With the Chamber orchestra (now 13 students), we got some good, if slow, work done this morning. Concentrated rehearsing of the Bach Air, and some revisiting of Eine kleine, Piotr's piece, and the Vivaldi concerto. Even starting 25 minutes late, and with an extended break, you can get a lot done in a 9am-1pm rehearsal!
Nearly everything closes on Friday afternoons, so we went to the local mall - mostly deserted save for a neat cafe on the top floor. Finally - coffee! (Kawa, in Kurdish, which was lost on our Arabic-speaking waiter.)
Walking back to the hotel and spying what looked like a park, I was seized by a need to go walkabout.
We went up the mountain - it could easily be Los Angeles - same kind of high hills with lightly scrubby vegetation. But with families cooking food on camp-fires.
On the way, we drove past a theme park, looks amazing!
Another rambling post... Time to rest - tomorrow there's the morning rehearsal, then a 4pm Conducting class! Looking forward to meeting more students!