Aug. 22: Newton, MA I'd like to end my blog with some more... philosophical... posts. Or at least the answers to the questions that I think need answering. First up: Why did I go? Truthfully, there werea huge number of factors that made me decide to take a year off. But here's at least a … Continue reading Sunday in the Park With..
Aug. 2-10: Edinburgh, Great Britain: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 70 years ago, some local artists who weren't invited to the small, prestigious Eddinburgh International Festival decided, "Screw it. Let's perform anyway. We'll do our own thing, alongside the fancy festival. On the fringes, if you will." 70 years later, the Edinburgh Fringe is the largest … Continue reading The Scottish Play
I'm home Thursday night! There will be a few more entries- you need to hear all about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I have some thoughts about my sabbatical and travel and things I've learned that I want to wrap up with. But as we head to the Final Countdown (da na na-NAH, da na … Continue reading IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
July 28-Aug 2: Nice, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Ventimiglia, Italy Loyal blog follower Russell, big brother to my high school friend Tamara, invited me to visit him in his new digs in France. As it was a short hour from Barcelona, I decided to pop over for a few days. Meanwhile, loyal blog reader … Continue reading La Mer
July 18-28: Barcelona, Spain: The World Choral Symposium I knew the symposium was going to be amazing before it even started. The Choral Expo opened early, and it was totally overwhelming. There were music publishers from England, France, Norway, Germany, Sweden, and many more- every time I turned a corner I started to panic at … Continue reading Gaudi-amus Igitur
July 16-29: Prague, The Czech Republic and Barcelona, Spain (Part 1) From Vienna, I popped down to Prague – an easy, 4 hour train ride- to see my friend Jess’s parents. (Rick and Elaine are marvelous people in their own right, and have let me live in their house multiple times. Rick is also the … Continue reading Food, Wine, Aldonza!
July 10-16: Vienna, Austria My first thought on arriving at the Vienna airport was “These people are really tall.” My second was “This is practically America! Everyone speaks English!” My third thought, driving through the city, was “This place is insanely clean. And gorgeous.” I honestly can’t tell you how much of this was just … Continue reading Edelweiss
July 4-July 9: Bangkok, Thailand (it was 5 nights but whatever) Bangkok was the last place I added when creating my itinerary in the fall, for two main reasons. First, my mom and my neighbor Allyson both REALLY talked up Thailand. Second, One Night in Bangkok is a GREAT song (even though Chess is a … Continue reading One Night in Bangkok
Koh Samui, Thailand: June 20-July 4 In Seoul, worn out and surrounded by the bustle of the city, I made an impulse decision to spend a week at a Thai beach. A quick google revealed that my timing could not have been worse: June is Thailand's rainy season. BUT an island called Koh Samui got … Continue reading You Put the Lime in the Coconut
June 10-20: Seoul, South Korea, Part 2: Flawless When you get to Boston and get into the airport, you see ads for Cape Cod, and clam chowder, and maybe the Pru. When you get to Chicago it's the Bean and the Cubs and the Museum of Science and Industry. When you get to Korea it's- … Continue reading Gangnam Style