What an amazing time I had in Rome. The people were so welcoming and gracious. The event we had at Antica Biblioteca Valle was large enough to get to meet with fans but it still had a "home" feeling to it. I think that was because of how kind everyone was. We started off with showing people the portrait and then a few people spoke to the crowd. With the help of an interpreter, I was able to speak about the meaning behind the portrait and why it is important for us to continually build our Tribute and participate in our Tribute community. I was then able to place dots for people as they watched up close.
After some delicious food we were treated to fantastic dance performances by both professional and non-professional MJ fans. The performers gave everything they had and the audience enjoyed every bit of it. It truly was a night I will never forget. I feel like I now have family in Italy.
As a side note, I did have a funny experience at the hotel in Rome. At one point it was a little cold, so I thought it would be a good idea if I used the room hairdryer as my personal heater. I would like to apologize to all the guests on the entire 5th floor who suffered a blackout because of it. They never new the source of the blackout and I pretended to be shocked with everyone else. Let that be a lesson to all of us: a hairdryer does not make a good heater.
[Updated January 13, 2011: Please click here to watch a video of the event, shared with us by our partners, No L.O.V.E. No Party. Thank you to No L.O.V.E. No Party and MJ Italian Foundation for making the Rome event possible.]
While this was a stop more for media I definitely appreciate the fans who came to the hotel. It was great to meet the Austrian fans and show them the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. I know that several of you Austrian fans told me that you had to drive hours to attend the event in Vienna, and I appreciate you making the journey and getting to talk to all of you about your different experiences, how Michael Jackson affected your life.
Dot member Hanna.
I would like to apologize to the reporter whose camera Michelle dropped and broke (by the way the camera was miraculously healed by a subsequent dropping two weeks later). I would also like to apologize to all the people who happened to be in the hotel lobby at the time Michelle’s underwear flew out of her luggage and across the lobby floor.
Amsterdam – Part 1
While this was just a stop-over and a place to stay for the night, thank you to the fans who met us at the airport. Thanks also for the gifts and the ride to the hotel.
I would like to apologize to the fans for landing an hour late, though this was not my fault.
Justine and Yvonne are two Dutch fans who always welcomed Michael at the airport when he arrived
in Amsterdam. They met and welcomed me and drove me from the airport to my hotel.
Off to Germany we go!
To read the rest of the tour highlights, please click one of the below links.
Part 2: Germany
Part 3: Belgium
Part 4: Amsterdam & Israel
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