DANCE CLUB Our classes are well underway, with the adults preparing for some seasonal capers and then a ‘Nice and Easy’ dance in Longtown in November.

The children are busy learning new formations such as Poussette and Allemande, both used for two couples to change places.

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I have just got back from an amazing educational visit to India.

After an 8-hour flight from Heathrow, we arrived in Mumbai and a city of huge contrasts! Our transfer took us past shanty towns, to the waterfront, where we visited the 5-star Taj Hotel which overlooks the Gateway of India – the iconic monument built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1913. We spent the afternoon exploring a market that supplies props to the Bollywood movie studios, before a night in the Oberoi Hotel and the most ‘comfy’ bed ever!

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Lots of customers worry about the food when visiting India but I have now been twice and managed to escape ‘Delhi Belly’. As long as you avoid the street food you should be fine and in every hotel the dishes I tried were superb and there were always western options.

Next stop was Udaipur! One of India's most picturesque and romantic cities. We took a cruise on the beautiful Lake Pichola and explored the City Palace complex before checking in to Fateh Niwas Palace. It’s worth a Google, or have a look on our Instagram, my room was amazing!

Days 3 and 4 were off the main tourist trail exploring rural Rajasthan. We travelled to Narlai for a 2-night stay at the heritage resort of Rawla Narlai - again amazing. En route from Udaipur, we stopped at Ranakpur to see the spectacular Jain Temples. While staying in


Narlai, we walked around the village visiting local families learning about the lifestyle, food, customs and traditions of the region. I could have spent a week there; the area is beautiful and teeming with wildlife! Some of the group saw a leopard and cubs while I had to make do with families of monkeys feeding in the trees next to my room. The highlight of our stay was dinner at the hotel16th-century stepwell, illuminated by hundreds of oil lamps.

Next, we headed to Jodhpur, my favourite Indian city so far, which is bustling and chaotic but very friendly and we were guided through the markets and bazaars which are fantastic places to pick up a bargain or ten! Jodhpur has some amazing architecture and the formidable Mehrangarh Fort.

TO BE CONTINUED… note to self – persuade Mike and Helen to give me more words!

While I was swanning around India living the life of a very pale Maharajah, Jackie and the team were dealing with the nightmare scenario of Britain’s oldest tour operator going out of business. They spent Sunday calling customers about to travel to let them know what the plan of action would be if the worst happened and then once it had, the rest of the week re- booking holidays and starting the process of making ATOL claims! They did an amazing job in very difficult circumstances!

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