As I've mentioned - I recently spent just under 2 weeks in China for work. It was an amazing and unique opportunity and I LOVED it! I was hesitant for so many reasons - leaving a 6 month old as a nursing mom is hard on SO many levels, but I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity... plus, I'm active duty military and saying no doesn't actually have much clout.
We reached out on an artistic level to show friendship and cooperation and I enjoyed getting to know those around me - their English is much better than my Chinese, though I can order soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) with the best of them! Our two military bands have a great connection now and I can only hope that we will be able to perform with them again.
Here's a pic of me and some coworkers at a banquet hosted by the People's Liberation Army Band for us on our final day in Nanjing, the old capitol of China.
|At the Forbidden City (Beijing)|
|View from the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower - Shanghai|
Since we've been back, we performed all weekend for Veterans Day - two concerts to 2 large crowds, honoring and celebrating. I hope you were able to enjoy as well!