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Vademecum (Vigo, Spain)

Show at Club Vademecum in Vigo, Spain
My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Spanish skies

photo by Edith FrostTaken through the window on our drive from Madrid to Vigo

Today (yesterday) was Madrid

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Last night (=the night before last) we stayed at a hotel (hostal) in Caceres on the other side of the "parte antigua" (the old walled portion of the city).  We had some coffee and pastries at an outdoor cafe in front of the plaza where all the people were standing last night.  It had been totally cleaned up by then; no trash at all.  We had left our gear at the club overnight (gracias a dios!) so we went and picked it up and drove towards Madrid.  I was jamming MP3s off my iPod like I did yesterday.  :-)

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Madrid, Spain

photo by Edith Frost

Mmm, yummy bunny

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Wow, what a weird day (=yesterday).  We had breakfast in the morning at the university, and I had time enough to run around the corner and get a half-hour in an internet cafe to check my mail and post a little blog entry.  We took off about ten and headed out to Caceres.

We drove until about 2PM and then stopped for lunch at a place that looked like it was frequented by truckers.  Bad idea!!!!!!  We sat down and the waiter wouldn’t give us a menu.  He told us we had maybe two choices… soup or salad for starters, and a choice of "chuletas" (chops) or some other kind of meat for the main meal.  We asked for the chuletas.  Andy got salad, which didn’t look half bad, but Ryan and I got the soup, which was very bland… mostly salt-water and a few noodles.  Then came the meat.  The waiter brought out a big platter of little miniature pork chops, but it was different; we weren’t going to ask what kind of meat it was.  It was tasty enough but it had lots of gristle; I had a hard time getting much meat out of 5 or 6 little chops.  I was a little bit revolted by it but Ryan and Andy seemed to think it was okay.

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Belle Epoque (Caceres, Spain)

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Caceres, Spain

photo by Edith FrostLooking for the hotel in Cáceres

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I’m so relieved

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

The show went great!!!!  I was feeling really really jumpy beforehand.  Ryan and I hadn’t played together in about six months, unless you count Ryan’s birthday party show we did in July, where I did mostly cover tunes anyway.  Tonight we played in one of the university’s auditoriums, or maybe it was the only one, I’m not sure.  It’s an old chapel that got converted into an auditorium about four years ago, they told me… not too big and not too little.  I guess there were around 150 or 200 people.  The acoustics were really really great.  I could hear everything perfectly and didn’t have to ask the soundman to adjust a thing.  All the seats were full and people were standing in back and on the sides.  The audience was so nice.  I was talking mostly in Spanish wherever I could, and I even did a song in Spanish for one of the encores, an old Lydia Mendoza cover called "No Es Culpa Mia".  I GOT TWO ENCORES!!!!  I’m totally stoked.  :-)

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Tapas en Valencia

photo by Edith FrostTapas at the bar/restaurant ‘Sal y Pimienta’ after the show. L-R: Jesus; Luis (director of the university); Marisa (who organizes shows there); Ryan Hembrey (my bassist); Andy Jarman (our driver/tour manager); a girl named Amparo; another girl whose name I have sadly forgotten.

Colegio Luis Vives (Valencia, Spain)

Played at the Colegio Luis Vives on the Universidad de Valencia campus.  Ryan Hembrey accompanied me on electric bass.

Made it to Valencia

Hi there!  Ryan and I got to Valencia just fine.  We spent the night in a couple of dorm rooms at the university where we’re playing tonight.  Found an internet cafe practically next door, but now I have to go because I wasted all my time reading my mail instead of blogging.  I had weird dreams last night, and my stomach feels all jumpy today.  I’m halfway across the world so it’s no wonder.

Hope I can blog again soon… wish me luck on the show tonight!

The tour begins

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Ryan and I both got here around 2:30 or so in the afternoon.  We were met at the airport by a nice young woman named Marisa.  No problems with the luggage; the guy at customs asked me if I was here for work purposes and I said yes, told him I was ‘una cantante’.  (Even though I’m not really sure that’s the right word for ‘singer’!) He had me open up my guitar and asked me if I was taking it home with me — I told him ‘por supuesto… esa guitarra es mi vida!’ He didn’t even need me to open my suitcase, which was the one with all the shirts that they might have charged me for.  Nice of them to let it slide, because every penny counts on this tour.

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WOW!!! Airport rocks

Guess what!  I’m in the Munich airport waiting for my connecting flight to Valencia.  I opened up my iBook just for kicks, found an Airport network, and got online!!!  I’m very very impressed.  Really glad I got that Airport card now.

The flight over here went fine.  They didn’t give me any trouble about my guitar case; I was a little worried about that.  I sat next to a guy from Munich named Stephane; we spent the whole flight making fun of all the other passengers.  Good times.  Now I have three hours to kill… uggghh.  I’m so tired.  It’s 2:14 in the morning for me but 8:30am or something here.  Really glad the first show isn’t until tomorrow.

I kinda doubt I’ll be able to get online this easily over the next few weeks, so if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why!

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