Follow Your Dream, Day #245: What A Ride It Was

This has got to be one of the most unique tours Lord of the Dance has ever completed.

Time is a currency measured in moments, not minutes. There are so many *moments* from this tour that I'll remember:

Our run of shows in Shanghai. The train to Beijing. The silent midnight bus ride to the airport on the Chinese New Year with fireworks all around us as we left the country.

The lantern festival in Kaohsiung. The amazing Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The singing and revelry at the back of the Lordbus on the ride back from Taichung. The unbelievable Kessel Run logistics of moving the whole troupe from Taiwan to Mexico despite border closures.

The beautiful old neighborhoods of Mexico City. The AMAZING crowds at the Auditorio Nacional. Matt Smith and Alasdair Spencer crashing a Zumba class on live television at Azteca TV. Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán. Seeing a minor volcanic eruption on the ride from Mexico City to Puebla. Watching Luis Sanchez perform in front of his hometown of Guadalajara. The emotions on the last night in Querétaro.

All of that in just the last month.

In terms of total miles so far, Team Lord has traveled roughly the equatorial circumference of the Earth.

Right now, as I write this, we're waiting to board our flights home. Fran Dunne, Sean Scally, Conor Rodgers, and Connor Smyth are sitting opposite me. Behind me is the bulk of Team Lord, all hanging out and chatting. As other travelers walk past us with their luggage, they have no idea they're walking past the finest Irish dancers in the world.

We all have a few days off at home, and then it's off to Austria and Germany for the next leg of the tour. I honestly can't wait. These countries have always been fantastic for Lord of the Dance, and it's a real treat to tour them.

Thank you, China. Thank you, Taiwan. Thank you, Mexico. We will see you again.

Written from the airport in Mexico, February 17, 2020.


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