Today I attended 2 virtual farewells and one project celebration.
It stays weird because we don’t have the human interaction of handshakes and eye contact.
There are some benefits too, like the freedom from attendees to speak,for example in the case of the farewell do’s.
The project celebration took the form of a cooking lesson. We were each sent a grocery list ahead of time, and in the evening we all dialed in from our own kitchen to cook and share a meal. There were some challenges with sound or so, but there was also an opportunity for light banter and the personal touch of a look into each other’s kitchens.
Times are strange and new and we will probably be figuring out new ways to be human for the foreseeable future.
Staying on the musical theme, I would like to tell you something about my guitar lessons.
When I started out I was hoping to learn to play a couple of songs well enough so people can sing along socially.
I did not expect to learn jazz chords and Bossa nova strumming, or to learn to play modes and scales and things. And yet, here I am.
But the wonderful thing is this: I’ve never enjoyed playing scales as much as I am now. When I practice the scales along with my teacher while he’s playing the chords, it sounds and feels a lot more pleasant than just rattling off the exercises. I still have a long way to go, but at least I’m enjoying the journey there.
Making music has always been something that makes me happy, and today was no different.
My best friend gifted me a musical experience for my birthday 6 months ago and today was the day.
We attended a workshop for choir and ensemble to sing works of Sweelinck, a Dutch composer of the late Renaissance/early Baroque era.
The music is a challenge in terms of timing and also it was in French (?), which means pronunciation was a challenge.
All day long I was completely absorbed in trying to learn and sing the amazing music and although it was taxing on the concentration, I have to say it is so rewarding and a wonderful experience. Definitely worthwhile!
If there is ever a time to visit Amsterdam, its between 10-11am on a Saturday morning, right now.
The streets are empty and cleaner than usual, with way less of the bachelor party goers. But the shops are still open, so it’s possible to get the things done. That is why we managed to stumble upon a few unique things, such as a penny farthing for rent, and a shop full of rubber ducks of all kinds of flavours.
From there we headed to a little town called Woerden for a bit of sightseeing in the old town, before heading to a braai. There is evidence of a town in that area since Roman times, and even now it is alive with residents going about their business.
Deadline day… I got up early to get a head start, and I did get some work done.
But when I got up to get some coffee my computer decided to switch off, and it took a lot of prodding and poking to get it back up and running again.
It wasn’t the end of the day’s troubles either.
At some point the Internet connection stopped working, at another the program we use to talk kicked me out (twice, while I was in a meeting) and once my plate with peanut butter toast fell off the desk, broke in 2, and the toast fell topping side down, of course.
But I met the deadline. A few hours later than I hoped for, but I could go sleep with the knowledge that I managed to do my bit for the week (and then some).