Friday, July 16, 2010

Flying Ants

So...outdoor venue for La Traviata. Gorgeous place, finally starting to cool down around 9 pm as we start the concert (I'm a harp on a keyboard for about 10 min. of fame). About 5 min into the show, the orchestra starts getting inundated with little flying ants. Crawling all over everyone's music, on the piano, the maestro had about 500 all over his podium and score, crawling down the player's shirts...awful. I was killing them with my fingers as I played the piano. Needless to say by the end of Act I, someone had found a bottle of OFF...all the scores, the piano, the players, everything was sprayed. It worked but I now have dead ant carcasses in my Traviata score. Nasty.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A new adventure...

New Italy experience...

Pizza with fish. Shrimp, mussels, langostines (sp?), calamari, anything you can think of.

Result...not bad. :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Again, I am not the best at regularly blogging. But here are a few highlights of the trip so far.

1. Freaking out a group of Italian kids who were hanging out behind me speaking italian when I turned around and started speaking to them. It was great!

2. Finding that the problem with the piano that sounded like...well...shit (sorry mom) is just the minor fact that someone screwed 15 screws into the soundboard. yes, fully into the soundboard.

3. Tiramisu suprises on my birthday (don't remember if i included that one in my last post)

4. The closest thing to an American hamburger in Novafeltria on July 4th.

5. A normally 6 hour drive to Pisa...turning into 12 because our driver got lost multiple times (did I include that one already too?)

Anyway, life as always is entertaining and keeping us on our toes. Hope all is well at home!