Wrapping up Tour

Tour, Day 12
We left Schaumburg and headed to Ottawa, IL for an afternoon concert. The band was playing in a gymnasium, which was actually a lot of fun. There’s definitely a different vibe for gym concerts. The gym was hung with championship banners, the majority of which featured the high school’s band program rather than its athletic department. Domingos was conducting, and our friends Karl and Angie were able to attend as well as their daughter and Karl’s parents and grandmother.  Continue reading “Wrapping up Tour”

Schaumburg, IL: Sculpture in the Cold

Tour, Day 11
Lexi and I met up for a fun girls-only lunch on Saturday. We decided to go to Weber Grill since the wait at Egg Harbor Cafe was ridiculously long. I was able to get a fairly healthy chicken dish and subbed out the included mashed potatoes for a second vegetable side of green beans. It was tasty and I was happy to eat a lot of vegetables after a fairly unhealthy diet so far on tour!

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Youngstown, OH: Food and a Local Distillery

Tour, Day 3
Not much happened on day 3 of tour. We worked out, we packed up, we hit the road, we quickly realized that if Domingos was coming with me he absolutely couldn’t be driving because of the flood of work emails and calls and texts (cue a super-fast Chinese fire-drill right before the toll plaza). We checked in to our hotel in Youngstown, Ohio, I practiced, and we left for the concert. Super exciting!

Venue #3

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Half-Day Tour

My parents were here for four days last week on their way home from Thailand. We didn’t do a whole lot of sightseeing because I was busy prepping for my CFP exam, which is next week. But we did take a half-day tour of a few sights in Seoul. We were picked up outside the Dragon Hill Lodge gate and, after picking up a few other guests, went to the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple first. It was a beautiful little area surrounded by the bustle of the city and tall buildings. Our guide, Cindy, told us that Korea is about 25% Buddhist, 25% Christian, and 50% Freethinker (atheist). Continue reading “Half-Day Tour”