update and task seven for gioia

my dearest,

i wish i was still in bed. i know, it’s not that early. in fact, it’s not early at all, but i’m still tired. but being tired on monday means one has had a good weekend, right? right.

and good it was. as you already know, i unexpectedly spent a big portion of it listening to live music at the m4music festival. not having had planned to attend the festival, i wasn’t really prepared and hence didn’t know what to expect in terms of bands and musicians. i find that sometimes that makes for even better concerts, though, without all the expectations. i won’t list all of them, but maybe some of the highlights? jeans for jesus definitely belong up there, as well as sailor & i (even though he had to play much too early in the evening) and parcels (the unforgettable triangle solo). also, the slow show. because emotions – all of them. there was a lot of hugging and holding on to each other and yes, also some crying. the cathartic kind. i’m amazed every time at how music can do that. anyway, there were a lot of precious moments and i’m very glad i got to go after all.

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it was especially nice to be able to fully enjoy the weekend after working both saturday and sunday the last two weeks. and although last week was a good week in terms of uni – i really enjoyed the workshop we had – it was lovely to unwind for a bit.

oh! something else i forgot to tell you yesterday; last wednesday evening i saw schwanensee for the first time in my life. i’ve been wanting to do so for a long time and last week finally had the chance to. one of my cinema friends works as a seamstress at the opera house in zurich and knows some people there, enabling her to get top-notch tickets for wednesday’s performance. needless to say, it was lovely (i should really find an equivalent for „lovely“, i know i use it way too often). especially the scenes in the forest were beautiful to watch. i’d heard that several endings exist, so i didn’t know what to expect. ours was tragic.

…and so even though there are a ton of things to organize, things that need to get done and are constantly at the back of my mind, i’m trying to clear my schedule a bit and allow for some more time – to enjoy spring, which i’ll tell you more about next week. i’m going to ask you to do the same thing and celebrate this new season with a picnic. you can bring anything you want, but i would like you to have the picnic somewhere you’ve never been. it can be a park you’ve never been to, a rooftop, hidden between bookshelves in the library, a patch of green somewhere along the thames or whatever else you can think of. grab a blanket, food and drinks and maybe a game or a book (or both) and head on out!




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