Things I Miss in China:
So, the reality is that there is probably no better class that I could be taking right now to get myself back into shape after being on tour for so long. One of my qualms with coming to China was that I had been really looking forward to just living in the city, taking a ton of dance classes and voice lessons, and getting fierce for the next big audition season. But this — this will do the trick just fine.
Only retro inasmuch as I wrote this blog on the plane heading to Shanghai, but couldn’t post it due to lack o’ internet. Here she is.
It’s about halfway through the flight to Shanghai, and I think we’re somewhere near the top of the world. At least that’s what it looks like on the map. Jackie thought we’d fly west, I thought we’d fly east, Ryan thought we’d fly right up and over the top. Ryan was right. (Sidebar: Anyone ever see that episode of The West Wing where there’s a committee that wants to flip the map of the world upside-down, because they claimed that once upon a time someone just randomly decided that north was up, and there’s nothing that says north can’t be down? Intense. Think about it…)
(Oooh! Another sidebar: I’m watching Mulan on the in-flight tv. Isn’t “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” a freakin’ awesome song? When they sing a cappella in unison octaves at the end?!? Gah!! Men’s voices in a choral setting drive me out of my mind. In the good way.)
Anyhoo, when we got on the plane today, they were playing James Taylor’s version of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma! I thought it was a good sign. And aside from some questionable “steak” that they served for dinner, that’s all I have to report.
off to china tomorrow — heading from Newark to Shanghai, nonstop. i’m sort of all turned around and not sure whether i’m coming or going; these last 2 weeks in the nyc have sort of felt like i’m still on tour and just waiting to go to the next city. i’m crossing my fingers for drawers in our hotel rooms in shanghai. it would blow my mind to open a drawer and see my clothes in it! drawers and hangers. that’s all this girl really needs.
sooo… say a prayer, if you don’t mind, that we all have safe travels and take care of each other. this, for sure, is going to be an adventure.
gen wo lai!!