Jul 12, 2005 3:13pm
<I>(from June 24th ... delayed due to poor internet access in Europe)</I>
Hello everyone. This week has definitely had its ups and downs. I’ll start with Sunday, and our flight out here. I spent most of the airport time with Matt, as I made the last purchases and transactions that would need to take place before our transatlantic journey. Aboard the plane, despite the emphasized importance of sleeping on the plane, I couldn’t help but watch the available in flight entertainment, which for me consisted of National Treasure (which I enjoyed greatly), Trading Places (a very funny film) and The Mighty Boosh, a comedy made for BBC 3 which was quite funny. We arrived in London and I stayed awake from there until long after.
We spent quite a bit of time at the Amsterdam airport waiting for the second flight to arrive, so I kept myself busy by doing nothing at all… The green phones they have there didn’t want to cooperate, so I wasn’t able to call home. Speaking of, hello everyone at home! Sorry I haven’t called!
Anyway, I fell dead asleep after trying desperately to stay awake on the bus ride… Which ended up being a good deal longer than expected. I was happy to get to the housing site, where I could actually lay down (the airport would not allow us to sleep on the floor).
Our first day of rehearsal was alright… a bit weird without the color guard (they flew out on Monday). We did however have a barbecue somewhere around town with Disney characters painted on the walls. It was pretty good except trying to pull the skewer out of my chicken resulted in half of it falling to the ground.
The food is very different here, but I am getting used to it. Some of the dishes we have had are quite good, such as the spaghetti, and a variety of snacks. The water is also different, as they add minerals to their mineral water… I guess that kind of makes sense. I do know that when we get to Kalamazoo I am going to drink a whole lot of something very cold, as there isn’t very many cold drinks. I mean cold, like condensation on the outside of the container cold.
Anyway, we had a day of sightseeing in Brussels and Bruges Belgium, which were both pretty cool. I will elaborate later, but essentially, when visiting Bruges, renting a bicycle is a much better decision for an inexperienced motorcyclist. I did have a great time and many fun memories, most not involving a food vendor.
The last two days have been pretty good, all rehearsal. Yesterday jet lag definitely set in as we were all pooped by the end of the evening. Tomorrow we have our first real performances in Europe though, so I am pretty excited. I have to go at the moment as lights out approaches like a menacing burglar lurking in the shadows. Hello to Brianne, hope you got my email from Brussels and are having fun with Blue Justice (BDC’s show for those of you who didn’t know yet), and hello to all my other friends and family! Later.