life couldnt be better! Well actually it could be, and it is! The weather has been fabulous, I've gotten to do some amazing rides and even took a little time out for playtime - fitting it in between the Tour and soccer of course.
The last week definitely had more than its share of playtime! Last friday, the weekend started off with a trip on the scooter to Leuven for a night of jazz concerts. It was already past 9pm but the weather held at 30°C so i was sporting my tiniest spaghetti strap sundress and 3" sandals - still plenty warm on the ride into town. (I wish i had a camera so i could have taken a photo of myself. You would never have recognized me!) Every Friday in July, there are mini concerts given in each of the six squares in the center of Leuven. We concert-hopped until coming across Pim Toscani & The Dixieland All Stars. They were playing more of the classical jazz style where half of the songs were winged.
While Jonas and I sat at a table in front of the concert, with my glass of chardonnay in hand, I was instantly reminded of the magical evenings I've spent at Grant's Tomb in NYC watching the jazz concerts in the summer where the old-timers like Dizzy Gillespie would frequent. Chills ran down my spine as i replayed in my head all the wonderful memories I've had there.
The next night it was off for the concerts in Tervuren. The town was having a weekend celebration in honor of the Tour de France which ran through their town that Monday. But first I had to do my training ride of 3.5 hours on the MTB. Unluckily we were caught in the only rainstorm in a couple of weeks. It hit us ten minutes into our ride. While the cold rain felt good on a day where temps were over 35°C, it totally sucked for the horseflies. For the next few hours, i was chased by various collections of horseflies who took bites at will. By the time i was home i looked like the red polka dot jersey. That meant no sleep for a few days since I am fairly allergic to insect stings and bites.
But i didnt let that stop my evening out. Once showered, we were out the door again. On the docket was Das Pop and Zornik, both Belgian bands. We had a prime standing spot only fifteen feet from the stage, which I expected would be wasted on me since they were bands I'd never heard of. Then in walked the Das Pop lead singer and i was mesmerized. That guy spewed energy all over the audience. Watching the rest of the band was an entertaining experience as well. While i expected to stand at that spot for only two songs, we ended up planted firmy in place straight through to their second encore. Another surprise was that I knew most of the Das Pop songs and even a few of Zornik's. They play them a lot on Studio Brussels - the major pop radio station here which we have blaring in the backyard while we work on our bikes.
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