Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Success!

Success!, originally uploaded by Soasa Designs.

I haven't mentioned this here, but I've been on a mission to find a hula hoop here in Argentina. It's a great way to exercise, and I really miss my hoop back home! It's not a very common item here in AR, so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find the materials or a pre-fab hoop to buy. Wouldn't you know that one block from my house there's a hardware store with everything I needed for about $5 US?!

The kindly man in the hardware store really didn't understand what was going on, but he was very nice and helpful and interested in learning what I was doing. Broken Spanish be damned, we're makin' friends! Thanks for all your help Fernando!

You can tell how anxious I was to finish based on my CRAP tape job:) I was rushing so fast! It's a bit different from what I'm used to, more flexible and lighter. I had some difficulty with it but I figure it's been about 6 months since I hooped, I was hooping on the sidewalk outside my building, and my shirt has lycra and rayon in it...slippery! I think this one will work out nicely once I get the environment right. Need music, for sure!

My first Argentine hoop! They don't seem to have much of a hoop culture here...I hope I find some folks!

You can find a couple more shots here on my Flickr page.

10 comments:

BetteJo said...

Ooooh! You might be starting a whole new fad over there! You radical American, you! Thank goodness you are showing your Argentinian friends the "pretty" American as opposed to our usual reputation abroad.

Robin Marie said...

Haha, thanks. I try not to be too much of a jerk-face.

Jessica K. said...

Huzzah! Congrats on finding all the makings just around the corner. As far as a hooping culture goes... looks like you're ready to establish one!

louise said...

hi
I'm coming to BA for a tango holiday in June, I've been looking for a hooping contact would love to meet up to hoop. I'm travelling with a hoop!
Best wishes
Louise (London)

Robin Marie said...

Hi Louise! I'd be happy to meet up with you if I'm free! Just get in touch with me when you get here:)

Marielise said...

Congratulations on your first argentine hoop!
I wanted to start hooping and then I found your post in hooping.org.
I am living in Buenos Aires right now so I'll be visiting a hardware store really soon!!!
If I manage to learn maybe we could meet for some hooping...
All the best

Robin Marie said...

Hi Marielise! I'm only going to be here until next Tuesday, and then for about a week at the end of July, but if you'd like you can actually have my first hoop. I would suggest you cut it down just a little bit, but that depends how tall you are!

Your profile is private so I can't contact you, but get in touch and we can chat!

Marielise said...

Thanks so much for the offer!!!
So you are leaving Buenos Aires?
This is my e-mail : info@marielisegoulene.com
Saludos!

Anonymous said...

just saw your post! was looking to meet up with some other hoopers. I am in BA till Jan and have too many hoops with me. If you are still around would love to meet up.
melissa
melissaclair@gmail.com

MAGDA said...

heeyy im from Argentina, Ive been living in California for 4 years, i started hooping and i came back here and you are right! I CANT FIND ANY HULA HOOP!!! so what materials did you get???! If its in spanish better haha, thanks!!!!!!!!

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