• 28 Jul 2010 /  General Blogging 3 Comments

    Hey everyone!

    This is the start of a two month long tour with the following schedule:

    Beijing, China – Spending around 8 days at the International Society of Music Educators World Conference. I will be giving a Workshop, showcasing the teaching technique that we have developed in amaAmbush. I am also going to be sure to go to the Great Wall of China, and see the local attractions.

    I then fly straight to Sweden, and meet up with Peta Axelson from the Zimba Marimba band. I will be doing some workshops and performances at their marimba festival in Stockholm. I will be joined by the St. Josephs marimba band as well as amaAmbush performer and teacher, Zama Qambi.

    From there I fly back to China, and then home to South Africa.

    I then spend eight days at home before returning to Stockholm with amaAmbush Abantwana. This is a group of specially selected amaAmbush marimba students who will be performing for the Queen of Sweden.

    As soon as I arrive back in Cape Town after that trip, I board a plane for Johannesburg and then am off to Zambia to kayak and raft the mighty Zambezi River, and spend a few days on a house boat above the falls.

    What an incredible experience this is all going to be! I will do my best to keep you all posted throughout the next two months.

    I was driven to the airport this morning by Tracy at 04h00. Thanks so much. I feel you day must have been as long as mine!

    A nice surprise was that the Parlotones were on the same flight as me. They are heading to do a tour of Germany. I have shared the stage with these guys, so it was great to see them again.

    I am now sitting in the airport in Dubai. It was an amazing experience to  get off the plane and walk into a wall of hot, dry desert air. It truly feels like an oven.

    Love to everyone back home. Hopefully the next time you hear from me I will be in China!

    Peace

    Posted by amaAmbush @ 9:18 pm

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3 Responses

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  • Tracy Says:

    Halfway there! So rad that ur in Dubai! :)

  • Mum Says:

    Hi Ross
    Have been baking birthday cake and pizzas with Sarah in anticipation of the girls’ 18th tomorrow. They are still up – half past 10 – waitng for midnight! Glad travels so far are good and keep up he comments and blogs.
    Love ya
    Mum

  • Sha Johnson Says:

    Hi Ross
    China sounds amazing and a real culture shock indeed. We are staggering to bed at 10 pm after a wonderful party where the girls had lots of friends and family. Granny, Brent and Orla, Christine, Phil, Nick and Richard were amongst the guests! I am exhausted. i have had a full day at work and then made the actual pizzas with Sarah (we prepared the bases last night a la jamie oliver) and Dad made boerewors rolls. There was so much to eat and drink! The girls have gone clubbing for the first time officially but have a maths test tomorrow so hope things are not too hectic. Thanks for phoning. They seemed to appreciate the thought! I have to be at the hairdresser at 7.30 tomorrow before work so had better get some sleep. Love you lots from this side of the world.
    x Mum

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