Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More from the last few days in South America 7-2-09 (Thursday)

Hello everyone! Currently we are in Rosario, Chile. First, here are a few videos from the last week that I haven´t posted yet.

This video was taken outside of the cathedral I showed in my earlier post. It shows the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile. It, like the other video, is from last Friday, June 26.

This next video was taken from the same location. You will hear the bells from the cathedral playing the Ode to Joy which you may know as the hymn ¨Joyful, Joyful we Adore Thee¨ or as the main theme of the last movement of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9. Contrary to what I say in the video, I think the 12 bells for 12 o´clock actually sounded later on after the song and after the video.

The following video was taken the next day (Saturday, June 27, 2009) during the flight from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina that I described in my last post. The only passengers on the flight (Sky Airlines) were people with our group. You can see the Andes Mountains in the video. Although this was the shortest leg of our trip in distance, we flew, apparently because of the mountains.

This video explains itself for the most part. It was taken during the dinner following our concert in Mendoza on Monday, June 28. Dinner tends to be later here than it is in the U.S. So the video was taken around midnight that night. I believe our concert had been at 8:30 that evening. The restaurant was an all-you-can-eat buffet. We went to another restaurant that belonged to the same chain the next day in Cordoba.

This video was taken on Monday, June 29 in the hotel in Cordoba.

I´ll post more pictures from these places a little later. Right now it is late at night on the evening of July 1 (or morning of July 2). We left Cordoba this morning and arrived in Rosario, Argentina early this evening. The bus ride was shorter than the one from Mendoza to Cordoba that I described in the video. It was about six hours of driving plus time for lunch. The land along the route we drove was quite flat--very different from the places most of us are used to--probably more like the Great Plains. We went to a restaurant for dinner a little while after we got here. The hotel rooms are probably some of the nicest we´ve had yet. The rooms themselves are definitely the biggest so far. And the elevators are old-fashioned. The have an actually door that you open to get in and a gate-type door you slide closed inside the elevator. I´ll post pictures and videos later. Tomorrow we have a tour of Rosario. Then we have a lot of free time before our rehearsal and concert in the evening. The concert is at 9:00 pm. So we´ll have another late (by U.S. standards) dinner afterwards. The next day (Friday) we´ll drive to our final tour location, Buenos Aires. We are getting farther from the Andes and closer to the ocean.
Talk to you later.


Here is a picture of most of the orchestra members. It was taken in Mendoza, Argentina on Sunday at a monument. I am third from the right near the back in the dark green jacket. The people in Orange in the front of the group are the people from the local company who are running the Argentina portion of our tour.
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