Tuesday, September 27


swyna in belgium with friends from vox

woo, the first school day today! ;) actually, i really liked it 'cause i really like one of my classes (the rest of them i don't go to anyway).. this one is called 'environmental protection and sustainable development' and most importantly - it's in english. today we talked about 'silent spring' - a book by rachel carson from 1962. do any of you know that book?

ok, i promised to write some stuff about the trip to belgium. well, there is more stuff to talk about.. :)

belgium> part one> the choir contest..
the main reason of going to belgium this past week was to compete in a choir contest with vox iuvenalis (the brno choir i sing in). the contest itself took place in maasmechelen, belgium. the schedule of the contest was quite busy - it started on friday and ended on monday morning. anyhow, we decided to go on a trip a day earlier so we left brno on wednesday nite and spent the whole thursday in germany. we visited bonn and colonia (koln) where i'd never been to before so that was fun. and the whole trip itself was fine 'cause we had a very good bus and great bus drivers ;) but back to my point - the contest was very good because there were the best european amateur choirs competing.. in the final results we were 7th from 10 competing mixed choirs which is not the best result but considering the quality of all the contestants it is a very good result indeed. even being chosen to participate in this contest by a jury is a big honor to our choir..

the most shocking sight ever - janka singing in a choir!! ;)
well, she actually did pretty well in sopranos when she knew the melody.. it was just fun to have her with us there.. (the picture taken during a little choir workshop that followed the contest)

belgium> part two> the braeken-martens family
the very cool part of the trip was staying with families there.. this type of accommodation is often provided at this sort of contests or various choir events.. unfortunately, there were not that many choir members that could accommodate so many of us in beringen (a village where we stayed close to maasmechelen) so they asked some friends of theirs for a help. this way the conductor, his wife, janka and me ended up staying in a family that had almost no connection to the host choir of ours.. actually, almost everyone from their family has to do something with chemistry or engineering (or both) what i found very funny while i am going to be a chemical engineer myself in less than a year..
anyhow, i just wanted to say that this family took amazing care of all four of us, shared their home with us for three nights and days and fed us the most delicious food in the world (well, at least in this part of the world :))
mr and mrs braeken-martens and wim: thank you very very much for everything!!

coming up soon..
belgium> part three> police trouble.. again..

stano almost arrested in belgium..
..sounds like tons of fun, doesn't it? :)

..well, you gotta wait for the unabridged version ;))


Joj said...

Swyna!! You're an almost convict!! ;) You're so dangerous! I don't know if my innocent little self should still be talking to someone like you!
PS My roomies and I listened to my audio tapes of Slovencina Pre Vas tonight!! SO funny. We think p, t', and ch are the hardest sounds to make, as well as dz!!

stevka said...

bad Stano, bad stano whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when the cops come for you.... :)

stano said...

well, that i most certainly don't know, stefka!!! :)
jojka, i am so sure it was funny :)) and i hope it was fun, too..

cabooga said...

oh and the suspense is killing us! =)

kel said...

Of course you can fix my hair when I marry Matt Damon!! Bethany's going to do it curly, then rat it out with it in an antique clip all on one side tomorrow for my friend Katie's performance. I'll get pics! Luv ya!

filipka said...

fajn ze si spat... aj ked mne to moze byt tak jedno ked si aj tak neni na slovensku....

Todi said...

Stano, You're studying chemical engineering? I knew chemistry, but not engineering. My dad's old job was chemical engineering... now his title is an environmental engineer.. Cool eh?
I'm glad you had a fun choir trip to Belgium!!!! It's good to know you're doing well!!! Jodi

stano said...

well, sort of a chemical engineering.. my major is chemistry and technology of environmental protection but i also took 2 semesters of chemical engineering and my title after i graduate will be a chemical engineer.