We've been in Cork for about five hours now . . . all have made it safely and are in fairly good moods, considering our lack of sleep and the time change.
There was, we thought, luggage missing (Sam Pace and Chris Josof) . . . and Martin worked for about two hours to retrieve it . . and then they found it in the rental car.
We made all of our connections easily and most members of the group are wandering around the city. Our first rehearsal comes in a couple of hours.
I met John Fitzpatrick, the man running the Cork festival . . . a very nice guy. He took time to talk with me and walk me through the performing spaces, something I really appreciated. We talked about the extremely high level of the choirs that are present for the international competition. He told me there were 30 international choirs that submitted for the festival . . . I was honored to be among them.
We're excited right now . . . a little weary . . . but excited. Think good thoughts for us.