Encountering an unexpected global dance party
Today I was on a video shoot at the Dubai Knowledge Village campus. When I went to lunch, I walked into an international day celebration that one of the universities there was staging. There was food, traditional dress and, best of all, music from all over the region: Africa, Middle East, India, and Pakistan. It occurred to me how unintimidating an iPhone camera is. If I had tried to use my pro video gear, I don’t think people would have played to the camera like some of them do in this video.
The guys in the gold costumes are dancing to a Lebanese Dabkeh cut. Dabkeh has a beat and an “ambience” that is addictive after you listen to it for a while. And of course, everyone is familiar with Indian techno and hip hop. If anyone knows the style/ national origin of the other 2 cuts, let me know. I’m particularly interested in that African song.
As an aficionado of global music, this was quite a lunch time treat. Enjoy!
I’ve never seen this before…and I’ve had coffee all over the world…the name of the place is spelled out in chocolate. I have to say, this is one of the best cappuccinos that I’ve ever had. The big Italian expresso maker is not just for decoration. They actually make your coffee with it. Coffe eccellente!
Last Saturday morning, I took a walk in the mountains…
Gornergrat is on the ridge of the Pennine Alps above the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn (far right in the panorama photo below) attracts climbers from all over the world. Over 500 climbers have perished while attempting to climb it.
This coffee shop is in the building where Herr Doktor Einstein lived in Bern. It’s a trendy place with exposed brick and a chi-chi crowd. The best part is it’s tagline: “relatively the best.”
This past Friday, I had a video shoot in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. I was traveling by train from Bern, Switzerland, but an unseasonably early snow storm brought down trees all along the tracks in the Austrian and German Alps, so from Innsbruck on there were only buses, and many delays. In the end, this was a fortuitious development because I was able to spend some time in Mittenwald, Germany, both on the way to Garmisch and back. Mittenwald is known for it’s violin-makers, and is an incredibly beautiful Alpine town. The little cafe at the train station was a special treat, with friendly service, great food, and a variety of local beers. Put this little town on your “bucket list.”
Visit the blog that I’m currently working on in Switzerland: http://isberne.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/isberne-sports-promotes-character-camaraderie-and-community/
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