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Travel tips learned

End of our trip. Here’s what we learned. Take and use as needed.

Concerning Roads…

  1. The streets are beautifully decorated with yellow dashes and white stripes. It is important to remember that these lines are purely decorative. Form over function.
  2. When crossing the street, you are wroth about as much as that plastic bag that just rolled under the tires of the last car.
  3. We’re under the impression that Pare means “yield”.
  4. If road rage happens upon you, as a motorcyclist, a viable option is to kick the car beside you. Make sure to dent it.

Concerning Food…

  1. The cashew fruit is a treat. With the sweetness of a mango, the bitterness of a rubber balloon, and the texture of a clam. It is a treat.
  2. Hopefully lunch was enjoyable, because it’ll be back for dinner.
  3. Chocolate-frosted carrot cake is an acceptable form of nutrition as or after any meal (including breakfast).

Thanks Karen and Ingrid.

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Newspaper Interview!

Check it out! The article on us was in Portuguese obviously, so I couldn’t read it. Front page of the entertainment section!

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We’re doing what?!

Ah, Brazil. Where the people are spicier than most of their food. We were met by a nice warm and muggy breeze Wednesday afternoon as we touched down in our final destination, Uberlandia, Brazil. First, let me introduce you (we’re all APUers) to the quartet:

Violin I – Ingrid

A junior at APU, she hails from Porto Alegre, Brazil. When bored, Ingrid enjoys smuggling knitting needles through airport security, and has been known to practice her Mandarin on unsuspecting Asians. Hmm… She wishes to pursue a life of religious fulfillment and practicing.

Violin II – Jeff

Aspiring composer and pyromaniac, Jeff, from Reedley, CA, enters his senior year. He enjoys making YouTube videos that feature a retarded overdubbing of Gandalf and Bilbo, and once in a while, picks up the fiddle between readings of L’Engle and Lewis to grace his quartet with fresh beats, sometimes fresh beets.

Cello – Karen

Usually mistaken for a good Swede, she is also a senior, majoring in cello performance. She continues her summer tour with a small group as Keyboard II, Tambourine, and also Cello. Watch out for her deadly dance moves and improvisatory skills on el guitar-o.

And of course, yours truly on Viola. So we’re here thanks to Ingrid’s connections. Since she’s from Brazil, her grandmother was extraordinary and paramount to us coming here. Through the music association of the state that she leads, they were able to pay our trip here have us do performances, classes, and recitals. Beyond that, she has graciously opened her home for our duration here and have prepared for us fantastic meals since the beginning!

We arrived at the house just in time to find out that we… well… had a television interview the next day, a newspaper and photographer the morning after that, and on Saturday, our first event: visiting a school and playing for them, then a full program recital in the evening. Whoa. Ok… Hair. Check. Teeth. Check. Nice Shirt. Check…and… oh right. The viola. Check.

With the change in humidity and climate down here, we need to be careful for our instruments. We already have a unfortunate fingerboard come detached, and we’re working on finding a decent cello to use in performance.

Our rep will include:

  • Dvorak Quartet in F, op. 96 “American”
  • Schubert Quartet in d minor, “Death and the Maiden”
  • We brought some Mozart and Beethoven quartets as well
  • If we can find a djembe player, then a contemporary quintet: “Strange Humors” by John Mackey

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