This morning began with a train ride from Aachen, Germany to Hannover, by way of Cologne. . .
Above is a picture of Cologne Cathedral, which I only got to see out the window of a train.
Hannover is where Lindsborg native and SVHS graduate, Jennifer Lindshield, is performing in a show titled, “WET.” Jennifer was a featured soloist at the Messiah Festival during my first year back at Bethany and has been living and performing in Europe for a number of years. We had communicated via FaceBook about the possibility of catching up while I was in Germany and, when I was researching train routes to Leipzig last night one of the routes went through Hannover. So, I decided to spend today (Thursday) in Hannover and see her show!
She met me at the train station and showed me to city centre before she had to leave to prepare for her show.
But first, I had to find a hotel. I knew my train to Leipzig was leaving VERY early on Friday so I was looking for something cheap. This fit the bill. . .
I had two hours to kill so I decided to find some fine dining. . .
Now THAT is what I am talking about. Best meal I’ve yet had on this trip and it was 4,50 Euros.
I toured the downtown area and happened to run into a familiar face. . .
I have seen so many pictures, statues, etc. . . of Mr. Luther that I am beginning to wonder if I should have a daily segment of “selfies with Martin” on the blog. My guess is that he won’t be as prominent during my visit to Slovakia, but you never know!
Soon after I took the U-Bahn to the GOP building where the show WET was playing, featuring Jennifer Lindshield.
Upon entering I was greeted by Erwinn (not to be confused with her significant other, Erwan!) who is in charge of the house. Erwinn is a wonderful man who is experienced in the business and was happy to show me great hospitality. Here he is with Jennifer. . .
Jennifer and Erwinn got me a seat to the sold out show. How do I describe “WET-The Show?” Take Cirque du Soleil, add a portion of stand-up comedy, more than a dash of wonderful classical operatic singing, a contortionist, some bathtubs and a whole bunch of water, and that may begin to describe the show. It was outstanding, and Jennifer was tremendous! Here is a panoramic photo of the theater itself, taken from my seat before the performance. . .
The show has been sold out for quite some time so I got there early and was lucky to be able to grab a seat.
Erwinn gave me permission to take one photo (without flash) so here it is, Jennifer standing in a bathtub singing beautifully 🙂
After the show I had the opportunity to chat with Jennifer some more and meet her friends in the show. VERY talented people. I tried to go to sleep in preparation for my early train ride to Leipzig, where I will attend church at Bach’s church in the morning and hear a portion of his Christmas Oratorio, and yet I am still awake. At this point I might as well stay up! Until tomorrow. . .