14 July 2013
Andrew went exploring yesterday while I was in rehearsal for the concert. When he came back, he said The lake was your favorite color, and as clear as glass. He took some pictures to prove it, but only two — because then he jumped in and swam away the afternoon in it.
Neuchatel is as beautiful as I was expecting. There’s a quote somewhere that the yellow-gold color of the buildings led the author to assert that it looks like it has been carved from butter:
When we got off the plane on Friday, Andrew asked Where are the mountains? I thought Switzerland had mountains, and this feels quite flat. I was expecting the same thing, but then I know that the Alps don’t run throughout the whole country. We’re in the lake district of Switzerland instead. And the lakes are friggin gorgeous. I could definitely live here.
Things we have been discussing during our trip:
- Strollers for children (bulky) vs. Babygami (more natural? more intimate?)
- How “Karis” is Andrew’s new favorite girls’ name.
- That we would like to retire to a tiny town in the middle of a beautiful country, with a small house and a friendly community.
- The Flinch. This book is amazing.
- Exploring, how we explore, when and why we explore.
I kept saying, I am so happy right now. Partly to note it, and partly to name it. The sun, the water, the buildings, and the music — We walked around town hearing strains of people playing the accordian, guitars, saxophones, singing. We said Maybe this city would not be as poignant if there wasn’t music playing. When we were rehearsing in the Chapel for the concert, a lot of people walked in and sat down to listen. It brought tears to my eyes in a few different moments because the music was beautiful and because I was creating the atmosphere for these perceptions. I was adding, in those moments, to what made the Chapel so beautiful. Music is a vessel for meaning. It deepens experience. I so firmly believe that.
And the fountains — T.! You can drink water from the fountains! Any fountain is potable water unless it says non potable. We filled up our water bottles and it was absolutely delicious.
Today, we’re singing the morning service at the Chapel in Neuchatel, then getting on the bus for 4 hours or so, and this afternoon we’ll be in Freiburg, Germany, singing at the Sankt Peter Basilica tonight. I hope the internet situation is as good as it was here =).