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John Koen


22 Blog Entries
9 Trips
135 Photos

Trips:

Philadelphia Orchestra U.S. Tour (2007)
Bulgaria
Summer '07
12 hours in Minneapolis
Asia Tour 2008
2011 European Festivals Tour
John Koen's Travel Blog
Summer 2011
John Koen's Travel Blog

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Osaka

Osaka, Japan


to be filled later


permalink written by  John Koen on May 24, 2008 from Osaka, Japan
from the travel blog: Asia Tour 2008
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Starting

Philadelphia, United States


Flight to Tokyo

permalink written by  John Koen on May 20, 2008 from Philadelphia, United States
from the travel blog: Asia Tour 2008
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waiting in the plane

Philadelphia, United States


This was the worst (the only bad, really) part of the trip. On the plane; boarding was a little late (scheduled departure around 5:20 a.m. Sat on the plane until about 6, then the pilot said that they were waiting for some paperwork. We waited another 45 minutes or so. Turns out the computer was on the fritz and the paperwork had to be faxed to Minneapolis airport, but we weren't at a regular US Airways gate and the faxes had to be hand-carried from a different part of the airport to our gate (!). It became obvious I would almost certainly miss my connection in Philadelphia. Also, this one was a regional jet; no first class. I just wanted to sleep anyway.

We also waited a little on the ground in Philadelphia and they kept changing our gate, finally got out somewhere in Terminal B and power-walked to the bus connection to the crappy terminal F (US Air regional-type flights). Caught the bus (barely) so didn't have to wait, and of course the gate was closed already for my flight to Albany. Missed by about 2 minutes.

Sat around in the terminal, had a really bad cappuccino and some kind of food (not as bad as the coffee).

permalink written by  John Koen on August 15, 2007 from Philadelphia, United States
from the travel blog: 12 hours in Minneapolis
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rehearsal

Saratoga Springs, United States


Only 45 minutes late for rehearsal. Penderecki Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano. Difficult.

permalink written by  John Koen on August 15, 2007 from Saratoga Springs, United States
from the travel blog: 12 hours in Minneapolis
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Starting

Saratoga Springs, United States


Drove from Saratoga to Albany airport. traffic not too bad, about 30 minutes. Easy to find.

permalink written by  John Koen on August 14, 2007 from Saratoga Springs, United States
from the travel blog: 12 hours in Minneapolis
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1st flight

Albany, United States


US Air wanted to put me on a non-stop to Charlotte, but then I wouldn't be upgraded to first class. I stayed with my original itinerary. By the way, I still don't have the miles credited for the first leg.

permalink written by  John Koen on August 14, 2007 from Albany, United States
from the travel blog: 12 hours in Minneapolis
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arrival

Minneapolis, United States


got in around 4 p.m. Took the train (like subway, but above ground and slow) to downtown. Walked about 7 blocks to the hotel. Pleasant downtown with lots of restaurants, none of which I had time to enter. Ate in the hotel; very pretentious waiter (probably the hotels fault). Fake accent and all.

Meeting at 7 p.m. was mostly interesting (some people need to stop talking so much...) Hung out a little afterwards (around 10:30). Went to bed around 11:30 (Central Time, so feels 1 hr. later than the clock shows).

Next morning up at 3:45 to get in the taxi at 4.

permalink written by  John Koen on August 14, 2007 from Minneapolis, United States
from the travel blog: 12 hours in Minneapolis
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Ozsváth-Sperber wedding

Dallas, United States


My friend Peter was getting married in Jerusalem, but they had a wedding dinner/concert in Dallas. We played Schubert Cello Quintet and many other things.

permalink written by  John Koen on July 28, 2007 from Dallas, United States
from the travel blog: Summer '07
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back home again

Philadelphia, United States


Two more weeks of Mann Center

permalink written by  John Koen on July 16, 2007 from Philadelphia, United States
from the travel blog: Summer '07
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Vail Festival

Vail, United States


Philadelphia Orchestra's first trip to the Vail Festival. Most people had a great time. Slavy & I went rafting.

permalink written by  John Koen on July 5, 2007 from Vail, United States
from the travel blog: Summer '07
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