Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Tasmania

August 15, 2012

Tasmania was the closest to what I had imagined Australia to look like.  Much of mainland Australian reminded me of big cities at home, but with an awesome accent.  We toured the major coastal cities, and only flew over the Outback, which of course is a whole other world.  The urban pockets, though,  reminded me of places I’d been in The States. *Cue arrival to Tasmania*

Just flying into Hobart already presented a dramatically different landscape. It was mountainous and not nearly as developed as cities on the mainland. The pace is more laid back, too. After the show in Melbourne, someone asked where we were going next. When I mentioned Hobart, he gave a little sarcastic chuckle and said something to the effect of, “Prepare to have your patience tried. They do things a lot slower down there.” I responded with, “Oh, kind of like the reputation The South has in The States for not rushing through things, and slowing down to enjoy life? That’s how I was raised, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy Hobart!”  His expression changed and I could tell the wheels were turning.  The pace was slower, and the Tasman people turned out to be the most enthusiastic crowd of the whole Australian tour! The one thing I remember most about my stay in Hobart, however, was the amazing, full rainbow over the water right outside of my hotel window. (see pic)

What Tasmanian blog would be complete without a Tasmanian Devil? (see pic) Although I saw this guy on the mainland, I had to include him here. It was sad to see them in the confined space. Both kept running in endless circles. I’m not exaggerating when I say endless. It seemed as if they had gone mad 😦

I very much enjoyed the month I spent in Australia. The people and culture are lovely. I included a picture of the currency, because it was so colorful and pretty- almost too pretty and felt like monopoly money. We had to be careful, because our dollar was so weak over there! Thanks to the country of Australia for being so hospitable to the MBO camp!

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Perth, Western Australia

April 23, 2012

Perth was beautiful! The view from my hotel room was a reminder of how blessed I am to be doing what I love while seeing the world. I stepped out of the hotel and into the Indian Ocean. (see pic) I kept a sharp eye out for dorsal fins- apparently three people have been killed by Great Whites this year in and around Perth.  Surf schools were going on, and it was nice to see almost as many girls as guys!  I’m hoping to do some surfing while we are in Sydney – Bondai Beach!

This tour is different from other MB tours in that orchestras join us in every city! We shared the stage with the Western Australia Symphony, and I loved being able to chat with all the different musicians. It makes me feel right at home after subbing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for the past several years (whenever I am home!)

Another special edition to this tour is Oritanthi.   Born and raised in Australia, she was the guitar player for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour. If you’ve seen the DVD, you’ll remember her. She has several albums out of her own and just got off the road with Alice Cooper. We love touring with Ori and getting to know her! (see pic)

The Gold Coast

April 17, 2012

I had a 22 hour travel day to the Gold Coast in Australia, but well worth it! We all had dinner with our boss, Mr Bolton when we got in. It was nice catching up after the break. Luckily, we had a day off the next day to (try to) adjust to the time change. We used it to hold koala bears and pet kangaroos!  The koalas were so cute.  I didn’t expect the kangaroo’s claws to look like that! (see pic)  The use of their tail to jump is very interesting too.  It acts as a muscular third leg.  The next day was showtime, and we were the first act to play in the newly renovated theater at Jupiter’s Gold Coast Casino. It was a beautiful 2,000 seat house that even still smelled new! The Gold Coast Pops orchestra joined us for the show. What a treat! The JABBAWOCKEEZ were hanging backstage the whole show, so I got to know them a bit too. (They are the winner’s of the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew and have a permanent Vegas show). Afterward, Jupiter’s threw us an opening night party. Seal happened to be the next act and his band arrived at the hotel. I was able to catch up with my good friend and trombonist Ellie,

and some of his band members. (I played a concert with Seal a couple years ago and got to know them back then- what are the odds that we’d be meeting again in the same hotel all the way across the world??) Now, the cross-country flight to Perth!


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