Location: Wien, Austria
See I told you I was vague. The whole point of my last entry was to say something profound, and my last entry from Europe ra ra ra. But I forgot.
All I really want to do, is commerate this occasion, as the last entry of this diary from Europe.
It has truly been an incredible adventure. Have learnt so much, been inspired to bursting point and been challenged alot too. I think my current vagueness is a sign of all that I've taken in. I just really can't take in any more. I really am full.
But thats grand. And even grander that at this time I am then coming home. Feeling really good about the flight, and smiling outrgaeously when I think of all of you at home, gum trees and my Beadie.
Send me thoughts when I'm flying please. I get home wednesday morning, so anytime in the 26 hrs (argh) before that is good :)
love and hugs and thanks for being with me in a reading this diary fashion on my journey xxxxxx
Location: Wien, Austria
OK, Know I have now become a mighty slack diary keeper.
No reason to state here apart from my incredible vagueness. I have never been so vague in my entire life. I am just full. I am coping and all good, but random and wandering and vague.
Shall catch up with this diary in a few days....when I am home!!!!
Ready to come home. In a very good place about it. Will be ready to come back here one day too. All good.
Saw Bryn tonight. God. Sat next to a singing teacher in Wien, who wants to teach me for free. the world looks out for me sometimes. Magic. So when we're back in wien parents, you'll be doing some sight seeing of your own ;) He's also been a stage director. Sweet.
Unbelievably tired. Eaten a feast of biccies mushrooms and fetta, and now time for bed.
Huge quantities of love to everyone xoxo
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
It is finally snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Was so looking forward to falling asleep, and when I wake up, for it to be snowing. What do you know, that happened to me twice yesterday!!! Well once yesterday after a sickness induced (tiredness induced sickness, *%/&$ Deutsche Bahn induced tiredness) nap, and then once this morning when I woke up after a normal sleep. Grand. Take every chliche of ridiculously cute german villages with snow and thats what it is. Madness.
So yes, made it back on Monday after a very annoying train trip...a 5 minute delay one one train makes the whole trip change and meant I got back 1 hr and half later than I should have. Wasn't in the mood, but was suprisingly calm despite DB deserving all my wrath.
Tuesday class again. We have a very very good teacher, although my head is starting to spin with the ludicrousness of german grammar. Was feeling all a bit sick and tired, so had a great soup cooking and fruit salad making evening with 2 lovely Yanks. We decided it needed a blender...which wasn't available, so we mashed the soup with a meat tenderiser and ladle. Was damn fine and resulted in one tasty soup.
Today, class again, more mad german, then walked to the big bank building here where Thomas works to meet Thomas for lunch. Was lovely and very interesting to see inside this big building (employs 1 in 10 ppl in schwäbisch hall...i think thats right).
Soon I am off on a Brewery tour with Goethe people. Hurruh.
Snow makes Winter much better. Or maybe, snow jsut makes winter. and before was some crazy, not real season.
Merriment all, despite the glories of snow, still looking forward to coming home and seeing you all xxx
Location: Bremen, Germany
Well, hello hello all.
I remember in the early days of this diary I was writing a veritable feast of words, and many a cynic pointed out that it would not continue. How annoying to have proved them right. But, it hasn't stopped all together...just, quite a bit.
So let me clear this up for you all then. This is not because I have fallen off the face of the planet, or that I love you all any less. The real answer is, well, hey, I just didn't feel like it :) hehe
I think the last entry I wrote was the 30th december, so, heres the mighty quick catch up...
31st December- Of course, a very important day---My birthday! I was treated to a mighty fine birthday, with Swedish and German happy birthday songs, and delicious birthday cake and fireworks, one of which fell over, went under the house and almost killed the rabbit, which has lived to tell the story, although possibly never to hear anything again.
Sweden- Stayed in Sweden till the 6th. Was lovely to meet and stay with one of the relative families. Highlights were a day trip to Norway, and of course talking to the mooses! They are the same as Elks they tell me, but Elk sounds so regal, I much prefer the word moose. Suits them. The boat trip in both directions was a big highlight. Loved it. Tragically however, no snow. The weather is mad!
Goethe. Back to the lovely Schwäbisch Hall with the Grafs, and my 2nd german course started. Some lovely people in my class, and the teaching there really is top quality.
There was also a bit of a monumental decision that happened in this week. I have had a grand time on this adventure, and I continue to, however now I have had enough. There are still many things I want to do here, but now is not the time. It is time to go home. Problem with this is of course the planned familiy visit of march. The phenomenal soloution, helped along by my phenomenal parents...simply pretend its not a problem, go home anyways, then come back. So the slighty mad but nevertheless right thing for me to do now....fly home of the 5th of february (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), then come back for a 4 week hol on the 15th march. So, I know its mad, but hey, its what I'm doing :) I feel really good to be going home. I jsut miss everything and everyone too much now, and the weather here is bloody awful. I never thought the day would come where I'd be hankering for the Aussie heat. So, there we go, shall be back in the country on the 7th of Feb!
The Dresden Weekend. Went for a packed weekend visit to Dresden. Funkiest damn hostel. Decorated in the room really girlaly (word?) but it made it feel just like a home. Awesome. Saw 3 shows at the Semper oper. Seraglio, Flute and a recital from Vesselina kasarova, that mezzo I ranted on ad nauseum about who was in the Salzburg clemenza. I stand by by belief that she is just simply unbelievable. Theres a thing here called mitfahrgelegenheit, which is basically organised hitch hiking, so at 4 am int he morning, I was, very tiredly, on my way back to schwäbisch hall. MIraculously I made it into the class room 2 mins before the teacher (8.13). Was proud of this effort.
Goethe 2. Second week a the goethe institute. Also grand. Good getting to know all the class people better, and of course sending my head mad with the ridiculous complicated world of german grammar. Moved into the student wohnheim to get a feel of schwäbish hall from another side. Still visiting the Grafs alot which is grand, and I am even accompanying Ines (me piano she violin) in a concert for her music school next friday!
This weekend. So, as I am now going home sooner than expected, there are some things that have to happen. One is of course the Bremen visit. So on saturday, I went, through heidelberg, and very fine little place, then onto Bremen. Hurruh. Will miss a day of goethe tommorrow, as I'll catch a train back tomoz arvo.
Rather annoyingly I am feeling pretty sick right now. Head cold, plus something that feels alot like asthma, despite nt having that after the age of 4. annoying. So, a bit tired and sick. But hey.
So back to Hall tommorrow, rest of the week there, then off to salzburg (mozarts bday!) munich, and then bryn tyrfel in wien! Hurruh. What a great beginning and end to my trip. at one end, gerald finley as don g in wien, at the other, bryn. Then on the 5th, although it will be for all you aussies early morning of the 6th, out I fly.
Can't wait to see all of you! Enjoy your next two weeks, and after that, I can tell you in person :)
Merriment, love rose xxx
Location: Bengtsfords (Spelling???), Sweden
Hello all and a very big sorry for the lateness of this post!!!! Havent had a computer for a while, and will here jsut give a quick update of whats been going on.
Sooo...I left bremen on the 21st. I was going down south to spend XMas with Janelle (friend of mums who is now in germany staying with german firends of hers) and her niece. A train ticket cost no more if i went through Berlin. This is typical madness of the Deutsche bahn....look on a map, this makes no sense. Anyways, on this special Katies Bday day, I went to see a magic flute in berlin. I wanted to see this as the stage design was based o9n a very famous production (Schinkel). So I went to berlin jsut to see it. It was sold out. Argh. So rose tried her hand at the new experice of deling with a scalper. Wow. Felt like an opera rebel. (hehe...wher are the mozart stockings...) Opera was bit disappointing, the grand scene didnt work, the pamina was activaly horrible, but the tamino was icnredible. Any singer who can actually make you give a damn about a role like tamino gets a hats off from me.
22nd to munich, met up with janelle and ashley. to the werners (lovely german fam) where I will now stay until the 27th.
Magic Bavarian xmas, complete with tiny tiny viallge visit to old old church to hear a story read in bayerisch. crazy accent of which no one who doesnt live live can understand. Xmas was however overshadowed by a fairly ferlocious bout of homesickness. Xmas jsut seemed a bit far from home and brough with the also a distinct lakc of snow. On track now though. Me that is,m not the snow, which even in sweden is staying resolutely away!
27th went to Nuremberg with janelle and ashley to visit the son of that family, Joshi. Had a grand old time, which included a damn heavy but good nazi museum, and of course the the nazi rally grounds them selves. you know when you see picture of hitler adresses thousands....that place. Huge.
28th spent most day in NUeremberg, and moments before I left it started snowing!!! Traing to Schwabisch hall, and we left for sweden the next day. Drove to keil, and got on a overnight boat to göteberg.
THE BOAT. HOw damn fantastic is was. Despite the cold I spent about 3 hours of the 14 hr trip outside (in 1 hr stints) the most magic was at about 9 alone at the back of the ship. Huge white wake streaming behind, lit by the moon so you could see a white path to the horizon. Soooooooo beautiful. Made me one happy camper.
Which brings us to today. Arriving in the morning, a magic lunch with friends of the grafs. MArgareta and Gunner, who made an incredible meal and were sol lovely...they gave us a competition to see who could could all the santas i nthe house (decorations and stautes and so on) there were over 200!!! And then we all got given one!´So lovely. Beautiful beatiful location there too, right on water. Then drove to bengstfords...pls forgive all my spelling...really should figure this out. The grafs holiday house here is lovely. Very cute and cosy! Then thomas wallin appeared to bring me round here (I am writing from their house) for dinner, and, obviously, offer some internet time. Hurruh.
I apologise for my rubbish typing. I figure that theres so much to say that you can all jsut get over the millions of typos :)
MERRRRRRRYYYYY XMAS ALL!!!! Sorry tis a little belated
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Sorry Its a bit early
But most importantly......HAPPY BIRTHDAY ME!!!!!!!!!!! While its still too early for me to say that here, its right on time for you at home :)
love to all xxx
Location: Bremen, Germany
Well, has been a few days since that last entry hey. Here I am once again in Bremen, one of my lovely German home towns.
Sooo. since the 10th.
I was in Schwäbisch Hall (You gotta think to spell that one) till the 11th, where after some hilarious attempts at printing train tickets with Thomas, I finally jumped on the train on the 2nd last valid day of my temporary bahn cards validity. Had a lovely time with the Grafs in SHall (hehe...much quicker). Thanks all :)
Caught the train to a little town on the Rhein called Bacharach, the pulling card being the fact that the youth hostel is a 1000yr old castle. It looms over the very quaint medieval city. A quality of looming is often height, which means hill, which means at some point you are at the bottom with a heavy back, and at another point you must be at the top. Wasn't bad though. Bit muddy, but spectacular views and worth it. The castle itself is very impressive on the outside, though inside not so, and also quite deserted. Wanted something to eat, which meant going down the hill again, which meant I had to do it before dark. Walked down the hill. Realised I had forgotten my purse. Put a little curse on the Gods of Checking Everything Is In Your Back Before Walking Down Big Hill. Not enough time to go up down eat and up again, so wandered around, then back up the hill. Was hungry, but dinner there was overpriced and looked yucky. No one in my dorm. Cute little medieval windows, which I stuck my head out and pretended I was a 11th Century princess. My Wimple fell off into the blackberry scrub under my window. Decided it would be very boring to be an 11th century princess. Went for a walk around castle, but werent so many places you could go. Was a conference group there, who had obviouslly jsut had a break. Could tell this as there was still some cake sitting outside. With logic that it was much better to want than waste, I pocketed a few pieces and scuttled guiltily back to my room to gobble up my loot. To be honest, this place freaked me out and I had an awful nights sleep.
Next day the plan was to go to bremen via bonn to visit goethe pals and pick up some stuff I had left there. Well, when I got to Bonn, it was just so nice, and Martin informed me there was another concert on Friday....hmmmm....so I stayed :) Stayed in Köln. Made some music, saw some opera and a movie (in which I easliy followed everything...hurruh). As its getting up to Xmas, I finding myself in a little homesick moment. Xmas here doesnt feel right. Tis not nearly as jolly. With that in mind, tis very nice to be in Bremen, where I arrived on Saturday, and helped Christiane decorate the tree. Hurruh!
My Bremen mode consists mostly of wearing daggy clothes all day, eating chocolate and reading terry pratchett. hehe. Tis nice to have little hits of time like this. Maybe I will go to Berlin between here and janelle Bavaria Xmas, or maybe I shall simply stay here. We Shall See.
Lots of love to Everyone, and a very merry merry xmas xxxxxxxxxxooooooooooo
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Well, now I am here by the lovely Graf family in Schwäbisch Hall. It is so beautiful now, althougth I am hanging out for snow...they say there'll be no white xmas...I will go on singing xmas carols about snow in order to make it happen in time for xmas :)
I have now finally uploaded all my photos onto the computer here, but when I tried to post them yesterday, everything went kaput. Hmmmm, shall try again and hopefully I have soon some photos up here. Shall try emailing some too maybe.
My 2nd Salzburg visit was at the beginning totally rubbish, was s bit tired and homesick, but it picked up in truly spectacular form and now and I am very inspired and practicing and fantasising over all the fantasitic opera there is yet to see. I think theres a Mozart quote somewhere about how a day without opera is a wasted day. There are many fantastic things going on, but a little part of me can't help but agree! Don't know how I shall survive with only Aussie opera!
My plan was next to go to bonn (to picl up some things I left there) via Bingen (hurruh for Hildegard) then on to Paris. However, there is here in Germany an evil corporation called the 'deutsche bahn' This is citylink/countrylink. Think its private though. Anyways, I have bought a bahn card which makes all my trips half price, but it took them ages to post it, and now I mu7st chase it over germany. It is now in Bremen. Its a bit valuable to me to trust to german beuracracy, and I want to go to berlin again, as there is that controversial Idomeneo (the only possible terror threat opera....dont worry, i'll get a standing seat so I can run away quickly) and a Flute production which is replica of that really famous one from the 60s (i think) you know in amadeus how the queen on the night sings her aria? that production. So I figure I shall go north again. Tommorrow night I am staying in a hostel that is a castle on a mountain! Sweet. Shall visit Tony in Hamburg for xmas again methink, although he doesnt know this yet, then stay in Berlin again for a bit. before flying down to munich to spend xmas with Janelle and whoever she is with :)
Hurruh. Lots of love to everyone, hopefully you'll see some photos soon, and at the very least, I'll make it work in January!
Location: Salzburg, Austria
My god, my day jsut got better and better! I can't sleep. I got a requiem ticket. it was amazing. I stayed behind cos I wanted to meet gerald finley. I did! We spoke for about half and hour, and in the end he offered to take me email address and maybe help me sus out some unpaid internships in some agencies! OMG. I walked home with the most ridiculous grin on my face. Now I'M too happy to sleep. Had to tell you all......
so who is gerald finely you may ask....well, any one who is an opera person will know. Quite well known. He was the one in the Don G i saw first in vienna.
argh! Rose is exhilarated. love to all xxx