Hello Augsburg (02./03.05.2019)
It’s been 8h of travelling for me on Thursday to get to Augsburg from Wilhelmshaven and as usual with Deutsche Bahn it’s not come without hassle and running and sweat. When I had to change in Bremen my regional train had a delay of 15min and my initial change over time was 15min.
So with my suitcase, backpack and Nyckelharpa flightcase I was flying down stairs, pushing people aside and flying up stairs again. And man the train conductor if the ICE waited for all of us desperate souls even though the regional train info was “it’s not gonna wait”. My hero if the day, really.
The trainride then was okay, it was quiet and I had noone sitting next to me, so all laid back. At the station in Augsburg my aunt then picked me up and we went to her place and relaxed, my mum came around and then afterwards I went to bed pretty early because I felt sick like a dog after I had figured in the morning already that I had a fever.
The time on Friday I spent with a little walk that was cut short due to the weather and then spent the day in the warmth: hot tea, warm blanket. Mostly sleepy, and feeling sick. But no chance to now ditch the course.
Hello, Altenmünster (03.05.2019)
the headline could be “same as last year” – why? Because I have been here last year when I started Nyckelharpa, and also had Johannes Mayr as a teacher. Back then it was the total beginners course, this time the advanced beginners course.
But that’s not all yet – we are in the same course room, I am sitting at exactly the same spot as last year. Enough? No. I have my bed in the same room as last year and even the same bed as last year (just the bedlinen is a different style I guess). And last but not least – I struggle the same way as I did last time.
I know I haven’t been practicing Nyckelharpa for like 1.5-2 months now, but I was confident. But you know, I still tend to be playing with sheet music in front of my face and not by ear and looking and that’s still how he is teaching. and again I am getting frustrated by easy things because they feel so tough and I feel like I am the dumbest person in the room. At least I came here knowing I might face these struggles, still hoping they wouldn’t pop up though. it cracks my ego and I wonder if it’s the right course though I am certain it is. Somehow. Sounds totally weird, I know.
And at the same time it feels so good to have a teacher there and other players, it’s like you aren’t fighting alone anymore and that’s a good feeling. And it’s like I need that more often to keep that spark of love alive that I lately lost and that resulted in rather hanging on the couch when not training instead of playing Nyckelharpa.
Whilst I am writing this I guess most (except for few that were also tired) are still sitting in the food court room thingy having a beer, but my joints hurt, my head hurts and I feel like the fever is returning. Maybe it hadn’t even left since the morning, I don’t know. I just feel terribly weak.
What feels good though is that I turned off my mobile data – and as there is no wifi, it’s sort of a digital detox until Sunday lunchtime, more or less at least. And that was really necessary and I mean, I don’t have much time anyways for my phone xD
I usually am really social but today I prefer my sleep – tomorrow night I will be social. And not get much sleep because breakfast is at 8am. And then we’re playing until 12:30 lunchtime and then again until 6pm… And again there will be a little concert of our teachers, which is always so lovely! I really can’t wait and that’s also why I don’t wanna be dead tired tomorrow.