We started out travel on June 9.
Things were smooth and going fine.
We landed on the morning of June 10
We needed to figure out where to go and when.
We stayed in the Hotel Florida Norte
And let me say, food was not their forte.
However, we did smile with glee
when we were told: “Sí, hay WiFi!”
The next day was at the Royal Palace
Sparkling and shining bright like a chalice.
After that was a masterclass
Where we learned to play with emotion and sass.
Then was a performance at the conservatory
Where Señor Fernandez interpreted our story.
The following day was seeing the sights
Looking at sculptures and buildings of great heights.
We went to see art at the famous Prado:
Goya and Velázquez deserve a big “Bravo!”
After that included the Crystal Palace
Filled with such beauty there’s no room for malice.
Then we went to a concert hall
But what we saw was not a concert at all.
It was Carmina Burana acted out crude:
Cranes, drums, singers in a very festive mood.
After that interaction with Carmina Burana
we took a trip out to Salamanca.
On arrival, however, people’s attitudes were not cool
Because the government had just come and closed down the pool.
Now without a pool, what they’d do we’d have to see
Because, unfortunately, we got terrible WiFi.
The next day was learning music and dance of tradition
We all joined together in a Groton coalition.
The weather in Salamanca, I will say I do adore
Plus cathedrals, gardens, restaurants, and the Plaza Mayor.
On Saturday the 15th, we had our Salamanca show,
That was certainly the best and that I know.
The venue was amazing.
The acoustics made great sound
We had people coming in from all around.
With good location and time of day, the crowd was quite large
Take that, Handel’s water music on a barge.
With all of our articulations and all of our runs,
We even attracted some cloistered nuns.
The trip to Seville was the very next day
And its total of 6 hours took all our time away.
However, the next day was quite filled
Concerts performed, a church-mosque visited, and good meals billed.
Despite the lack of internet, the Seville Hotel was the best
Its aesthetics have a standard to put others to the test.
For our outdoor performance, the wind decided to play a part
I guess performing outside is a different type of art.
With pages flying about, it was not advised,
But I’m certainly glad we had some music memorized.
The next day was Córdoba, which was quite hot
It had a weather scheme which the other places did not.
Later that night was the final dinner show
It was flamenco dancing that was anything but slow.
After that was the final sleep before we headed back,
Time to face the Jet-lag and get back on track.
Shout out to Luigi from World Cultural Tours.
He certainly made my week as I hope he did yours.
So now that we’re back, be sure to check out the vlog
It will show you much more than a written travel log.
Good luck to the seniors, we bid you farewell
We hope you had fun and we hope you do well.
Mr. T, the cellos worked out, until…
They got stuck at the airport in Seville
However, I’m sure that they’ll wind up in the States
I certainly think that they have that in their fates.
Through your direction, we managed to shine,
I hope I have the opportunity to do this another time
Ms. Lanier, huge respect for getting this done
It was at times a challenge, but it certainly was fun.
If we were all a trailer, Señor Fernandez was the truck
If it hadn’t been for him, we would have been stuck.
Nancy, thank you for coming along.
We appreciate your applause after every single song.
So, Hooyah, Orchestra, we’re finished at last.
It was quite the experience and certainly a blast.
Overall, this year has been quite fine;
I look forward to seeing what next year has in line.
And with that, it looks like this Groton Year is done
So, enjoy your summer, rest up and have fun.