i had an absolutely fantastic time in the netherlands! it was my first time leaving france since we moved here! (meanwhile, he’s been all over the world…lucky…) but i went to see him hit with blitz the ambassador at the north sea jazz festival in rotterdam (officially my favorite music festival - i went years ago, but this has definitely solidified it - can’t wait until we’re headlining there!). but since i was so close to amsterdam, i decided to spend the day in amsterdam with great friends! amsterdam is an absolutely beautiful city filled with canals and “coffee shops” and “window shopping”…i didn’t take part in all of the things that amsterdam is known for, but i had a wonderful day with fantastic tour guides!
then we drove down to rotterdam for the festival. and since i snuck in with the band and got an artist wrist band, i had all-access, and saw ron carter and christian scott and a bunch of other big names at dinner. and saw trombone shorty and jill scott perform. but of course, my favorite was blitz’s performance - and this was my favorite of the 4 i’ve seen! the vibe was so spiritual and it was sooo much fun! and then at the after party, robert glasper and co. were chillin (and i fell asleep standing up, i couldn’t hang…)
but we stayed at the festival hotel in the hague and i shook hands with seun kuti the following day! and then i made my way back to paris all by myself. i was very proud of myself, as this was my first time being somewhere where i didn’t even almost understand the language, but i didn’t want to leave! it also helped solidify my french and i remembered my first french dream on the train ride back, and i kept speaking to people in french instead of english - which is weird because they speak english much better than the french do. but it was profound to feel at home when i heard french. like yesss…i know what people are saying!
but this tour is over and another one starts up in a couple of weeks, but first, a week with the in-laws: our first visitors! it’s our turn to play tour guides! :D