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    Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Wasn't sure if this was the best forum for this but here goes....w.:

    I'm attending the Raqia Hassan weekend workshop sponsored by Faten Salama, Saffron Dance, & Bellydance For Life Productions this Saturday and Sunday (May 17th and 18th). Those of you going know that it being held at the Lexington Hotel in Oxon Hill, MD.

    I'm still trying to figure out the best way to travel from Boston to Maryland. I've been to DC once many years ago but that's it. I really don't know the area. My question is if I leave from Boston should I land in DC, VA or try to get myself into MD and then take a cab to the hotel? I'm just trying to find the closest and quickest way to get from here to their. I'll be leaving Boston on Friday, May 16th and leave the hotel on Monday, May 19th.

    At the risk of sounding lame...this is my first go it alone workshop. ,f:: I've traveled to NY for workshops where you land in the city and walk or take a train to get where you're going. This is different.

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!..g.: ..g.:..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Are you taking the train, driving or flying?
    If you look at the hotel info
    Lexington Hotel-Washington D.C. in Oxon Hill MARYLAND part of Lexington Hotels
    Even though it's in Maryland, it's considered the Lexington Hotel, Washington DC.
    I believe the closest airport is the Reagan Airport. The website says it's only 3 miles from the White House (that's DC) and 5 miles from Old Town Alexandria (where the Friday night showcase is being held).
    When flying somewhere I'm not familiar with I always print out directions to all the places I'll need to do so that I'm familiar with the area and have an idea of what taxi/transportation rates might be. I'd also call the hotel and ask if they have a shuttle from the airport (some do) and ask how often and how much. If they don't have a shuttle, all the more reason for you to have directions printed out- so you know the taxi will take a reasonable route to get there.
    Maybe other Bhuzzers are staying at the hotel, too and you can taxi together to the Fri night show. ..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Thank you, SamiraShuruk!!!

    Just goes to show that it never hurts to ask for help. I didn't even think about checking into the rates of cab drivers. I'll definitely print the directions.

    I'm torn between taking Amtrak or flying. Don't really want to deal with the security stuff of flying even though it is VERY important to have tight security at all and every airport. Still thinking about it and time is running out!

    Thanks again, I may come up to you and say 'Hi' at the workshop.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by akashablue View Post
    Thanks again, I may come up to you and say 'Hi' at the workshop.
    Oh, please do! In person I tend to be shy...and I'm also AWFUL with names. (BAD combination)
    In a room full of dancers I tend to be quiet and stick to people I know, but truly I love to meet other dancers. ..g.:
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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    I'm shy too but will say 'Hi'. My given and stage name is Chantal ..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by akashablue View Post
    I'm shy too but will say 'Hi'. My given and stage name is Chantal ..g.:
    Say hi to me too, on Saturday!

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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by akashablue View Post
    I'm shy too but will say 'Hi'. My given and stage name is Chantal ..g.:
    I look forward to meeting you Chantal.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    i'll be there saturday.........wave, jump, hug, whatever :p say hiiiiiii


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Thanks, Ladies!!! I will make it a point to say 'Hi'. And I thought I was going to be all alone during the workshop. Thank you...really!!! ..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Me too, me too! I look like this
    <---
    and will be running around in a black Saffron Dance crop top.

    Suzana (I answer to Suz, too. Or heyhoneyhowyadoin...or pretty much anything, really!)
    Last edited by Suzana; 05-15-2008 at 11:40 AM.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    I'd love to meet you, Chantal! I'll probably be with my fellow NDCers. We're all nice gals, so please come up to us and say "Hey!" I will probably be wearing a "Shimmilicious!" shirt; I'm short and I have a big mop of Sisterlocks!

    Looking forward to meeting you!
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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    like i said on the meetup: you will find me near the costumes, probably with my hair pulled up, some glitter still stuck to me from the night before.. and coffee... yes yummy coffee


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    YEAH!!! The more the merrier!!!!! ..g.:

    Zana, Toya and latriamou - I'll be asking around for you ladies too.

    I should post a picture of myself...Hmmm...I'll try before I leave work today.

    I'll be the short black girl with glasses ..l;,


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    LOL! That would be me, too, Akasha - if I hadn't stopped wearing my glasses!

    Makeda..l;,


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by akashablue View Post
    YEAH!!! The more the merrier!!!!! ..g.:

    Zana, Toya and latriamou - I'll be asking around for you ladies too.

    I should post a picture of myself...Hmmm...I'll try before I leave work today.

    I'll be the short black girl with glasses ..l;,
    well, you do have some other, um, identifiable attributes!

    She's a knockout, ladies, and a very sweet woman. I hope you get the opportunity to see her dance!
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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quick, Kina, hop in Chantal's suitcase! I wanna meet you, too!


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    kina is awesome! I got to meet her when i was in boston last august.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by kina View Post
    well, you do have some other, um, identifiable attributes!

    She's a knockout, ladies, and a very sweet woman. I hope you get the opportunity to see her dance!
    LOLOL!!! ..l;, ..l;, ..l;,



    Thanks, Kina! I should have hid you in my suitcase and brought you to the workshop :)


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    It was great meeting all you ladies at the show and the workshop!!!! I had a great time!!!

    Kina, it was hard coming back It was so much fun :)

    Makeda, Latifa, Zana, Samira and latriamou (ah ha, you did shemadan - sorry light bulb going off) - It was great meeting all you ladies last weekend ..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    same here ! come back soon!


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Hey, sweetheart. Thanks for coming down and hanging out with us! I'm glad you made it home safely and am sure your honey was thrilled to have you back. Please come see us again soon!

    xo
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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    It was so great meeting you, too, Chantal! Can't wait to see you again!

    BTW - Latriamou is Amartia. She performed in a black and white Raqia Hassan costume. The shamadan performer was another dancer.

    Makeda


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Oh! The shemadan dancer is my friend Stephanie -- Mayyadah Sabri. A different flavor of sassy! They were both great. ..g.:


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    It was a pleasure to meet you!!! :)
    The workshop was fantastic, wasn't it?


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by ruta21030 View Post
    same here ! come back soon!
    It was good to meet you too! Did you end up buying another costume? ..g.:

    Quote Originally Posted by Toya View Post
    It was so great meeting you, too, Chantal! Can't wait to see you again!
    It was great to meet you too, Makeda!

    Quote Originally Posted by Toya View Post
    BTW - Latriamou is Amartia. She performed in a black and white Raqia Hassan costume. The shamadan performer was another dancer.

    Makeda
    My bad! Sorry, Latriamou I enjoyed all of the performances. So inspiring. Thank you for the clarification, Makeda. I had belly dance overload w/ meeting all of you and two days of Raqia. Not that I'm complaining in the least ..l;,

    Quote Originally Posted by SamiraShuruk View Post
    It was a pleasure to meet you!!! :)
    The workshop was fantastic, wasn't it?
    It was lovely to meet you, too :) The workshop was fantastic. I could just stand back and watch Raqia dance all day long!
    Last edited by akashablue; 05-22-2008 at 02:02 PM.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by Zana View Post
    Hey, sweetheart. Thanks for coming down and hanging out with us! I'm glad you made it home safely and am sure your honey was thrilled to have you back. Please come see us again soon!

    xo
    Suzana
    It was had to leave. But I will defenitely come back. Not sure if I could make it to RaksAmerica this time but we shal see

    Quote Originally Posted by Zana View Post
    Oh! The shemadan dancer is my friend Stephanie -- Mayyadah Sabri. A different flavor of sassy! They were both great. ..g.:
    Thanks for straightening that out for me. She was the red head who bought the costume that matched her tatoo if I'm not mistaken (this time ..l;, ). Friday was a great night for dancing ..g.:
    Last edited by akashablue; 05-22-2008 at 01:56 PM.


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    That's the one! The beautiful tall dancer with the elaborate tattoo. She found the perfect costume. Two of them, actually -- a gold dress with multicolored beading and a two-piece in a gold-toned green (if that makes any sense) with dark green and rust beading. Gorgeous with her ink and her hair.

    Anna and Saphira aren't on Bhuz but wanted me to make sure and say "hi" to you again and thank you again for your company and help with the vending situation.

    I see I have a PM from you but haven't been able to open it yet. (The system plays this trick on me sometimes.) Thanks for writing -- please don't think I'm ignoring your note!

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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    Quote Originally Posted by Zana View Post
    That's the one! The beautiful tall dancer with the elaborate tattoo. She found the perfect costume. Two of them, actually -- a gold dress with multicolored beading and a two-piece in a gold-toned green (if that makes any sense) with dark green and rust beading. Gorgeous with her ink and her hair.

    Anna and Saphira aren't on Bhuz but wanted me to make sure and say "hi" to you again and thank you again for your company and help with the vending situation.

    I see I have a PM from you but haven't been able to open it yet. (The system plays this trick on me sometimes.) Thanks for writing -- please don't think I'm ignoring your note!

    <smooch>
    Tell them both I said 'Hi'. Such good people. I'm was happy to meet them both and glad I was able to help out!

    I wasn't sure if the PM was better than the 'Send an Email' option If you can't open, let me know and I'll send you an email!


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    Re: Traveling for Raqia from Boston to the DC/MD/VA area

    it's quite alright! i know it's hard to keep handles and dance names straight.
    it was so nice to meet all of you!


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