Well, That's a Grape of a Different Color!
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
12Trip End May 17, 2008
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"Uh oh, what is it?"
"I have to go to my bassoon teacher's quartet concert about an hour outside of Vienna in a castle. He is taking me in his car and he said he had room for a friend of mine. I want you to be that friend."
Of course, I agreed. Anytime a castle is mentioned, I'm all for it. We had to meet her teacher, David, at his flat at 1pm and we would travel to the venue. What we didn't know is that we would be in a car full of Austrians. It doesn't sound too unreasonable to be in a car full of Austrians in Austria, but Miriam and I were scared. Even though I secretly give myself a pat on the back every time I have a complete German transaction in a grocery store, I still don't speak German and I definitely don't understand it. I was painfully reminded of this fact every time David said a funny quip and sent the rest of the car in an uproar of laughter. Every 10 minutes or so, David would look back at Miriam and me and quickly repeat a few words of the conversation in English. It was never as funny as they thought it was, but I'm sure that was because my rampant motion sickness was perpetuating my irritation. I forgot how much I hated being in a car.
We arrived at the Festschloss Hof (castle) and David (and other Austrians) had to go practice for the performance leaving Miriam, another Austrian student, and me to our own devices. The other Austrian student was named Niva and she failed to mention in the car that her English was excellent. To the pass the time before the concert, we walked the palace grounds and we came upon a farm with an interesting assortment of animals.
The concert was fantastic! The quartet consisted of 3 bassoons and a string bass and they performed wonderful arrangements of opera arias.
The concert ended at 7:30pm, but the night was hardly over. David asked if Miriam, Niva, and I would mind joining the quartet and their families for dinner before we headed back to Vienna. We clearly had no other option but to acquiesce since he was our only means of transportation. The 3 of us sat at the opposite side of the table from David and made
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