With £50 in my pocket and 24hrs (ish) spare I embark on the first of 11 challenges around the world. Number one set by a great friend of mine, actor, generally awesome human with a wicked (literally) sense of humor Mr. Chris Robinson.
Why him, well I started the Volvo Ocean Race with this man 3 years previously and after working and traveling with him for 10 months he managed not to kill me, so I figure give him one final chance.
Why the challenges? Well firstly I love having a laugh seeing the world and pushing my boundaries but secondly I have so many people in my life big and small that I miss when I am away with work so, what better than to entertain them and you never know I might inspire peeps to go out and have their own day adventures where ever they may be.
Seth Baum my 7 year old God Son was pretty devastated that he wasn't allowed to come around the world with me (sorry Seth one day mate one day I promise, he would be a hilarious travel partner) Sooo he decided that I should have a challenge companion, "SEXY GEOFF" was born, or bought and named. Not by me I may add!
A life sized inflatable flamingo that takes around 25mins to blow up, love it.
Over to you Christopher...Oh god, the video comes through and I have to learn Flamenco costume myself up and perform it in public, whilst this is embarrassing enough I am working on one of the most high profile sailing races in the world and know pretty much everyone in Alicante right now!
Just one problem I turned my ankle that week and was hobbling around like a good old pirate!
I swallow my pride, and crack on with sourcing a Flamenco teacher, this my friends is harder than you would think, Alicante isn't famed for Flamenco and there are no classes when i am available so it is over to my Volvo Ocean Race family for help. Within minutes Esther a seriously organised and wonderful Spanish beauty gave me Mini's number who then put me in touch with Alba and boom I had a one hour lesson booked!
Baring in mind we are all working and it's pretty hectic so this is a big thing to take time out to do this, also to let me film and to put up with my wiggly hips, lack of wrist awareness and inability to do any movement with out laughing at myself! Alba was awesome and was a massive Sexy Geoff fan, it was meant to be! Big up to Volvo for letting us rehearse in the pavilion there are 4 very confused Swedish radio technicians who will I am sure use my lesson as beer chat once back in Sweden!
One hour lesson done and a cheeky video of Alba actually doing the dance so that I can study in my "spare" time which I have to admit wasn't proving to be much! My new friend, work angel and Irish beauty Dee accompanied me on a 1hr mission to buy an outfit, our driver even got his mum involved in the search for an outfit! MUCH harder than you would imagine, Flamenco skirts are WAY out my budget of £50 and they style just isn't an 'in' style right now. So in a mad panic buy a child's aged 12 fancy dress outfit was the only option, which between you and I sat on my bed until the very last minute because I was so worried about it!
Dee got this, great shopping trip. Thanks lady xx
So the day came, let the Flamenco with a Flamingo commence, I decided I may as well go for it and dance in the Race Village (a two week pop up village for the race with food, drink, music events etc) the song would be played by the fabulous Lucia at bang on 6pm, I only had one shot! I rammed on the skirt trying to hide the rip in the back, red lippy on, hair scrapped back and I had officially got my Spanish on.
I had my wonderful support crew filming and generally wetting themselves. Big thanks to Leigh, Hanna, Anders, Stephanie, charlie, Lou, Steph oh and ONE Caterings John for fixing at the very last moment a wooden block and rope system to ensure that Sexy Geoff didn't take a premature swim!
Geoff seemed cool, calm and collected and stayed in character for the entire experience, I have never felt prouder of him really, there was a point that I thought he may be getting a little deflated but that passed.
I have to admit that once I had finished the dance the relief was epic, I 100% made minimum 75% of it up but with conviction of course! My biggest fan, a gorgeous Spanish old man gave me a standing ovation and asked for a photo! Smashed it haha. Challenge number one done, in time and budget even with a knackered ankle and not really enough time on my hands. What a brilliant week filled with kindness from all angles and a massive chuck of laughs on top!
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