Initially My Tango Journey was borne out of the decision to make some drastic changes in my life, when I chose to take a break from my career as a Qualified Social Worker, which was my vocation since I qualified in 2005. So I decided to use my career break by combining my passion for travel and Tango and to utilize this unique opportunity which presented itself, to raise awareness about people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and to raise funds to assist those people affected.
For those of you have not heard of Parkinson’s disease , there are in excess of 10 people around the world who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which is a terrible neurological condition that sadly turns people’s lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty. In the UK alone, it is estimated that 127,000 people have Parkinson’s – that’s around 1 in 500 people. So most of us probably already know someone who is affected by Parkinson’s or their carer, such as a family member or friend who supports them.
So on 28 November 2015, this lowly burnt out Social Worker set off in his Tango mobile on the first leg of his journey ‘Tangoing to Argentina in 80 days’. The plan was to explore the incredible world of Tango at every given opportunity by dancing at Milongas (Tango social dances)through France, Spain, Switzerland and Morocco, with the intention of catching a cargo ship all the way to Buenos Aires in Argentina, thereby turning this adventure into a very long distance Tango-thon. My Tango Journey Blog is an account of some of the amazing places and people I came across on my travels, to share with friends and family. Although My Tango Journey Blog has never been intended to be used for commercial or personal economical gain, however, readers may see information about individuals and/or commercial organisations which I came across during my travels, who provide goods or services, as these may be beneficial for anyone undertaking their own journey to these destinations.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the blog and my stories. If you do, and would like to support this cause for people who are affected by Parkinson’s disease, you can make a donation simply by clicking on this link :JustGiving/Tangoing2Argentinain80days
If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and would like to learn more about how it affects people, or what support Parkinson’s UK can offer, please take a look at the Parkinson’s UK website: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/