be something! She promised to talk to him about the possibility of extending his journeys further southwards… I can just see us tangoing in the garden or on the sunset terrace! A week’s tango classes followed by TANGO ON THE NIGER as we tango our way to Mopti and Timbuktu. Yes! Yes? Yes!


Blogger gardenia said...

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12:43 PM  
Blogger gardenia said...

Sophie I cant believe you did end up posting this photo! I also cant believe you are at Champneys - I am jealous - I loved our time there all those years ago! I hope you bring tango to Djenne! Much love.....

12:45 PM  
Blogger toubab said...

Robyn dearest,
I thought of you at Champneys and wished you had been there! Let's try and do it again one day?
As far as the tango in Djenne goes, it seems unlikely- have had reports that it is really difficult to learn and not a popular dance for those who take dance holidays. Shame! But what do you think of rumba or cha-cha-cha on the Niger?
All love

9:24 AM  
Blogger gardenia said...

Sophie rumba is the dance of love and lust - does that suit the Niger? Cha Cha is cheeky, fast, sexy - does that suit the Niger? It could be that samba or mambo may be better??!

1:20 PM  
Blogger toubab said...

samba, mambo,rumba let's do 'em all!
Fast and sexy, that suits the Niger fine.
xxxWhen are you coming to Mali?

10:45 PM  
Blogger gardenia said...

I will have to work on a year - maybe next year or the year after! I would really love to come so must start planning!

1:30 PM  

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