…Pattaya I go! But first: whew… there is something to be said of a good exhaustion. The last week or so was quite the busy, as a friend would say, but I was quite happy in the things that were covered. The double-edged bit about teaching is that you can be a great influence, but only if students put in their part as well, and it was a pleasant surprise to find one young student who had the patience and concentration to spend the better part of one and half hours just perfecting playing open strings. And yes the cat-tossing conducting was fun too.
The next week will be spent with the Chulalongkorn University Viola Ensemble – comprising some twenty-something violists. A good opportunity, and a precedent of sorts since varsity politics have not allowed for collaboration till now. And soon after that it’ll be off to Pattaya as one of the two international teachers to facilitate a summer music camp. It’s not exactly a holiday, but there’ll be some change of atmosphere and the chance to R&R. This will bring to six the places I’ve been on the university’s bill: Hua Hin, Cha Am, Phuket, Chiang Rai/Myanmar, Ayudhya and of course, Bangkok, leaving Hadyai and Samui as things to do.
As for tomorrow; it’s one of my favorite regular activities: active economic resource management and asset redistribution (better known as shopping).