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December 11th 2005
Published: December 14th 2005
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What a great weekend! What does a great weekend involve here? The same as everywhere...having coffee with friends, exploring the surroundings, shopping, spontaneous motorcycle rides and sensual head massages from transvestites in clandestine "hair salons." The best part of the weekend? The traditional Acehnese dance rehearsal we were privileged to see this morning. One of my co-workers, who used to be a member of the troupe, arranged a special performance just for me and my housemates. After the performance, I talked with the dancers and showed them some salsa moves. I am the self-appointed Ambassador of Salsa and I'm dying for it to catch on here! They were amused and perhaps a bit perplexed.

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Traditional Acehnese Dance

Highly coordinated hand movements, head and shoulder spinning and floor slapping. I know it doesn't sound elegant, but it is.

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