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I Love Budapest

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I'm not sure how many countries I've visited in the past year, but the fact that I have no idea gives you an idea. Four in the past week, if you don't count the US. A lot of good flight deals popped up, and I booked them more quickly than I could ask myself if traveling constantly was really the best use of my time. But here I am, in the air between Budapest and Amsterdam, on the last round the world I have booked.

On these trips I've been to a bunch of new places. There wasn't a single one that left me unable to find something to love of the city, but certainly some were better than others. Budapest, totally unexpectedly, is one of the best new places I've been in a long time.

That's not to say that it's objectively better than anywhere else, only that it fits my peculiar tastes remarkably well. I flew into Budapest without being able to list with certainty a single country Hungary borders. That's a good indicator of how little I knew about the city. I figured, like other European cities, I'd go to museums, walk around the city, admire the architecture, and eat delicious unhealthy food. I did those things, but also found a lot more.

Budapest is beautiful. It straddles the Danube river with three different bridges, and along those banks are beautiful old European buildings. But go a bit further in and you also see really well done modern architecture, sometimes integrated with old buildings.

Laban 2014

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So last year, I made the courageous decision to turn my life around, give up my full time job and go chase my dreams (finally!) As such I’m starting my dance degree this September, which I am very excited about!

As I’ve had about 5 years out of dancing only starting back up last year, I thought it would be good to invest in an intensive summer programme before university commences. I found a few courses in London pretty close to where I live; the one that shouted at me though was at a conservatoire called Laban. Laban is a well known university/institution that specialises in movement and dance, in fact it’s the centre that I wished to complete my contemporary dance degree at when I left school 6 years ago. As it happens, I never went. My life went off on a tangent, and I sadly forgot how truly passionate I was for dance.

Anyway, so I booked this 2 week intensive summer school at Laban a few months ago in attempt to get my technique back up to scratch before starting my degree. I didn’t know what to expect when I booked the course, but before I knew it I was sat on the train and well on my way to South East London. On arrival I had mixed feelings - very excited but so so nervous.

Monday however was soon upon us - the first day of classes. The teachers and other students on the course soon started to bond and get to know one another, and before I knew it I had made some really good friends. It didn’t take long at all to meet new people; the programme is so international and friendly.

The intensive was amazing, it really helped me get back into the dance world and took me back, reminding me what it’s like to live and breath everything dance, it’s actually been pretty nostalgic. The teaching and support from professionals and other students was outstanding, I'm thrilled that this is the summer programme I had booked. I've taken so much away from the experience. Since leaving Laban however, I feel I’ve taken away far more than just valuable dance experience and training, I have met some truly special people, who I sincerely hope to see again at some point in the future.

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