Natom 2010! Skål!

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
Trip End Dec 22, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Västra Götaland,
Sunday, September 26, 2010

What a fantastic Swedish weekend with PQ!  For those who don't know, which I think is most people haha, PQ (PromenadorQuestern) is the Swedish student jazz orchestra that I joined at the start of semester and it's been amazing!  So my playing is not amazing haha put that doesn't stop us having a fun time =P, besides, we're flutes so we're not expected to play the right notes anyway XD.  Anywho, I went with PQ for a Nordic bands festival in Göteborg (Gothemberg) which is another big city in Sweden.  But unlike all our bands festival, this one was a little more student orientated XD.

So, we first set off in the early morning at 6am (dead tired already) in our tiger bus!  It's an awesome bus, PQ did some modifications to this old school bus and it's complete with a bar, couches and sleeping area!  Perfect for a student orchestra road trip! w00t!!  So, jamming in the bus for the 7 hours trip?  Why not!  XD

Arrival and we played our first concert in the Chalmers University square (the uni hosting us in Gothemberg), it was pretty awesome, everyone got so into the songs and were dancing and jumping around haha.  They don't care much about the lameness =P.  Had our liquid orientation that night, was a lot of fun...maybe a bit too much fun haha.  It was basically a series of activities you played against another team to get to know some new people like croquet with eggs =P, getting your team across the carpark with the least number of people touching the ground, the quickest team to do a know, good old fashioned ice breakers XD  BUT with the added twist that after most activities, you take a shot....hmmmm....added onto the fact that dinner was AFTER the orientation and you get a slightly drunk me =P shhhh.  No no, nothing bad...just a slightly louder, more swedish talking me who clapped along a bit too enthusiastically to the jam session in the corridor XD.  But it was good fun and it was fun talking and meeting guys from Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Next day, we paraded happily through the sunny, sunny streets of Göteborg.  Sun just POURING down on us the whole way, you should see the pictures.  Such PERFECT weather over there....brrr.  On the bright side, we did get to walk through a little bit of the city, while it wasn't as nice or pretty as Stockholm, it certainly seemed a nice place to live and I really liked the wide central street of the city.  Reminded me of Swanston Street a little, especially since they had trams running through it too =)  The performances in the city squares weren't packed with people, the great weather you know...but we did manage to get some enthusiastic asian tourists to join in with Tiger Rag =P.  And it was interesting playing in the very very cold, anyone feeling a bit flat??  Maybe just a little??  I felt even more sorry for the Baletten (The awesome swing style dance group who's part of the band) since they all had to dance in the cold cold rain and still look happy and cheerful while they chased the "tiger" around.  They were awesome though and for a few moments, I didn't even notice the rain, and was having a ball!  I EVEN GOT A FLUTE SOLO!!!  A nerve racking minute of random note spitting while the whole band made sure I was the centre of everyone's attention >.<  Gotta love it =P

That night we had the big concert and we got to see all the other bands.  I love the fact how they were all so different, the Norweigan band was really cool, always playing in a semi circle and they all memerised their music!  It made for a lot of really cool and fun moments with the band, and to top it off, they played Austin Powers featuring a cute piccoloist! XD  The standouts were the Finnish firemen band though with their fantastic Swedish and amazing violin concerto.  It was hilarious and they even got a standing ovation =D.  Had a massive Swedish style dinner filled with drinking songs, Swedish punsch and general revelry in true Scandinavian style.  It was tradition to give the host university a gift for the festival and give them a gift the bands did.  A pump action vodka gun made from a trombone slide, a trombone bell/clarinet with breathalyser and a 'tested' bottle of quality vodka, though by the time they finished testing, the bottle was just a little bit empty (That's the Fins for ya =P).

Next day we crawled out of bed somehow, and prepared to leave our wonderful accommodation, the classroom floor of a Swedish secondary school...ya...many good nights sleep there...Then we trudged along to breakfast, Ah a traditional breakfast of sill (herring) and what?  Vodka shots?? and more drinking songs!?? *gulp*  These Swedes are crazy I tells ya!  Haha, what an awesome and very Swedish weekend =D
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WOAH! GO CHUN! spotlight solo!!
dang ya adventures just keep getting better!!!!

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