If there was a description for "perfect weekend" in dictionaries, I think it would be something along these lines: "A period of 2-3 days spent in a lovely place, doing the things you most love with people you like and in good weather. No stress included, happiness guaranteed" Oooor if they wanted to go for a shorter description, they could sum it up to: "MoodforHoop - Hoopyweekend 2011" because that's what it was. A perfect weekend.
First a little bit of history. The chain of events that led to this perfect weekend begins somewhere around February/March 2011. Back then I had already hooped for a while, but I had no one to hoop with and I wasn't making much progress. At the same time I was being kinda bummed about not getting to take part in our school prom, so my mom tried to come up with something to cheer me up, and she asked if I wanted to get one or two private lessons in hooping. I said sure, if she could find any. We started searching and stumbled upon MoodforHoop. I emailed Merilei, a hoopdance performer and teacher and asked her if she was giving lessons and if I could participate. She adviced me to come to a HoodanceJam - a small gathering for hoopdancers to practice together and meet other hoopers. As nervous as I was, I agreed to go, and it was really fun! I felt like a complete failure compared to everyone else there, but it gave me the spark to practice more and showed me how good I could get. After that I went to as many HoodanceJams as I could and improved and got more confident. I think it was in April when Merilei told me that she was arranging a weekend camp for hoopdancers and there was still room to enroll. I asked my mom who said yes, and thus the waiting began!
So finally last Friday it began. I dragged my bags and hoops to work, spent the day in nervous excitement, and then it was finally time to leave work and take a tram downtown to the meet-up point to catch my ride. I got together with Serena and Jenni. Then we went to pick up Merilei and Katzku, bought food for the weekend and off we drove! After standing still ín a traffic jam for a while and driving around we found the place and got out of the car. Most of the people were already there and so we arrived to a group of happy hoopers sitting on the grass of a beautiful countryside garden. We hanged around for a while (trying our best to keep safe from the masses of mosquitoes patrolling around), waiting for everyone to arrive, and then we started our first workshop. The subject of the first lesson was sustained spinning, a hooping technique that includes a lot of spinniiiiiiiiiiing as the name suggests. So we spent the evening spinning around in the staggering heat trying to not get nauseous :D Spinning turned out to be a surprisingly sweaty sport, and so afterwards a few of us went swimming to the close-by lake :D Wasn't too pleasant a shore, but at least it was cool! After going to the trouble of getting refreshed, we went back to hoop ourselves all sweaty again! Huzzah! We hoopdanced in the attic 'til midnight, when some of us - me included - went back to the cottages to (eventually) get some sleep, some stayed outside to chat and hang around for a bit longer. Anyway, it was still hot as ever in our room, but at least I slept pretty well.
On Saturday morning we woke up around 9 am and went to get some breakfast. We got breakfast from the main house (which was delicious) and then we had a couple of hours of free time before the first workshop of the day. The day was stunningly hot again, and so we spent the morning sunbathing on the field, hooping a bit and just enjoying the nature and weather. Sadly nature and I were not in good terms that weekend. Not only did I get eaten by a thousand mosquitoes, I also got pooped on by an angry bird whose nest was above our room's door and who did not appreciate us invading their territory. But oh well. I also bought a new hula hoop from Merilei (MoodforHoop) and had Noora put feather extensions to my hair. :)
|Circus ponies prancing proudly, Kati's workshop|
|My new hoop, Stardust!|
Despite the horrible night the morning was beautiful. I dragged myself out of bed to get some practice, then crawled straight back and took a little morning nap to bring me back to life. At noon we had to be out of our cottages, so then we moved to spend time outside, chillin' and sunbathing 'til it was time to go. People started packing up and then it was time to gooo :( It was so sad to wave goodbye after the perfect weekend, but alas, we had to stuff ourselves and our hoops to the car and drove back to city. Dad came to pick me up from Pasila and drove me home. So the weekend was over and I was back home, boo :( Tormented by the mosquito bites and longing I sit and wait for next summer and next Hoopyweekend. Luckily I made lots of new friends that I can meet in HoopdanceJams during the year and I can always comfort myself by watching the amazing pictures and videos from the lovely, lovely weekend :) ♥
Here's Noora's video & photo montage of the weekend: