December 31st, 2013
Bill, Brook and I just returned from a magical 10 day trip to Portugal and Spain. We experienced a wide range of tradition and culture during this trip. One of the highlights being that we were able to attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Seville. The cathedral where the service was held was massive and well attended. The air was filled with fragrant incense which mingled well with the European sounds (the entire service was conducted in Latin and Spanish, punctuated with organ music).
The next day for Christmas our family enjoyed a quiet dinner together at an ancient Moorish bathhouse that was converted into a rustic yet elegant restaurant. I remember feeling especially peaceful and content that evening…being in the company of my Bill and Brook in such a beautiful and amazing place. My heart was warm with love, as my fingertips were warmed by the comforting glow of the candle on our table. After our meal I felt full and satisfied in all ways.
In contrast to our quiet Christmas dinner together, on our last day in Seville we took in a lively flamenco show with soulful singing and guitar playing. The flamenco dancing itself was incredible…so intense and full of emotion. Brook was so moved by it all that afterwards she was literally speechless…I don’t remember this ever happening to her before. I suppose that the passionate music and dancing awakened some part of her that she might not have known existed.
This trip was the perfect way to close 2013. I’ll most likely share some more of my experiences in the next post (there was a lot of inspiration that I’m sure will influence future art projects).
Wishing you all good glow and lots of happy dancing into 2014!