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Doing What Needs to Be Done!

Monday August 29th 2016

It took another 2 hours to get from Sutton to London Blackfriars. Even though we knew we’d have to take the bus, it was still hard. Too much for not enough reward. I was also frustrated about two things I wasn’t getting a response about and it was driving me nuts. There was a guitarist playing at the spot who we’d never seen before. He kept playing and playing until Thoth went over and said we were queuing. He didn’t say when he’d be finished. We both assumed he wouldn’t follow the hour and a half play rule as he’d probably already been playing there for hours beforehand.

After an hour and a half passed. I motioned to him to see if he was done. He kind of mocked my motion as if he wasn’t done. He got out a cigarette and came over to us. I told him it’s normal for people to play an hour and a half, then switch off with someone who is waiting. “Do I look like a normal person?” he said stupidly. I wanted to say, “Yes. I’ve seen your act everywhere in the world.” but instead I said, “It’s just nice to let others play.” For some reason, he did let us play but called us an “American Freak Show.” Who the f*** knows why. I muttered how I didn’t like being called a freak show. What a jerk.

This girl who sings opera came over to watch us. She loves our music. She met Thoth when I’d gone to see James last week. She told us she had arguments with guitarist man. “He plays and plays so he doesn’t have to talk to people and he never wants to share.” she said. So we were right about him. We played less than an hour. Our voices and bodies were too tired. We had crowds for the first half, but they died down after an hour. Oh well. We finished with “Scottish Song” to a crowd of maybe one person, who clapped. I didn’t care because I was happy we did it. “We did it.” I said when we finished, kissing Thoth. We did what we needed to do. We even sold two CDs. We immediately went into the train station to go home, knowing it would take another 2 hours to get back to Sutton. We need to live closer to, or better yet, in Central London when we visit next August. We’ll never play at Blackfriars again, but it did get us through this our first try in London.

We went to a delicious Indian restaurant near home. It was a satisfying ending to a very hard, but very successful day. When we got home, I got two emails with exciting things. I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Sunday August 28th 2016

We decided not to go into the city to play at Blackfriars today. It was cold and rainy and the trains still weren’t running from Sutton, making it a two hour, very boring and seemingly pointless trip. Instead we hung out in the house until 2pm and then went for food and drinks at a pub with Kaja and Emil. I tried not to get upset about not going to play. It was 5pm by the time we were done. The day got away with us. I’m glad. I never enjoy days when we’re not playing and I know we should. We’ll go play tomorrow, even though the trains still won’t be running. Ugh. It’ll be the last time we’ll have to take that trip.

Saturday August 27th 2016

We got out of the house by 2pm. Decent timing, or so we thought. The train from Sutton wasn’t running, again. It didn’t run last Sunday and it took for f***ing ever to get to London Blackfriars. I was pissed off knowing we’d have to take the shaky, vomit-inducing bus instead. I practically threw my violin on the floor I was so mad. I do get upset when things don’t go as planned, and that happens a lot in my life.

We got to Blackfriars at 2pm. It took 2 hours to get there. Ridiculous! We most definitely will be staying nearer to London next time. That kind of long transit makes us miserable. We had to wait another 2 hours to play because the bassist was playing. I was really frustrated. We played an hour and a half. It was ok, but the space isn’t that great for us we’ve found. At least we know now where we need to live and where we shouldn’t play. Next year we’ll audition to play at Covent Garden. That could be the place for us. James and I saw an opera singer there last week and he had a huge crowd. We would blow everyone away.

We walked to Waterloo station to have sushi at Wasabi and then took another 2 hour trip home. That one wasn’t as bad because I took something to keep me from getting motion sick. What would I do without my little Bunny? We can make our way through any problem. We just do what needs to be done!

Our Flight to Lisbon

Tuesday May 17th – Thursday May 19th 2016

At the airport.

I didn’t sleep at all. I never sleep before a day I know is going to be tough. We had to get up at 5am. Sis was sleeping upstairs, but I didn’t want to wake her.

We got an Uber to SFO. We had to pay extra because Thoth’s bag was overweight. We went through security and got to our gate in plenty of time. The flight boarded on time, but we had to get off and were delayed 3 hours because of a technical problem. We were scared we would miss our flight from Boston to Lisbon.

Delayed.

Delayed.

When we landed in Boston at 9pm, someone met us (and 12 other passengers) at the gate and led us to our flight. We barely made it. We had to fly 4 hours, land on an island to refuel, and then fly another 2 hours to Lisbon. We were in the air for 10 hours. It was horrible, as flying always is.

Flying...

Flying…

More flying...

Still flying…

At the end both Thoth and I started panicking. It sucks to be stuck in a position where you aren’t comfortable, can’t move and can’t sleep. We made it to Lisbon at 12 noon on May 18th.

Through border control.

Through border control!

We got to the apartment in Chiado and Rui was waiting for us. He brought our bags upstairs and we settled into our room. I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, but we got some things at the Chinese store and went to see Victor at our performance spot, 56 Rua Garrett. He and the manager (I don’t know his name) welcomed us back and said we were welcome to play. That cheered us up.

We got some raspberries and strawberries at a fruit cart on the street and rested at home before dinner. We had dinner at our favorite Nepalese place down the street and I fell into bed at 10pm.

I slept until 3:30 today. We feel at home here. Tomorrow (Friday May 20th) we play at 56 58 60 Rua Garrett starting around 8pm for one and a half to two hours, depending on how we feel.

Vlogs coming soon…