Friday, February 1, 2013

Summary of January - ALL the activities

This trip was amazing, the most life changing trip I’ve been on. I can’t believe how much we got through in only three weeks. It started in Salzburg with Mozart’s Birthplace, chamber dinner in St. Peter’s Abbey and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. I fell in love with the beauty of this place and have every intention of going back to this place that felt very much like home. Then in Vienna we had the Vienna Philharmonic concert, Coronation Mass with the Vienna Boys choir, Schonbrunn Palace, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Lippizaner horses training, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the graveyard, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and the Symanowski Quartet. Vienna was amazing, there was always something to do. Exhaustion doesn’t even seem to be a fitting enough word for how I felt after a day in Vienna. Then we made our way to Bratislava where we learned about Haydn and his head issues, the Eszterhazy Palace, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and Krutnava. This is also the lovely town where fish ate our feet and ice skating was more of a death sentence then a leisure activity.  Finally, Prague. Here there was the piano, organ and harpsichord concert, Madame Butterfly, the Jewish Quarter, the dinner cruise on the Vltava River and the Czech folklore show and dinner. Prague was interesting, so many sights and so much beauty and history. We saw many, many, many performances in only three weeks. I’m sitting here trying to figure out how we even managed to see and experience so much in such an amount of time.

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