JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

“We got the moves. Like Jagger.”

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The beginning of that last week of Miloš’ visit was spent meeting up with some friends, followed by me getting sick a bit.  (Ruined our plans to head back into NYC for another day, since I had to go to the doctor and make sure I didn’t have the flu – which I didn’t, thank God.)

Then that Thursday, December 13th, we had tickets for the Rolling Stones concert in Newark.  We purchased them less than 24 hours after they went on sale, and Ticketmaster was already sold out.  (Yowzers!) We had to go through Stub Hub (online ticket reseller) and pay crazy marked up prices for nosebleed seats.  But Miloš has been a Stones fan for so long – he didn’t want to miss this opportunity.  They’re not on my faves list, but come on – it’s the Rolling Stones!  Kind of cool and a bit epic to be there seeing them perform live on their final tour!

We both got into our new rock tees that we bought in NYC, and I decided to wear the cute little faux-leather short shorts that I had got on a killer discount sale at Arden B.  ($15, people!!!!)  They had ONE pair left and it was my size.  Fashion destiny.

Headed out to the concert!

Headed out to the concert!

Anyway, back to the concert….

I refused to pay the insane parking fees at the lots and garages around the Prudential Center, so I actually found street parking three blocks away.  Nothing beats free baby! Oh yea!

In front of the Prudential Center in Newark

In front of the Prudential Center in Newark

We had to go through special security, and we were off to find our seats.  (With a quick detour to buy some beer along the way.)

And our seats were true nosebleed.  We were the second to last row directly to the side of the stage.  (For my theatre peeps, we were stage left and straight up.)  Despite our distance from the stage, we were lucky – we got aisle seats!

View from our seats

View from our seats

View from our seats

View from our seats

Well, the concert was fabulous!  SO MUCH FUN!  The Stones sounded great. (And dude, if I can still run around a stage like Mick when I’M 70, then I’ll consider myself among a very lucky few!  Holy cow!)

The Stones!

The Stones!

We stood the whole time in the aisle, dancing and jumping away, having such a fun time – singing along all the way.

However, near the end, during “Jumping Jack Flash,” of all songs, Miloš jumped too close to the edge of the step and seriously pulled his ankle – like REALLY bad.  He had to sit for a few minutes, until he got back up and jumped and danced the rest of the time on one leg.  He wouldn’t know just how bad the pull was right away.  (Remember, we both were enjoying the beer offerings available that night, which I think numbed some of his initial pain.)

One of the super cool things (if I can brag a teeeeeensy moment here) was just how many people kept coming up to us as they were leaving (I guess to beat the traffic exodus) to tell us how fun we were and how we added such a wonderful element to the concert.  And being the spotlight whore that I am, I loved it.  Hahaha!  (Miloš loved it too!)  I guess our energy was contagious – we danced, jumped, and sang the whole time, simply because we were enjoying ourselves so much.  🙂

After the concert, we slowly worked our way out of the venue.  Miloš was really starting to feel the pain now, and he had to lean on me the whole time just to be able to walk.

Despite Miloš’ injury, we SO enjoyed the concert – it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity – and we got to be there!  What an awesome memory to be able to make! 🙂


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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