So I've finally picked some (a lot) of images from my trip to share with y'all. I kind of divided it up into three sections so I can explain the images a little more as you go along. Why did I go to Switzerland you ask? Andy (the husband) was accepted to play with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and it seemed like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him. So the kiddos and I fully supported him, and have been thrilled for him to have such an opportunity. The festival was (see how I used was...because he comes home today! Amen.) three weeks long, and because of some dear friends, I was able to go the middle week to visit him. Each travel day was pretty long because of shuttles, layovers, and train rides. The images start with my train from Zürich to Lucerne. After I arrived, Andy and I walked the long way back to his host house, touring a little bit on our way there. As I had been awake since 4 a.m. the previous morning (US Central Time), we stopped at a hip little coffee shop, and it was incredible. Definitely the first time I have tried oat milk - I give it a two thumbs up. The remainder of the first set includes a rehearsal location for Andy (Südpol), and my first bit of touring around on my own while Andy was in an evening rehearsal. There were so many bicyclists (so brave because they rode in-between the cars) and motorcyclists.
The second is our hike up Mt. Pilatus. I didn't capture any of the first part on my camera because I was so sweaty and exhausted I was afraid I'd drop my camera. This little wooded section is the beginning of the second leg of the mountain, it literally felt like I was in a fantasy world. I tried to take a selfie of us with my camera at various points on top of the mountain. We still had to walk a whole bunch for the rest of the day after the hike. It was something.
The final section includes me touring around Old Town during various rehearsals and scoping out all of the different street performers. I think some of them were possibly supported by the festival, but they were all incredible. You could walk every couple blocks, and there would a whole new sound and crowd. The second ensemble I saw in this group was a brass band with a clarinetist. (Would that be a polka band? All I can think of is John Candy's group from Home Alone) Well, I made my way into the crowd to get a better view and they started what I assume was a traditional song. The entire crowd linked arms and swayed together (except me because I was alone in my own row...awkward). It was pretty neat to experience. The final photos in the section are of the outside morning concert the festival academy orchestra put on the day before I left. The instrumentalists were spread out along the pier outside KKL, making the performance a pretty all-consuming experience for the listener. It was so cool to watch the public walk in and out of the various instruments, and pause to take in the sounds the sounds they were hearing. Andy's teacher, M. Billard, is shown at the end discussing the music.
All in all, the trip was an absolute dream. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.