Summer Tour 2009

Summer Tour 2009

Summer Tour 2009

Each year Pola and I attend the European Juggling Convention. We like to combine it with a 3 week holiday in the same area/country. Then we perform at a few street show festivals. Having a camper van makes this trip a highlight of our year, and a real break from the normal plane and cruise ship traveling I do for work. That said, I’ll be doing one cruise gig in the middle of the holiday as we didn’t get as much street show work as we’d have liked.

The above map shows a rough route, but I’ll be updating the map in real time on the trip app as we go along. The current plan involves:

  • Visit Pola’s friends and parents in Aachen, Germany.
  • Visit Brussels.
  • Visit Paris (including a bike riding rally game).
  • Visit the Dune de Pylat, the largest sand dune in Europe.
  • Surfing in Biarritz.
  • A vague two weeks that are empty of any plans, but will be spent in the North of Spain.
  • The European Juggling Convention in Vittoria.
  • See the Pamplona Running of the Bulls. The San Fermin Festival happens at the same time as the EJC, and only 100km away. And before you ask; no, I won’t be running in front of the bulls myself. I’ll watch from a distance.
  • Visit friends in Lisbon for four or five days.
  • Visit Madrid
  • Visit Andorra. This will complete my set of visited European Microstates.
  • Visit Zurich. Pola will meet friends and family in the area. I’ll fly off to do a cruise ship gig (details later).
  • Perform at the Feldkirch street show festival.
  • And back to Berlin for the second weekend in August!

    If our trip to Greece two years ago is anything to go by, this summer is going to be awesome! Updates on this blog and via twitter.

  • Room 105 – Magnets (patterns only)

    I’ve not posted a non-performance juggling video for a while, so I decided to release a video I made a month ago:

    Here’s me workshopping some pattern ideas for a future juggling show. The full show will last for an hour and take place entirely in this small room.

    The magnetic juggling machine is a very old idea, but I only got round to making it last year, and working on it this spring.

    On April 17th, 2009 I filmed ten minutes of juggling and edited it on the train to Hannover Juggling Convention.

    Luke singing @ WerkStadt Berlin – “Out Of My Mind”

    Last night I did my first ever solo guitar gig, a very casual affair at Pola’s latest exhibition opening at WerkStadt Berlin. It was the first time I’ve performed a solo set of my own music, and the first time I’ve done an entirely musical performance for over ten years.

    I did two sets of fours songs. I thought I videoed both, but it seems only the second remained on my camera by the end of the night.

    This is the first song of the second set, called Out Of My Mind, written in 2003.

    I made sure the performance was low key, telling people to continue chatting while I play. Judging by audience reaction and comments afterward, the sets were quite successful. I hope to do more musical performances in Berlin in the future.

    Photos from my last three (two) trips.

    I didn’t take many photos on my trip to the Mediterranean, and none on my trip across the Atlantic (I didn’t even take my DSLR camera). I did take a few on my Baltic trip though, so I decided to combine all the most recent into one album/blog post.

    Check out the whole album over at to see more photos like these:

    Sunsets in Turkey…

    Churches in Baltic cities…

    Fighting Bears!

    Funny? Or just stupid? You decide!

    Yesterday, as I waited for a song before starting some writing, I became obsessed with my own reflection distorted on the back of the iPod. I thought it was highly amusing, and decided to capture it on video.

    I thought the video was hilarious, but maybe only because I made it. I decided to show it to Pola first, before uploading it. She liked it, so I posted it to YouTube.

    So far I’ve had good responses, and when I showed it to friends at a dinner party tonight they all enjoyed it too.

    What do you think?