Home Again, Home Again…
Gabe Glass

Well good evening my multiple fans who have been keeping up with the blogs! It’s officially the last night of tour, because tomorrow we hop on a plane and head back to good ol’ Indiana! It’s been an incredible journey, and I feel especially honored to have had the chance to write this blog and keep everyone up to date with our activities. It’s been a learning experience, both writing wise, and it’s also really helped me take in everything Germany has to offer. From concerts to tours, breakfasts to dinners, it’s been my pleasure to be your online guide to the Valparaiso University Chorale Germany Tour 2010. Enough of the generalities though, let’s talk about what we’ve been up to today!

It was an extremely early morning for us today, with roll call beginning at 7:30 a.m. It was our last chance to sing in the beautiful St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, so although we were all pretty tired from the past two weeks, I would say we put our all into this last performance. It was the last chance a lot of us would be able to sing with the group of seniors who recently graduated, so I know the music impacted me deeper than ever before. It was somewhat of a sobering feeling, coming from such an excited high of being on tour in Europe and having the world at our feet to a crashing end as two weeks fly by and we have to say goodbye to our friends. I have made many unexpected friendships in the past two weeks, some with seniors, and I can honestly say I’m sad to see a lot of them go because I just began realizing what wonderful people they are. Goodbyes are always the hardest part, but I know it’s not the last time I’ll see these people. The atmosphere, setting, music scores and ages may never be duplicated, but the memories will never fade, and there will always be more chances to make even greater ones.

This entire tour has been an incredibly maturing process. I feel like I have grown as a person in many different ways by coming to Germany and experiencing music at it’s finest with some of the greatest musicians and friends I have. Having the opportunities that I have has made me realize how blessed my life is, and how I should take advantage of the little things in life. It’s times like these that help me see how important people are in your life, and how every moment needs to be treasured, because time flys, especially when you’re having fun. Just as quickly as the final service began, we were driving the three hour drive to Berlin. When we arrived, we were given time to unwind and say goodbye to Germany, and soon we’ll be back in our own beds in our homes in the United States of America.

I really hope this blog has been helpful to you all in keeping up with everyone here in Germany. There’s one last detail of today that I would never let slip in my final blog! Tonight, as a final meal, we went to a large restaurant that was in a sort of shopping center. We were first served salad, filled with mixed greens and large chunks of veggies like green pepper, tomato and cucumber. Then came the main course, which was absolutely amazing. We were given individual plates, and then a large platter, covered with sauerkraut, potatoes and mixed vegetables, was topped with two lamb shanks, a sort of ham bone, sliced beef, sausages, and gravy. It was a meat lover’s meal of champions, and it was absolutely delicious! Plenty of food to go around, and it’s obvious that the Chorale was fed well their last night in Germany. The dessert was also quite good, consisting of a pancake-type pastry, powdered sugar, apple sauce and an orange slice. The pancake was a bit denser and thicker than normal pancakes, and also had raisins scattered inside. It wasn’t too sweet, but just sweet enough to satisfy the still hungry dessert stomach we all have inside!

With the food blog out of the way, I think it’s time for me to sign off of Germany 2010 Blog Posts for good. Like I said before, it has been an honor and privilege writing about the trip, and I hope it’s been entertaining for all of you to read. I’m sure as the Chorale keeps touring and traveling, there will be more student bloggers recruited to talk about the adventures of the group both on stage and off. Maybe you may even take your children for a vacation in Europe because of how thorough and wonderful these blogs have been from myself and Abby Lange! All kidding aside though, thank you for embarking on this wonderfully life-changing journey with me. Until the next tour, bis spaeter!

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May 20: Concert - Leipzig, Lutherkirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 23: Service - Seyda (10 a.m.) and Gentha (1 p.m.)
May 24: Concert – Rottenburg am Neckar, Wallfahrtskirche Weggental (7 p.m.)
May 25: Choral Workshop – Rottenburg am Neckar (9:30 a.m.)
May 26: Concert - Bernburg, Schlosskirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 27: Concert - Köthen, St. Agnus kirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 28 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (5 p.m.)
May 29 - Cantata - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (3 p.m.)
May 30 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche 10 (a.m.)