I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten the chance to travel through music. I’ve been to China, Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic with orchestras. A week from today, I’ll be going on the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra’s first tour! We’re starting in Prague, then Vienna, then Bratislava, and finally Budapest. I can’t wait! I think we’re playing 3-4 concerts: Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony No. 3, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10.
Tours are such interesting experiences. They’re different from family trips because it’s usually 100+ people. The last tour I went on was with SFSYO in 2008, and I was 17. I remember meeting a lot of people on tour that I’d never talked to before! It’s kind of embarrassing that I don’t know more people, but being in rehearsal can be like sitting in a lecture hall - you only get to know people who sit near you. I know all the horn players, some of the wind and brass players, and only a few of the string players. It’ll be interesting to travel with everyone for 10 days. A lot of people are staying afterward, which makes sense because the airfare is hideously expensive. I would stay too, but I start anatomy lab and lecture the week we get back. Oh well! I have all of August off from school.
This week, I’m going for a little “staycation” in Moraga to hang out with Taylor, Colton, Chaning, Traci, and my parents. I can’t wait for all the delicious food that’s going to go down…mmm!
I’m so incredibly glad this semester is over. It’s been really hard, and sometimes I question whether I made the right decision. I don’t want to give up, though. I just wish that I had more interest in science. At least I know that the things I’m learning now don’t have much to do with nursing as a career - if I had to do chemistry every day, I’d probably pull all my hair out!
Anyway, welcome back to Kalyn’s travel blog…photos and other posts to come! Countdown starts now ;)