Loneliness at Big Festivals

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I find this very ironical. Salsa festival El Sol in Warsaw is one of the biggest. Maybe even the biggest in Europe. You would think that there is soo many people you will hardly have time alone. But it’s very easy to be alone. It can even be more lonely than when you are really alone!

I think for many people this is not surprising. It’s similar problem like a lot of breads in the shop. I think it was in New Zealand where I met for the first time very long aisle with a bread only. I was scared. Kind of. I didn’t know which bread to buy. There was so many types and kinds! Which one is tasty?!

And I was scared at El Sol as well. I came in… and there was a huge dance floor full of people. Really full. Almost no space to even walk around the dance floor.

I came for the third time this year. How is possible it’s different now? Well, I can see two reasons. This cannot be done without an alcohol. I wasn’t alone with this and all of us this year I know about were sober or had only one drink.

Another problem could be that I was a kind of alone. I was staying at the hotel alone and I always came to the party alone. It’s the worse combination you can think of.

If you know nobody, it’s very hard to come to some group of people and start chatting. I could do it only with people I already knew. I wanted to dance and talk with some other people, but I didn’t do that.

To survive big festival, you have to come in a group and do pre-party. Without it, it’s very hard. But then there is the problem that people are comming to the party later and later which is sick.

But the concert was amazing. Orquesta Broadway is awesome. Little bit shame they used all hits at the beginning but anyway I enjoyed it a lot.

This is actually the only one reason I will come next time to some big festival like this one. Only big festival can afford to bring some famous big orchestras. I will try to support them if I will be able to come.

I will enjoy social dancing at events like marathon during the day and I will learn new moves at events like Mamboland. Big festivals are good only to bring amazing concerts and now I think about to visit festival with Tromboranga. :-)

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