Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fall back, spring forward

Weather got cold, and we've got exams next week. I'm still trying to live a renaissance life by keeping in touch with the fun part of life even though the pressure is on... Back pain struck with a vengeance and made me nervous, but it's calmed down now and I've made the effort to really hit the books. Spent all weekend studying, but still managed to find some random pianos around town.

This one was in front of the Zumba class!

This one was in Chinatown. A woman was playing it really nicely...

After she left, someone else came up with sheet music and started playing some more. As she walked away, I could see that she used a cane. It gave me a sort of strange, hopeful yet melancholy feeling, to hear such beautiful music, a work of art really, and then see how she had to walk slowly and rely on a cane, a visual which brought me back to reality, as she might be somebody I might treat in a physio clinic...

Here's a moment from today's studying marathon- we were up in the classroom practicing on each other- do you remember those long days of studying in groups, when by the end of the day everybody is so tired yet slightly pleased that you've done so much work, that you get delirious and someone says something and everyone just cracks up laughing? It wasn't necessarily this shirt, it might have been the Friday video on youtube sung by Jon Stewart, but I just got a kick out of Eike's shirt...
(The grey bear's luggage says "I Love Beach")

On the way home I swung by the Botanic Gardens, something I should do more often.
I was greeted by a kookaburra bird- and he flew right up to me again as I was leaving and posed nicely for this photo before flying up to sit in a tree next to another kookie bird. He was like a cartoon bird, kind of big and heavy, with a big neck and a very human gaze, looking right at me.

And later I ran into this guy, Carolus Linnaeus

This garden felt so nice, so green, so massive with trees and foliage, quiet and peaceful. Someone was playing piano in there too, I just didn't find them. I could hear it though, it was unreal. That combined with the kookaburra bird made me feel like I walked into Alice in Wonderland.

And then when I got home, I ran into another kind of bird! ;-)

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