Monday, November 12, 2012

About Me Monday - Veterans Day!

I've decided I'm going to use Monday's as non-Disney ME time.  And being that yesterday was Veterans Day (and I was working.. as I've been every day for the past 3 weeks) I decided to share a little more about my unique job today!

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.

If you want to youtube it - this is a news piece about why I was there (and if you look closely, you can see me in several shots playing the clarinet!)

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.

And some touristy pics:
At the Forbidden City (Beijing)
And more touristy..
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!

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