Days 1-3

It’s been a busy three days! Monday, I arrived in Dresden in much better shape than when I came in December via US Airways (thanks for all the fun times, US, but I prefer to travel without missing every single connection I book, having to re-route my trip at every stop, and arriving at my destination with absolutely no luggage… it’s not me, it’s you). My trip with American Airlines/Air Berlin was successful and stress-free. Maybe you can teach US Airways how to be an airline, AA? Just a thought…

It was so wonderful to see Jacco again after 8 weeks apart! I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when I first saw him at the airport — what a handsome guy! Excuse me for gushing, but even seeing each other in person is always a huge luxury since it doesn’t get to happen very often.

Jacco surprised me with KEYS TO THE APARTMENT and this awesome, touristy key chain that I am definitely going to actually use.
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After some dinner at ‘our’ sushi place around the corner, we ran some errands, came back home, and totally crashed.
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Tuesday, we had our first rehearsal for our chamber concerts. We started at 10 am, which would have been the equivalent of 4 am back home — and I was so disoriented. Hell hath no fury like rehearsing under the influence of jet lag. At the end of 2 hours, my body was screaming for rest, so we walked back home (after we ate some lunch at a cute little outdoor café and bought some flowers for our patio — pics to come later), and I took a 3-hour nap coma. It was such a beautiful day yesterday. I put on my bathing suit and sat on the terrace with Jacco for some good-ol’ American-style sunbathing, then Jacco made us a delicious dinner. I could definitely get used to this life!

Today was another great day. We walked to the historic part of the city to do some sight-seeing before our rehearsal — I’ve gotta say, I love being in Europe, partially because I can eat all I want and never gain a pound since we walk so much. Ausgezeichnet! Speaking of German words, we came across a language school where I may be able to enroll in some German courses in the fall, and the instruction is one-on-one with a teacher who also speaks English. Things are coming together!

These are some of my favorite pictures from today:
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