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The importance of experiencing your hobby while traveling

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Singing brings me peace. It’s one of the few things I do that puts me into a flow state of mind, where I stop thinking, and just do.I was reminded of this today after a very interesting day in Vienna.

This city really surprised me. It had always been on my radar as a place I would like to visit, but it was never top of my list. In fact, two years ago when we were backpacking through Europe we had planned to see Vienna but ran out of time, so we ended up skipping it. I wasn’t particularly disappointed then, but today I was absolutely blown away by this grandiose, immaculate, and incomparably musical city. I didn’t know what I was missing!

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Then as the day progressed my allergies started really acting up and I was sneezing so much with blurry eyes and an itchy face that I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful city around me. In the evening, we drove two hours away to a small town outside of Vienna to sing at a monastery. I was feeling so crappy that the last thing I felt like doing was singing an hour-long concert.

I was beginning to feel quite sick when the concert started, and then a few songs in I completely lost myself. My sinuses cleared up and before I knew it I felt thrilled to be singing for this lovely Austrian audience that was so appreciative of our performance. I’ll never know if the severity of my allergies decreased because I was finally indoors, or if the fact that it was getting worse was just in my head the whole time (probably the latter). Either way it doesn’t matter to me. I was so relieved to feel better, and sing in this exquisite church in Austria. The monastery even threw us a reception after the concert!

All in all, this day transitioned from frustrating to joyful. On your travels, I encourage you to experience that which is most familiar, in the most unfamiliar of places. It is then that we can find comfort and pleasure in the most stressful of times. Singing is that for me, and tonight I was grateful to have it, and to be able to share in the unparalleled way that music bonds people together.

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