Guides’ Variety Hour: A Medley

With over a hundred European guides filling my home last weekend, we threw an impromptu multicultural talent show. With this last clip, we’ve bundled a little Hungarian folk dance, our Swedish guides singing a little ditty for downing the local firewater, and our French guides pining for the Champs-Elysées.

Amid all the gaiety, several guides surprised me with their piano-playing skills, and I played a little as well. In the middle of this montage, there’s a quick clip of me at the piano playing “Suite Bergamasque” by Claude Debussy — a reminder that had my Dad not imported German pianos like this one when I was a schoolchild, I would likely never have even gone to Europe… and my life would probably have been much less interesting.

(Thanks to tour guide Trish Feaster for shooting these video clips. For Trish’s blog, see The

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