October 03, 2008

Three things:

1. Darbuka
Yesterday (well, officially, since last week) I started my latest experiment: I'm now learning how to play the darbuka. It is an Arabic drum, played with your hands - so in a way similar to an African djembe.
I was exhausted on my way there, and could only think I'd made a big mistake. The place where the course is at is at night, at least an hour away from work, and my house is in the middle. Not exactly smartly located.
But I left with lots of new energy and excited about everything that has been going on. Great feeling!

2. 2 & 3 October
I really don't fit in this town - I almost hate these two dates, but they are on which the biggest party in my town gets celebrated. Despite the bad weather, it took me half an hour to get home tonight (instead of the 7-minute bike ride) trying to find my way through drunken, screaming people and through neon lights and lots of noise. Ugh. One more day to go.

3. Travel (hey, why not)
Actually, it's work. I'm working on a project next to my regular day job which is great to do, very challenging, but very fun and I'm learning a lot from it. I had considered the possibility of travelling as part of it but it didn't really seem probable. Until a colleague of mine from this department that I'm working for starting talking about it himself. Hmmmm. Unfortunately the best opportunity clashes with another work trip (woe is me...) but I'm definitely going to work something out for this! India, here I come :-)

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