|Rehearsing my piece "Equinox", with Music Progressive Quartet|
I'm sitting in the lobby of Hotel Çajupi, waiting for the bus to take us to our first concert of the tour! We left Tirana yesterday morning, and enjoyed lunch near a monastery in the mountains, en route to Bujar's village of Antigone.
|View from Gjirokaster|
|Jim & Marissa on the patio|
|Music room dedicated to Jim DeFina |
(West Coast Symphony clarinettist, who passed away shortly after our first WCSO tour, in 2012)
|Maestro Bujar, with some young music students|
Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious feast of local food (and raki!), and mingled with the people from Antigone-- very generous and friendly hosts. This morning, we woke up to a rainstorm. Despite the weather, a small group of us hiked up the hill to explore the castle. We were completely rain-soaked by the time we hiked back down to our hotel, but got some beautiful photos-- even in the wind and rain.
|Outside the castle in Gjirokaster|
|Julia and Ken, exploring near the castle|
|David and Elizabeth|
|Marianne and Julia|
|Exploring the castle grounds|
After changing into dry clothes, a couple of us enjoyed a delicious lunch at a small cafe, followed by some raki! We also checked out a couple of the small local shops selling handmade souvenirs. I picked up a beautiful wooden hand-carved bird, and a tiny antique silver coffee urn.
|Outside one of the shops in town|