Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Night of Fire Dancing

Even on a Saturday, I wasn’t able to sleep in. In fact, I slept less than a regular school day last night. Because my RA lives right next door to me, I can’t go to bed until past curfew due to the commotion outside her room. This meant I slept at 1 AM last night and woke up at 7 AM this morning. There was a trip to Newport scheduled for today and buses were supposed to leave at 8:30. I didn’t sign up ahead of time so I arrived there earlier at 8. Seven buses arrived, and all of them filled up. After an hour and a half of standing in line, a large group of students, including me, were told to “go home”. I was unhappy, but I took advantage of the situation and headed to my room for a nap.

I spent the entire afternoon with Erinn on Thayer Street for souvenir shopping. We also went down to Dunkin Donuts for the first time. Unfortunately, it was 10 minutes before closing time so they ran out of donuts. I decided to get frozen hot chocolate, something Erin and I were dying to try. Although it looked nice, the drink tasted like nothing more than chocolate milk with ice and whip cream. What a disappointing first experience.

At 8 PM, Erinn, Erin, Andrew, our friend Rachelle, and I headed down to the water for WaterFire, a well-known event in Providence that includes lighting up fires in the river. We met Ms. Larson and Frank there and watched flames being lit up and a fire dancer performing in a boat. This WaterFire was much larger than last week’s. The turnout was greater, and there were many more side tents and food stands. The fire looked spectacular in the dark, and I could feel the energy of the many people surrounding me. WaterFire is truly a must-see in Providence.
After the show, Erin, Erinn, Rachelle, and I walked Ms. Larson back to the hotel, where we saw live music and danced to it. We all have great dance moves. We even saw Spogga, the amazing fire dancer from WaterFire, and took a picture with him. It turns out that not only can he spin fire, but he can sing, play the guitar, and beat box as well. The summer program held a Karaoke night tonight, and we went back to campus to see 20 minutes of it.

Today was a long but extremely fun day. Tomorrow, I will work hard on my group project.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like your day did a turnaround! It's good that it ended on a fun note. Yeah, WaterFire is lots of fun! You're totally right about the energy.


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