Audition and recruitment tour in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing
Friday, November 2, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
After 28 days, 8 major cities, 13 flights, and 420 auditions, I am finally home! Of course I am up at 2:00 a.m. because of the time difference, but I feel pretty good overall. I am loving fast, consistent wifi...I didn't realize how stressful having poor Internet access has been over the past month.
My flights home were relatively uneventful, with some delays and worries of missed connections, but that is to be expected. I flew Beijing to Tokyo to Detroit to Binghamton. From Tokyo to Detroit, they had an large selection of videos available, which always makes the time fly by (pun intended). The last flight from Detroit to Binghamton was overbooked and overweight, so they were looking for eight volunteers to take a $600 flight cash to fly out the next morning. No thank you! No amount of money could keep me from getting home to my family. My back was pretty sore the entire flight, but I survived with the help of a lot of ibuprofen and some Chinese herbal back pads.
On the last night after auditions, the China Conservatory administration invited the group to a nice dinner at a faculty lounge. Knowing what faculty lounges usually look like in the states, I was a little apprehensive. However, it turned out to be an elegant private dining room right on campus that served traditional Chinese meals. We ate and ate, and many of the dishes I had never seen before. There were many sweet dishes for dessert that I had not previously had, including individual bowls of sweet soup with sesame dumpling balls (see picture). It was quite delicious.
Ithaca has developed a positive relationship with China Conservatory over the past year, including signing a letter of intent to collaborate, as well as a hosting a joint faculty concert at Carnegie Hall, approving a graduate exchange program, as well as other faculty and student collaborations. I look forward to seeing our relationship grow as our schools have more opportunities to work together.
On a sad note, we all missed Halloween this year, which was difficult for me. I rarely post photos of my children, but I have done so here because they are so darned cute. Leah, age three, was a princess, and Preston, age one, was "her" dragon.
And with that, my annual Asia travels and blog will conclude. I hope you have enjoyed following my adventures!