Archive: April 2013 - Howard Dyck

Peacocks, Passta, Pipes and Pipas!

  • April 18, 2013

OK, OK, put those red editing pencils away, you literary fusspots. That second item in my alliteratively-inspired title is not a typo! Read on - all will be revealed! In the 12 or so days since you last heard from me, we've experienced at least 12 weeks' worth of adventures and utterly new experiences. Let me begin by going back to April 9. That was our travel day to Mangshi, capital city of the autonomous prefecture of DeHong. ("Autonomous prefecture" is a designation given to particular regions in China having a high concentration of ethnic minorities. Yunnan Province, with its unusually...

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One Week in Kunming – Pentatonic Overload!

  • April 6, 2013

As I was contemplating a title for this blog posting, a few different ones came to mind. I'll refer to the various ones as I write. One week ago yesterday we arrived in Kunming to begin a 2 month residency with the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra. To say it's been eventful would be a vast understatement. The flight itself was pleasant enough, exceptionally smooth actually, but of course very long. We got to our apartment about 2am on Good Friday, got a few hours of fitful sleep and awoke to glorious weather. It's been stunning weather pretty much every day…highs in the mid 20s and lows in the 10-12...

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