Although I took three planes to get to Zürich, the flight from Washington to Zürich was only eight hours, and it was easy compared to the flight to Taiwan: I read and ate, then slept and ate. Woohoo, made it!
Then I made a mistake. I should have known that no matter in Taipei or in Tokyo, in New York or in Rome, the foods or the drinks would be both bad and expensive in the airport. I was hurried to get a cup of mocha and a croissant right after I got my luggage, and I wouldn't admit my failure in decision until I was holding the cup of coffee on the train and still did not want to have another sip of it. I threw it away.
But, yo there, KKL Luzern, I saw you as I was waking up from the long journey, and I started to think about Simon Rattle, Unsuk Chin, Matthias Pintscher and, of course, Pierre Boulez. I am going to see all these people! I said to myself.
This city struck me as artsy and tidy immediately, also my host family was so nice and the view was so gorgeous that I almost forgot the reason I came here. After a plate of tomato penne and a little grocery shopping, I sat down with the full schedule for the festival in order to filter out my own schedule. Ouch! I was not believing it when I got to next Thursday: it looked like I would have seven-hour rehearsals on that day! Think about how pianists do not have obligations in Aspen. This schedule scared me for almost five minutes before I could calm down and continue.
Anyways, I did survive my jetlag until dinner time. My host mom cooked a Swiss specialty for me, the Zürcher Geschnetzeltes: Sliced Veal accompanied by my favorite potato variation - hash browns - and well seasoned Broccoli. The creamy sauce seemed to be the key. It was not like pasta sauce which provides the taste, but rather it enhances the taste. I really liked this new try of the dish!
Rehearsals will start tomorrow, even if I still don't know how I am gonna play my part. Please wish me luck for the next three weeks!