WE'RE OFF!! Taking advantage of the four weeks of paid symphony leave here to pop back to the States for a few weeks of R&R (kind of) for me, workworkwork for Don. I'm quite excited to get back to a land where I understand things. I'll probably make a clarifying, inquiring phone call or two to a restaurant or dry cleaners -- "what time do you close?" "do you serve ham?" "are you wheelchair accessible?" "do you have Jack Daniels in a bottle?"-- just because I can. It will be nice, though, to return to the tranquility of village life after a few weeks, I'm sure. Here's a little tableau from the other morning: sheet music (still waiting for Don's music stands, in cargo), sail boat, candles. Aaah.