Archive for January, 2011

More to Come

Everyone is safely back home (with the exception of a few who are staying in Europe for some additional time, like one student who is studying abroad in Florence for Spring Semester). And, after a weekend of some jet-lag recovery, more will be posted here through at least Feb. 12, 2011, the date of the […]

Homeward Bound . . .

“Homeward Bound” is one of the songs in the Gustavus Choir Tour repertoire. Today (Friday, Jan. 28, 2011) the song’s theme was a lived experience. Starting at 3:30 a.m. in Venice, the choir and companions began the journey home. It took a boat ride and three flights. Now it’s 6:25 p.m. Central Standard Time and […]

Scratching the Surface

Barely scratching the surface is a phrase that comes to mind today (Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011). So much has been seen and done and yet there’s even more unseen and undone in Italy (not to mention the rest of the world in which we live). On the last day in Venice, the city of peace […]

In Venezia (via Verona)

We are now on the final leg of the Gustavus Choir’s Italian Tour 2011 and last night we arrived in Venezia — the beautiful canal city and guide Elisabetta’s hometown. (Where she has graciously shared her office and Internet connection with me to keep you all abreast of our journey!) Coming to Venice is an […]

Buonissimo Cucina

The 2011 Italy Tour is “exceeding expectations,” according to tour participants. One specific area where there is universal agreement of surpassing expectations is cucina Italiana (Italian cuisine). But that’s no surprise as it is part of the culture. “Eating and drinking is a major pleasure,” explains guide and Venice native Elisabetta. She and Rome native […]

P is for Privilege

Before performances the Gustavus Choir often has “Building Block,” which is a brief “team huddle” where a student shares his or her personal reflection for pre-concert inspiration and team building. Prior to today’s (Sunday,  Jan. 23, 2011) concert in Florence at Santa Maria dei Ricci, tenor Wes Baish ’13 talked about privilege. Recalling his youth […]

Amazing Architecture

Written by Ben Batz ’12 (tenor) “Add one more thing to the list of romantic aspects of Italy! Beyond the language, the people, and the food, the architecture that surrounds us on a daily basis is enough to stop you in your tracks and force you to adopt a slow pace while you’re out and […]

Assisi Pilgrimage

Being in Assisi feels like being in another time. The entire city is constructed of stone and most of it is a “fleshy pink” colored brick from the area (reminiscent of the Minnesota River Valley Kasota stone present in some Gustavus Adolphus College buildings). The architecture of Assisi ranges from Medieval (Rocca Maggiore) and Romnesque […]

Moving on to Assisi via Orvieto

After riding a Sorrento concert high, the Gustavus group (unfortunately) had a very early morning wake up call and departure from the beautiful, music-loving seaside community. On the buses heading north on the first rainy day of the tour, the initial experience was waiting in a long traffic jam (which gave most passengers extra sleeping […]

Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Concert

“Buona sera! Mi chiamo Rebecca Hohag. As a junior at Gustavus, this Gustavus Choir trip is my first time abroad. Needless to say, I am soaking up every possible opportunity in Italia! This “soaking up” includes sharing the music we love, sharing good food together, and challenging myself to step outside (or rather, speak outside) […]