How blessed that the ISTA magic spreads to one and all regardless of age
ISTA has been part of my life for 25 years in so many different ways. I had my second ever kiss at the ISTA summer programme in York (with an Irish guy called D’arcy, not one of the other students although he did constitute 50% of the audience for our final performance). Thanks to ISTA I have gotten to travel to places I would never have travelled to otherwise and met people that would never have crossed my path otherwise. My first ever festival in Asia was in Kuala Lumpur in 2004. Darren Scully was the AD and a new ISTA artist was also at that festival: a beautiful and enthusiastic young Desta Haile. I remember Desta and me sitting in my hotel room where I shared the games and activities I had collected from previous festivals and just felt such a genuine warmth and loveliness emanate from her.
When Vic and I got engaged in 2008 it was after an ISTA festival in Dar es Salaam. He had hidden the engagement ring in a dirty sock and proposed in a hotel near Ngorongoro. It was off season, we were the only guests at the hotel and we were warned that there might be lions prowling around the hotel at dawn. When we came back to our flat in Vienna one of our first guests was Desta. We drank a lot of wine, ate pasta and laughed a lot.
Two years later we found out that I was pregnant with twins.