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Published: October 14th 2005
Me at Frankfurt airport(self portrait)
Here I am ...tired, having a coffee in Frankfurt airport...I had missed my connection, but still managed to smile...what a trooper! The flight from Dulles Washington arrived so close to my connection that after running across this HUGE airport, I missed my flight to Graz, so I had to wait 5 hours.
I spent 5 weeks in Graz, Austria this past summer. I had never spent so much time in Austria before, and it was rather lovely. Graz is a wonderful little city, over 850 years old it is the capital of the Austrian province of Steiermark (Styria). Its beautifully restored Altstadt (Old City), it is the largest in Europe and all this makes it an architectural treasure. Steiermark has a beautiful and varied landscape ranging from magnificent mountains for hiking to green hillsides and valleys for food and wine production. The long and rich cultural tradition of Graz and Steiermark dates back to the 14th century when Graz was the residence of the Austrian Emperor. That tradition continues today through the Opernhaus (Opera House), Schauspielhaus (Drama Theatre), the excellent concert halls, and an exciting and creative concert calendar.
I was with a program called AIMS in Graz (American Institute of Musical Studies). I was on Faculty working with young singers, I am a vocal coach. It was a wonderful work environment and it was very good for all involved to practice their German and be submersed in the culture.
I did some sight seeing, but not too much, the schedule
May as well have some breakfast!
Typical European breakfast...and oh, is the coffee good!!! Fortunately Frankfurt airport is big and had many little coffee stands. I decided to sit and have some breakfast. Good news is, it is hard to find bad coffee or bad bread in Europe, so this, was delicous!
was hectic, but here is a short diary of my summer, hope you enjoy it!
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