Shopping With the King of Africa

Arad, Romania; Sunday, October 29, 2017 It dawned on all of us at the same time. I might be seen as representing Canada on this tour in Romania, and Jeff Hawaii (or arguably the USA). But John from Kenya was representing an entire continent. Wherever we went, eyes...

Selfies in the Castle

Wednesday Oct 25: Arad, Romania I’ve arrived, with Jeff and Dominique, in the small city of Arad in northern Romania. At breakfast I sit with fellow performer John, from Kenya. Nairobi, to be precise. He has already eaten, but kindly helps me figure out the coffee...

Cold Rain, Spare Coat

Budapest, October 23 October 23 is a national holiday in Hungary, commemorating the revolution of 1956 that preceded the Soviet invasion. My day begins with a leisurely buffet breakfast in the company of Jeff and Dominique, dear friends from Hawaii who are also part...

Lion’s Dumpsters

On Saturday, leaving Vancouver,  I almost but not quite leave my passport in the photocopy machine in a convenience store on West Broadway. Fetch bags, and off to the airport. It’s a long day, extended by crossing nine time zones and merging two calendar days into...

Transformers

I am sitting at the counter looking out the window when I notice distressed mutterings from the man a few seats away. I am about to head out on tour and am leaning into my coffee after a late night getting ready. The man is looking across the room at a young child who...

Chile, Birds, Soccer Balls and an Award

The life of a touring artist is a peculiar one, and it’s easy to feel isolated. I am reflecting on this in a middle school auditorium on an April morning in Santiago, Chile, as I watch a class enter the room. A gentle crowd of chatty girls, they settle into the front...