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Baden-(Spa)den

Guten tag, Germany!

Tonight we open for our one week stay in the quaint town of Baden-Baden. Although it is not one of the more glamorous towns we visit, it is shaping up to be an exciting one full of really really old history and newer legacies.

Quick breakdown:
Baden-Baden is a spa town. One of the main attractions is the slew of Roman bath houses and contemporary spas. I have yet to venture into one (holding out til Thursday!) but a few cast members have already gone and their skin and stories are straight out of a travel-book fantasy.

Another fun fact is that the Black Forest Ham we know and love is manufactured and extracted exclusively from the Black Forest bordering the town. It makes the cold cut sound so mysterious.

This town is also so small, that the only laundry business around closed down a while ago. For those of us counting on it, this was not great news to arrive to with a suitcase full of dirty socks. So if you need me I’ll be decorating our room with hand wash. More details and adventures to come!
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Today is our last day in Zurich. Tomorrow we leave for Munich and begin the final stretch of tour. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s recap the last few weeks.

This special group of pics come from the Carnival Parade in Luzern. Switzerland was full of Carnival events to celebrate before lent, kind of their Mardi Gras and we came just in time for this one. Fun fact: “carnival” comes from the words “carne” and “vale” meaning “meat-leaves”. The festivities have been happening all over Europe and if this was a typical one, a visit to Italy’s is now a new edition to my bucket list.

The whole town was celebrating with events scheduled from 5am until very late in the evening. Crowds of costumes everywhere and the smell of fondue mixed with competing brass bands made for an exciting and slightly overwhelming day.

Everyone was in costume but unlike the Halloween basics of variations on playboy bunnies and Freddy we have come to know and love, the mask work seemed like it took months to prepare. We later learned that each float in the parade was sponsored by a city guild and each had their own political statement to make. Maybe that was why we were the only ones cheering for the band dressed in American Flags and Obama masks…

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Our fantastic company management team took notice of how much Thanksgiving means to us Americans and put together a special dinner for us. They worked in conjunction with the hotel manager who happened to spend some time in the states. He was very excited to celebrate another and really pulled out the stops to make sure we had an authentic meal with nothing missing.

Although we all took breaks to call/Skype family back home, it was a warm night of food and west side family. Many in our German stage crew and Slovakian orchestra were experiencing it for the first time. The holidays are about sharing anyway and there was not a crumb left in sight.