JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Last weekend of our US adventures.

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The last few days Miloš was here flew by so fast.  Big shocker.  That Friday, we went to see  an afternoon showing of THE HOBBIT.  For those who don’t know me all that well: I am a SUPER FAN when it comes to anything Lord of the Rings related.  So I’d been counting down to the release of The Hobbit for most of the year.  I bought the tickets as soon as they were made available – November 7th.  Just ‘cause I’m a nerd like that.  It wasn’t like I was worried that they’d be sold out or anything, it was just my way to showing my super fan status, since I wasn’t going to be able to go to the first midnight showing because of the Rolling Stones concert.

The Hobbit was great.  I had heard that Peter Jackson was going to be incorporating a good deal of material from the appendix section of the Lord of the Rings books – and he did do that indeed.  I thought he did it well.

Then later that night, we went to a party at a friend’s house to have a bit of a casual celebration with my theatre family.

Saturday night was a gig for me.  Miloš stayed home with his foot up while I was out singing.  I think he might’ve hung out downstairs with my parents for a little while too.  Then Sunday was my performance at Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, with Mr. Musselman accompanying me on piano.  At this point, the bug I’d been struggling with was effecting my voice.  I could feel my voice leaving me on Saturday night and even more so on Sunday.  I did get through my gig though.  Miloš’ foot was so bad, that he used an air splint and a cane to be able to walk and come to see me sing Sunday.  (My mom’s a nurse, so we actually do have that kind of stuff laying around the house.)

As the day progressed, I lost more and more of my voice until I could barely phonate.  I was also starting with my off and on crying episodes since Miloš was going to be leaving the next day.  The rest of our trip wasn’t filled with adventures – just a lovely time  being together until we fell asleep on Sunday night.

The day he left is a bit of a blur.  I think we ran some errands or something like that?

Regardless, eventually 4:30pm arrived and we had to leave for the airport.  We hung out at the Chili’s restaurant there until he had to go through security.  I was upset, but we were focusing on the fact that it was only going to be five weeks until we saw each other again – when I’d be going to Croatia for two weeks.  After our stretches of months between visits, five weeks was going to be nothing.  (Although it did seem long, especially after seeing each other every day for almost a month.)  Fortunately time keeps chugging along, and the visit would be here before we knew it!  🙂

From my gig Saturday night: OTC's new act - Santa's Little Secret

From my gig Saturday night: OTC’s new act – Santa’s Little Secret

After singing at Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem

After singing at Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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