Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on April 24, 2006
Yesterday was Earth Day, and I couldn’t help but think that I’m about to have a much better idea about just what the Earth is. I’m going to be living on the other side of it in three months.
I play in the New Moon Orchestra, Pittsburgh’s Chinese orchestra. Today is our premier concert — meaning that today is the first time we’re playing an entire concert of our own — at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Yes, that’s right, today is my Carnegie Hall debut, lol!
In all seriousness, I had a huge wave of nerves sweep over me as I sat backstage after our dress rehearsal this morning, wearing my pastel blue Chinese blouse, listening to my Chinese orchestra colleagues bantering in Chinese.
In 26 days I graduate (with my master’s), and as early as two weeks later I’ll start my Chinese language training. My application forms had a place for me to sign saying that if accepted I’ll do my very best to speak NO ENGLISH once the first class begins.
I wrote more than 300 blog posts during my year in Taipei, Taiwan. I don’t know yet how many of those posts I’ll recreate on MilliGFunk.com, but for now, at least, you can come back each Thursday for a #ThrowbackThursday to my #YearInTaipei.