Next week, Chris and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. In total, it will have been exactly 17 happy years together as we married on the same day we met -plus four years, obviously. 🙂

During that time, we’ve been lucky enough to travel to more or less the four corners of the world. This has included basing ourselves semi-permanently in a number of beautiful countries along the way such as Cambodia (2 years), Colombia (1 year), Ghana (1 year) and Peru (1 year).

During this time we’ve done our best to balance work and play but eventually burning the candles from both ends begins to take its toll. As such we find ourselves consciously shifting gears after a decade on the road, spending less time living out of backpacks and struggling with altitude sickness in the mountains or on the tops of volcanoes, and more time enjoying time and wine with friends.

That said, as we each head towards the half-time break of a reasonable life expectancy, we still have plenty of energy and drive for what remain our two passions in life – international development and dancing.

The former has been our vocation for the last 10 years, taking in postings and deployments as far afield as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Nepal, Palestine, Somaliland, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and even briefly the White House.

The latter, dancing, has increasingly become something which keeps us both happy (and hopefully sane) after a long ten years trying to help others from the privileged positions we are lucky enough to find ourselves born into.

I began dancing salsa in Bolivia before getting well and truly hooked on bachata in Peru. When we moved to Colombia, Chris also gave salsa a try, which was almost certainly nothing to do with Colombian women!

I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t exactly a natural salsa dancer though and so he eventually transitioned to his new spiritual home, Argentine Tango. I’ve also spent more time recently trying to learn this difficult but mesmerising art-form and have too become a huge fan. So much so we have recently put two and two together and, with our amazing Tango teachers Sophia and Julio, founded a Dance for Development non-profit, Tango Sin Fronteras (Tango Without Borders).

Our aim is to use tango to create healthy, empowered, and inclusive communities around the world. We have begun posting updates about our new NGO on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, all linked from our work in-progress website, Tangosinfronteras.org.

So increasingly if you ever wonder what we’re up to, this will be the place to find out. In the meantime here’s a little clip of Chris and I dancing along the Thames on his 40th birthday a few months ago, to the appropriately titled song ‘Cuando Estemos Viejos’ (‘When we are old’). On which note, the old man would probably appreciate me pointing out that he was about two bottles of Prosecco in when he launched into this somewhat wobbly tango 😉

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A big hug to you all, and we hope to see you somewhere out there one day on the world’s big, beautiful dance-floor.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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