Cara, It's such an honor to be a guest on your blog, which has served as a major resource throughout my initiation to Munich--not to mention my go-to place for recipes! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to share a bit about my Munich experience while you're off galavanting halfway around the world! ~ Betsy
It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, I was feasting on my first CONDESA burrito with a few dedicated friends who'd rallied to move me into my new Munich apartment. Having lived in a beautiful but tiny Bavarian town for the previous 5 years, I was more than ready to dive into city life. I was overwhelmed by my new abundance of options, with a range of restaurants, shops, and bars, and endless park trails within just a few blocks' radius. But as grateful as I was for the diversity of choices and relative anonymity that comes with upsizing from a town of 26,000 to a city of 1.4 million, I didn't plan to spend all my time basking in solitude.
Luckily, in the age of Toytown, InterNations, and a plethora of online dating sites, there is no lack of ways to find people with common interests in a new city, and Munich is no exception. As cliché as it sounds, transitioning to a new city gives us the chance to reinvent ourselves, take risks, and start fresh. For me, that came in the form of revisiting an old love -- singing. Although I'd never describe myself as a soloist, I always enjoyed singing with friends in my middle and high school choirs. I may have even hit an occasional karaoke night here or there.
I still remember walking into that first Wednesday-night rehearsal with butterflies in my chest, feeling like the new kid in class. But my nerves were quickly eased by the friendly, open, and relaxed atmosphere of the room. The veteran altos took no time making me feel like a part of the team that night, assuring me that reading music was not a prerequisite, as long as I could carry a tune and learn by ear. In no time, I felt like part of the family. My first housewarming was an Altos Sectional with some of my favorite women in Munich.
I couldn't agree more. Now in my fourth season with ESME, I am still loving every minute of it and feeling very fortunate for the incredible people I have met through this fantastic organization. I even met my "partner-in-crime" at my first ESME Weekend Away last spring, poised behind his double bass, who's since become an integral part of my Munich life over the past months.
In case you're looking for some great musical entertainment in the next months, we've got a couple concerts coming up in Munich: April 25 at Einstein Kultur (Reserve Tickets Here). And if you're feeling inspired to pick up your instrument again or sing it up with a fun and diverse group of people, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website: http://www.esme-ev.de/