That's a Wrap

Tomorrow marks 80 days since I left for Europe. No, I didn’t make it quite around the world but as I’ve been on another continent during this time period, I sure had enough time to do so. I’m so looking forward to getting home for 9 days before heading off on my next excursion. I’m not sure how much writing I’ll do between now and then but I look forward to getting back to reflecting on those things that move me to post. You never know what will role off these fingers.

The experiences during these 80 days have been so varied and interesting. The time in Vienna was enjoyed. The experience in one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam, has been treasured. It’s been great to be with old colleagues and to establish new friendships. But a singer likes new challenges. “Salome” and “Fidelio” are dear friends to me--but I’m very much looking forward to getting back to “Parsifal”. I haven’t sung this opera in nearly 9 years and so it’s time to visit this masterpiece once more.

Hopefully, the storm that hit the east coast these past few days will be enough of a distant memory to not cause problems for me in getting home tomorrow. I so look forward to being back with my wife and children for a late Christmas celebration and the New Year’s Fest as well. Hey, I even have a belated birthday to enjoy.

At the end of the year, I like to give my reflections on the highlights of the previous year’s engagements. That, I’ll save for another time. It’s late here in Amsterdam and a long day is ahead. But I’ll leave you with a few last shots of Amsterdam from this trip. I hope there will be more in the future. See you soon!!!