Celebrating a Year

July 25, 2017

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It is a day for boldness. Braised eggplant stuffed with squid for breakfast. Trusting the preparation and counting and entering with assurance at rehearsal. Deciding to transcend casinos and luxury imported goods to try to find the bit of China that is left in Macau. Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999, and I have been enjoying the mosaic sidewalks and colonial buildings that remind me of Rio. But I am in China now, and I want to find some architectural representations of that fact, so after rehearsal I catch a taxi to the A-Ma temple. Built in 1488, this temple to the Chinese sea goddess Mazuis is one of the oldest in Macau and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it doesn’t disappoint. There is a serenity about the spot that remains even with its present isolation in the low-rent car-repair district surrounded by highway. So even in the stultifying humidity and heat, I am glad to have come and pause to take in bit of this culture so different from my own. But returning, alas, proves harder than arriving. There is no hotel concierge to call me a taxi here, and there appear to be no taxis in need of a fare for a couple of miles as I trudge back in the general direction of home, light-headed from heat and exhaust fumes. Finally I spot an empty cab and gratefully crawl in to ride the rest of the way. I arrive, my energy spent, and fall asleep while trying to catch up on the news on my computer, missing dinner and the bit of private practice I had planned before tomorrow’s rehearsal.

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Written by mairmusic

July 26, 2017 at 6:11 am

Posted in July

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  1. I wonder how this experience will be added into your musical compositions…just a random bit of thinking with my morning coffee. :-)

    slpmartin

    July 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    • Me too. I wonder if the Brazilian influence opened one door or the only door.

      mairmusic

      August 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm


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