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...and waiting an extra hour at Peterborough, because that seems to be my lot in life, I have arrived, none the worse for wear, in Oakham where I am enjoying the free WiFi at the Old Wisteria hotel, and wondering where everyone went for dinner.

Tomorrow, it begins. But not until after breakfast. A meal that I sorely missed, today. Dear British Airways: you did reasonably well for a gluten-free dinner, but a few orange and grapefruit sections with...orange juice...for brekkie? You couldn't throw a hard boiled egg in there? I'm disappointed. And hungry.

At any rate, I got a lot of good music studying in on the flight, and am fairly confident that I won't embarass myself when things commence. Heh.
freewaydiva: (Pook!)
There are more pharmacies than people.

Those pharmacies sell a full array of Adult Beverages(!).

Man, do these people honk their horns a lot!

I really enjoyed giving full play to my inveterate need to j-walk.

There are nearly as many Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts as there are pharmacies. And some of them are open 24-hours.

Millennium park is kind of neat, even in winter.

They still haven't completely put away Christmas, and St. Pat's is next week. I find that kind of hilarious.

I really enjoyed getting my architecture geek on.

There is not enough money in the world to get me to put on a crazy show choir dress. Or sing in a show choir, for that matter.

I can pick out a choir geek on the street from half a block.

The water tastes terrible. So terrible that I broke my own moral code and bought bottled water. Twice.

It's a nice place but not, as it turns out, my kind of town.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
This was the Day of Singing. Our first performance was at 11am (or, 9am in our time zone). It went well, which was both surprising and not - surprising because it was early and we were all tired, and not because we can now sing this piece in our sleep. (In fact, I think my roomie actually did that.)

After a bit of down time, we had the sound check for our first evening performance at the Orchestra Hall. Very fancy! It felt a bit weird to be on a big stage, like that, after singing mostly in churches, but the acoustics were great. There was time to leisurely change back into our concert dress and get back to the venue where we completely nailed all 20 minutes of the Strauss. It was fantastic, and several people lept to their feet to applaud when we ended. Very gratifying!

From there, we hiked several blocks to our third performance of the day. Chicago Temple, United Methodist Church. The outside looked like an office building. The inside was exquisitely carved wood, stained glass, and gothtastic painted embellishments. Also, it had superb sound. We had a respectable audience, and delivered a great performance of all four movements of the Schnittke Concerto for choir a capella. Before we got started, a woman came up to Eric, the director, and thanked him for bringing the "meatiest and most important music of the entire conference." As it turns out, she did her doctoral thesis on the piece we were about to sing. :) It's nice to perform for an educated audience.

After THAT, we headed back over to the main hotel where we were being hosted at a party by the guy running the convention. (In the fancy suite that Conrad Hilton (THE Hilton) built as his personal apartment at the top of the fancy hotel. Very posh!) It seems that this gentleman held the same opinion as the nice lady, and wanted to thank us by giving us snackies and cocktails. He also wanted us to sing the Strauss for him. So we did. It sounds WAY crazier after a little wine, but it was a Choir Nerd moment of the highest magnitude. After that, things devolved into show tunes and pool, so I bailed.

Today, we've had nothing but time until the bus arrives to take us to the airport. I was originally going to head to the Art Institute, but the notion of standing on marble floors was, in the end, largely unappealing. So after having a nice coffee in the glorious sunshine, I cruised the exhibitions at the convention, and am now happily sitting down - not walking - at the Chicago Public Library, exploiting their free Wi-Fi. I even managed to catch a bit of a free lunchtime concert of Irish music. :)

So, a lovely trip, all in all.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
We were delayed out of Seattle, and the turbulence was...turbulent. But I, and my knitting, prevailed. Thankfully, the flight was light and I had an emergencyexit row. :)

Today is a low-responsibility sort of day - after breakfast I just got my bearings and then f*&ked off to take pictures. It's very grey, here, so the photos aren't very vibrant. I'll try to post them tonight, if I can get my camera to talk to TCCITW.

We're off to lunch, shortly, and then a rehearsal for tomorrow's singing. Oh! And I've already run into a friend from TSSS.

My favorite game is "guess the Choir Geek" on the street. So far, I'm batting 1000.

We're distinct, like that.

Further bulletins as events warrant!
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
It's a pretty impressive piece of music. I'm really proud of what we did, here:

Movement I

Movement II

Movement III

Movement IV

I hope they post the Strauss, too, but I think it's too long to do in one chunk. :(

Thanks, Esoterics, for letting me be a part of this!


(Ed. Note: This post is public. Feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might appreciate this!)
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
(Note: This post is open, so feel free to share with others who might be interested.)

The Esoterics opens its eighteenth season by reprising CHIAROSCURA, a concert celebrating light and darkness, good and evil, truth and falsehood, the known and the mysterious – opposite and yet interdependent forces in our lives. The repertoire of CHIAROSCURA features two motets by the South African composer John Joubert (Sleep canticle and Let there be light), the masterful Concerto for Choir a cappella by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, and Deutsche Motette, a monument to choral virtuosity by Richard Strauss. This concert series precedes the ensemble’s recording sessions of this same repertoire, as well as its upcoming invitation to perform at this year’s National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago.

Please join The Esoterics for one of three performances of this unforgettable program prior to the ensemble's appearance at the ACDA National Convention.

The Esoterics' CHIAROSCURA REPRISED performance dates and locations are as follows:


Friday • 18 February • 8 pm • Seattle
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church • 8900 35th Avenue NE

Saturday • 19 February 8 pm • Tacoma
Christ Episcopal Church • 310 N K Street

Sunday • 20 February • 8 pm • West Seattle
Holy Rosary Catholic Church • 4139 42nd Avenue SW


Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance online, $15 for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled. Discounts are available for groups of five or more at $12 per person. Active singers of any choral group may attend for only $10. Advance tickets are available online at www.TheEsoterics.org (through PayPal.com).
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's trainwreck brought to you by the letters Heth, Teth and Jod and the number 5.

QOTD:
PP: "You have to put more energy into it, or I might kill myself."

PP: "Well anyway...that's what he's got there, so you've got to sing it."

Liz (about Gombert's Magnificat): "Well that's...uvular."


And on the Seventh Day...we had two rehearsals, two talks, two meals, walked up to the Cathderal twice, blew the doors off of the concert, had a lovely compline and then ended the evening with The Hustle at the post-Gala party (with special guest, Malcolm).

On the Eighth day we rested.

It was both surprising and not that our last rehearsal was a comedy of errors (they'd double-booked the Cathedral, so a wedding rehearsal of the "Cast of Thousands, including a wailing baby" variety was going on at the same time we were ruining Lassus' Lamentations), yet we managed to pull up our socks/put on our big girl panties and give, really, a very good concert. This year's music was very challenging, both in it's virtuosity and it's vocal range (2+ octaves, for me), and there were several moments (several times a day) where I wasn't at all sure that we'd pull it off. But we did, for the most part and, judging by the looks on their faces at the end, Peter and David (as well as Jan and Deb) were pleased with the results.

It's rather hard to believe that the week is over. It's so intense, and we pack so much into it, that Friday arrives somewhat abruptly, with no small sense of sadness, and I wake up on Saturday feeling a little empty. It never ceases to amaze me what the Tutors know, and how generous they are with that knowledge. Peter is encyclopedic when it comes to this music, and it's always a joy to put a quarter in him and just listen to him talk about it. And it's the same with Deb - it never gets old. Jan and David are such great...shepherds, really...of our voices and our technique. I told David that I'm leaving a much better musician and a little smarter - not bad for a week's worth of work.

It was a good mix of participants, I think. The "kids" banded together, as is their wont, but they weren't exclusive or snotty, which was really nice. They were fun, bright and delightfully talented. :) It was lovely reconnecting with familiar faces, and getting to know a few new ones, too, with lots of little fun moments (Cathy's fake nose ring for the Sharing concert, discovering that Peter is dreadful at waltzing but quite good at stamping, loads of wonderful conversations with Michelle, Jan's "Desert Island Disks"...). The overall feel of the week was just...pleasant. No divas (that I knew of), no one treating it as a week-long audition, people being supportive and kind...

I couldn't possibly articulate everything that happened over the week (and, in some cases, I absolutely shouldn't), but once again I leave utterly exhausted and utterly inspired.

Mission accomplished. :)
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's trainwreck brought to you by the letters Heth, Teth and Jod, and the number 5.

QOTD

DW: "Basses, that's not the note that I gave you, or the right vowel. But other than that, it was lovely."

DW: "If it's out of tune, it won't sound nice. If it's in tune...it won't sound nice, but it will sound better."


I can now say that I have, in fact, added value to the Tallis Scholars Summer School experience. I taught Jan Coxwell how to do The Hustle, and we taught it to everyone this morning at warm-up. Hilarity ensued, as you can well imagine. The heart-breaking thing about it, though, is the number of people there this week who weren't even born when that came out. ::sigh::

The BIG THING! of the day, though, was the first public performance in FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS of two pieces that Deb's colleague found recently (like, in the last week, I think) languishing in a manuscript in Italy. That, in itself, is pretty epic. The fact that the music was GLORIOUS just made it that much better. Pretty heady stuff! I am ever so grateful that I have a little recording doobus for my iPod... :)

Tonight was also the Sharing concert. We've been working dilligently on pieces for yesterday's Mass and Friday's concert, but we've also taken time to put together small groups to work on whatever we wanted to sing, and then we perform it, informally, for the course. Lots of lovely stuff, there, too, including several pieces by Palestrina (my hero!) and a sublime 14th C. canon from Montserrat. Very fun!

Compline, tonight, was cantored by...me! And I did pretty well! It wasn't NEARLY as nerve-wracking as last year, when I was doing it for the first time, and it seemed to be very well received. (Deb paid me such high praise that I floated like a squealy fan-girl all the way home...where I got to clean up cat gak, so humility was sufficiently restored pretty much immediately. At least it was on the lino in the kitchen. Feh.) It's such a great part of the week, Compline. Hugh's reading tonight - more like a homily, really - was incredibly thoughtful. He doesn't seem to be much of a talker, but he is clearly paying very close attention and gave voice to how, I think, a great many of us feel about the program. I hope he makes it available to us.

No pub for me, tonight. I needed to round up some things for tomorrow's closing night party (is it already that time? ::sigh::), and pay a little attention to Barfy McGakkerson so she doesn't feel quite so neglected.

Also: the rumor has been verified. Next year at Oakham, Spem in Alium is on the docket. Wheee!!!
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's train wreck brought to you by the letters Omnes de Saba and the number 8.

QOTD

PP: "Well, just kill the person who was doing it rather than looking meaningfully at me, expecting me to do it."

PP: "Altos, you just can't make yourselves. Maybe that's what he wants."

We sang an actual Mass today - the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Josquin's Missa Ave Maris Stella plus Lassus' Alma Redemptoris Mater and Omnes de Saba, at St. James Cathedral, which meant that the morning was as it usually is, and the afternoon schedule was a bit messed up. Mass went very well, though, with the Shortest! Homily! Evar! We also had the joy of hearing David play some Howells in an organ recital beforehand, and the bonus of hearing Joseph play Peter's request of Liszt afterward. It's pretty cool how many parishoners will stay in their seats and listen until Joey's done playing. They're big on music, there, at the Cathedral.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, really. Barbeque for dinner, small group rehearsals, Dude's Night compline and a quick drink at the pub.

Oh! And I had a voice lesson with Jan in the afternoon, which was lovely. There isn't much time to cover a lot, but I managed to get something out of it. And I taught Jan how to do "The Hustle." Should be a fun warmup today.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's train wreck brought to you, once again, by the letters Aurora Lucis Rutilat and the number 10.

QOTD:

DW: "Where on Earth are you going next? Well...you're going back to hell."

Only two full-choir rehearsals, today, and then everyone was released into the wild to do anything but sing. It's a glorious day, and everyone hopefully will have a good time.

We *did* sight read through a couple of sections of Lassus' Lamentations. Gorgeous! And I'm getting a crash-course in singing music an octave lower than written. I'm not sure I could do it unsupervised, very well, but it's interesting.

I really love how Peter shares his excitement about some of of the pieces with us - drawing our attention to crunchy bits, funky rythmic areas and spots of suberb lushness. It's great working with people who really care about the music we're singing.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's Train Wreck brought to you by the letters Omnes de Saba and the number 8.

QOTD 1 (Re: St. Bernard's Waltz during warm-up):

PP: "The stamping is very gratifying!"

QOTD 2

DW: "Basses, you got to the top of that phrase, got very pleased with yourselves, then took a half an hour to come back down."


So, things continue apace.

Rehearsal, break, rehearsal, food, lather, rinse, repeat.

Today's Super Cool Lecture, though, was from Deb about Singing in the 16th Century, with bonus Radiohead and video of Your Larynx In Action (very cool!). Some very interesting stuff about speculating on performance practices, the make-up of choirs in 16th C. England and how voice parts weren't what they are today. I forgot to re-charge my iPod, so I had to rely on my friend, Ginger, to record it. Hopefully she was able to get the whole thing.

I also got to work with Deb in the afternoon on a really cool canon - O Virgo Splendens - from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (XIV c.). It's really pretty - all 9/8 triplets (but doesn't sound anything at all like a slip-jig). Later was more working with Deb on a Josquin Alma Redemptoris Mater that we ended up singing at Compline tonight. Lovely stuff!

Stuck in there were two small group rehearsals (Vox in Rama, which I think sounds like a Thai noodle dish, and Ne Irascaris, which I've sung before) and a near-meltdown from an almost-migrane. Thanks to a little lie-down and Better Living Through Chemistry, the crisis was averted.

It was Ladies Night at compline, which was really lovely and soothing. It was dedicated to a woman, Robin, who had done the course for the last several years but passed away over the winter. It was a lovely, and fitting tribute.

(I'd like to take a brief moment to mention how lovely many people on this course are - not only are they talented and intelligent, they're very thoughtful, caring and generous. It's really wonderful to spend this kind of time with people who are like that. Seriously.)

Came straight home after Compline, and tomorrow is a half-day of rehearsing in the morning, followed by the afternoon and evening off to go explore the city (and by that, I mean "do laundry and some shopping, work on a bit of music, and probably take a nap"). The weather has been glorious, so those who are off to see the sights should have a great day for it.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Today's train wreck brought to you by the letters "Aurora Lucis Rutilat" and the number 10.

Also, QOTD:

DW - "Let's think about that sound before we make noise, hm?"

We're doing a lot of double-choir music this year. Which is lovely when we get it together, but most decidedly NOT when we're sight-reading. Like, OMG.

This was the first full day of stuff and things, and it was quite full of stuff and things. They've added more breaks and lectures to the schedule, over time, so we're not over singing, which is nice. It is also interesting. Peter talked to us about the composers and some of the music we're singing this year - fascinating stuff. Did YOU know that Flemish composers had a lock on the "music scene" for a zillion years in the late Middle Ages into the Renaissance? Me neither! Also: Flemish is neither French nor German. Discuss...

There aren't a lot of small groups forming, this year which seems...odd, somehow. Maybe today there will be more action in that area. I've considered trying to put one together, but I have absolutely NO desire to direct or otherwise be in charge. We'll see how it goes, I guess, but signs are currently pointing to a very short Sharing concert on Thursday.

Speaking of concerts, last night's concert with the Tudor Choir/Tallis Scholars was, as expected, lovely. Jan was talking about how one never needs to oversing in that space. (I wish someone would mention that to...other groups who sing there regularly. >.<) The selections for last night were, of course, from Flemish composers - a couple of pieces that we're singing this week, as well as several others. The extremes of Soprano and Bass were really well-highlighted, and I enjoyed it tremendously.

I also enjoyed the pub. However, it made for a very late night, and I am now rather tired. Coffee and a breakfast sandwich will have to be enough fuel to get me through the morning - there may be time for a wee nap this afternoon. I hope.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
After getting there, checking in and helping Rebecca get some things set up, we started with the usual drill of Meet and Greet, followed by a brief warm-up, followed by the Singing Safari.

"What's that?" you ask?

Being randomly set into a group and sight-reading a really hard piece of music for a half-hour, then switching up groups to do it again three more times. This year's selections were:

Ave Virgo Gloriosa - Richard Dering (c. 1580-1630)
Dont vient cela - Thomas Crequillon (1505-1557)
Adesto dolori meo - Giaches de Wert (1555-1596)
Alma Redemptoris - Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)

We were treated to a tasty dinner, and then went straight into our first large-group rehearsal. We revisited the Lassus Alma Redemptoris with a little more attention, as well as plowed through the Kyrie of Josquin's Missa Ave Maris Stella and some of Maginificat Tertii et Octavi Toni, which has the potential to be a hot mess. There's always one piece like that, though, and we always manage to pull it out in time for the concert.

Then it was compline and now we're done for the day.

There are quite a few people I know from the last time I did this in Seattle, and about six of us from Sine Nomine, and another woman I sing with periodically. It's lovely to see the Scholars, again, too. It's a VERY different feel, though, as compared to Oakham - I really miss the English Village atmosphere. (And the concurrent Filipino conference with Grand Ball in the room next to our rehearsal space would have been much more tolerable if they'd brought me over a giant tray of lumpia.) There really isn't anyone in my age bracket, this year, which is kinda *meh*, and it will be interesting to see how the cliques all sort out over the next few days. Because there are always little groups that form - it's what people do. Oddly, Texas is very well represented, as is British Columbia. It seems to be a decent group, though. I suspect that it will be fun.

Tomorrow we really get into the regular schedule and start forming up small groups for the Sharing concert on Thursday. Also: Concert of the Tudor Choir with the Tallis Scholars at St. James. If you're in the Seattle area and are looking for something to do, you should come. :)

Now, my very demanding, facist kitty is informing me that it's bedtime.
freewaydiva: (Baking)
I'm at it, once again. This time, savory pie, using my Cool! New! Toy!



So, without further ado... )
freewaydiva: (Baking)
So, this all actually started because Williams & Sonoma have a cute, wee hand-pie mold that I want to get, and I knew that I'd be getting cherries from my CSA, today.

Necessity is the mother of invention, I guess.

At any rate, portable food is awesome, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

I started here:
From A Boke of Gode Cookery

To make a tarte of cheries )

Which led me to this:

To make a tart of damsons )

And here's what I did/am doing:

Redaction-daction, what's your action? )

The goo is cooling. I'll bust out some pastry in a bit and bake up a test run, then post my findings.

Right, then. Moving on )

And the verdict is in! )

I would do this again. And I'd like to try it with plums. That would be tasty, methinks.
Mmmm...pie...

ETA again: I think I'll track down some wine that is closer to period Claret - a little research this morning turned up some interesting options, and I'm pretty sure it would make a HUGE difference in flavor.
freewaydiva: (Palestrina Manuscript)
Join The Esoterics for CHIAROSCURA:
Meditating on the cusp of light and darkness

The Esoterics' 16th season has stood out as one of the group's most profound to date, exploring the extremes of human expression: love, grief, wonder, and secrets. The season ends with the most spiritual program of the year, offering an alternative to typical Christmas fare, featuring rousing works of master composers Strauss, Schnittke, and Joubert.

In painting, CHIAROSCURA refers to the contrast between light and darkness, and how shadows intensify luminosity. Each of these pieces sets verses from a prayer, litany, or meditation (by the likes of Friedrich Rückert and St. Augustine), and reflects how various forms of light and dark -- good and evil, known and unknown, truth and falsehood -- are at once highly contrasting and inextricably interdependent.

The resulting concert, both moving and dramatic, will bring an appropriately poignant conclusion to The Esoterics' sixteenth season.

Please join The Esoterics for this incomparable choral extravaganza.

The Esoterics' CHIAROSCURA performance dates and locations are as follows:


Saturday 5 Dec 7:00 PM • Lynnwood
Trinity Lutheran Church • 6215 196th St. SW

Sunday 6 Dec 3:00 PM • Tacoma
Christ Episcopal Church • 310 N K St.

Saturday 12 Dec 8:00 PM • Seattle
St Joseph's Catholic Church • 732 18th Ave E

Sunday 13 Dec 3:00 PM • West Seattle
Holy Rosary Catholic Church • 4139 42nd Ave SW


Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance, $15 for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled. Discounts are available for groups of five or more at $12 per person. Active singers of any choral group may attend for only $10. Advance tickets are available online at www.TheEsoterics.org (through PayPal.com), or reserved by phone at 206.935.7779.
freewaydiva: (Conniving Frog)
Anyone know anything about UC Santa Cruz?
freewaydiva: (Wakko)
Ok...so...where did I leave off?

Oh, right. So, we're in the middle of this giant workshop in a building right off the public park, last night. 60 people, all singing their brains out to Tallis' "Loquebantur." Good times. Somewhere along the line, though, some local hoodlums decided to, as they put it, "come in and be idiots." Seems they'd had a couple of drinks (I know, right?!) and thought it was a boys' choir, or something, so they sauntered on over with michief on their minds, and...were completely blown away by our singing. They just stood there, listening, for quite a while. We were, they said, "Fookin' Amazin'!"

Heh.

Score one for Rennaissance polyphony.

Today was pretty standard for our schedule. Warm up, full rehearsal, break, more rehearsal, lecture (Patrick Craig: "Tallis, Byrd and Me," complete with video footage from The Tudors), lunch, Tutor groups, break, Evensong, break, supper, and then small group rehearsal, which is what's happening now.

Tonight, though, is my Big! Debut! I'll be intoning the bits for compline, all by my lonesome. It's not too hard, and I've heard it a million times. Should be fun. Then a trip to Our Very Own Bar! and then bed. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Quotes of the day:

"You're sounding all laid-back and Compline - I need you to sound more Matins!"

Peter: "Is there something I can stand on so they can see me in the back?"
William (cue Scottish accent): "Can't he just use some first Sopranos? We've loads of those"
freewaydiva: (Wakko)
Our days start off with Jan leading us in some really intriguing warm-ups. Some things you'd expect: vocalizations, stretches, etc. Some things you wouldn't: dancing a basic reel and The Gay Gordons to her singing, since the CD player didn't work. I only took an elbow to the face once! Much better than last year. ;)

The next up was a full rehearsal in the chapel. Tallis' "If Ye Love Me" and the Byrd Second Service. Not bad for a pack of sight-readers. A bit of a break, then more full rehearsal, this time the Gibbons Second Service. Lunch was actually quite delicious - I was uncertain after yesterday's dinner.

I've just come from the "Tutor Groups" rehearsal - each of the three tutors takes a smaller group of about 20 voices to work on a piece for Friday's concert. We're doing Philips "Acendit Deus," which I have a recording of, but haven't sung before. It's really lively, but after about the 5th read-through we started to get it.

And that leads me to now...we've got some free time, but I've signed on to do a small-group project and we rehearse in about 30 minutes. Then it's a bit of a break, more free time, dinner, a workshop with Patric (Tallis' "Loquebantur"), a short rehearsal and then Compline.

Coming up later this week: Turi Cantors Compline, and Our Day Out in Oxford!
freewaydiva: (Wakko)
Checked in, got my room, and ran into a few people from last year's Seattle session. It was nice to see some familiar faces, and quickly met a pile of new people as we were loitering outside, waiting for the first official thingy thing, located in our very own BAR! WOO!

After a nice glass of wine and the introductions, we went into what they call the "Singing Safari," which goes a little something like this:

The four tutors locate themselves someplace suitable. Each participant is given a packet with four pieces of music in it, and are given a schedule of four sessions. Everyone mixes up and moves from tutor to tutor every 20 minutes, sight-reading the pieces and working on them as best they can in what little time they have. Then it was dinner, followed by our first full rehearsal where we hit Gibbons "O Clap Your Hands" and Tallis' "Gaude Gloriosa." Then a bit of a break in Our Very Own Bar! followed by a short rehearsal, then Compline (which we'll do every night).

Most people went off to bed at this point, but I wandered over to Our Very Own Bar! to have a glass of wine, in the hopes that it would help me get to sleep. Jan and David were there, and I had a nice chance to get caught up with them. Then it was bedtime.

In a school dormitory.

With all of the comforts that comes with.

Which aren't many.


To be continued...

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