MY FIRST IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TRIP

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“Along with other young dancers, I went to Switzer­land at age 16 for the an­nual Prix de Laus­sane com­pe­ti­tion. It was our first big trip so we re­ally thought we’d ar­rived in Won­der­land. The Asian and Euro­pean kids were ob­vi­ously used to trav­el­ling around so noth­ing fazed them. We were these skinny kids who’d spent their De­cem­ber hol­i­days re­hears­ing for this com­pe­ti­tion. All hell broke loose when we dis­cov­ered a McDon­ald’s around the cor­ner from our ho­tel. We’d see the other com­peti­tor groups mak­ing their way to the ho­tel’s restau­rant to eat some­thing light and healthy, but we weren’t both­ered at all. We, in­stead, would tell our bal­let mas­ter that we were not hun­gry and that we’d rather prac­tice in our rooms. Mean­while, we were stuff­ing our faces with McDon­ald’s burg­ers. I think our elim­i­na­tion from the top 50 came as a huge re­lief be­cause we im­me­di­ately went: ‘Thanks, let’s go to McDon­ald’s!’ Back in our rooms — in be­tween sobs — we took big bites of our burg­ers and washed them down with milk­shakes. Ye­ses, re e nye­sitse McDon­ald’s [chuck­les]!”

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