Back in March, my awesome boyfriend Patrick and I went out to Oklahoma City for an audition. Neither of us had been out there, his sister lives out there, but that was about all we knew of OKC.
This is probably one of the most uneventful trips travel-wise I have ever been on. Neither of us left anything at home, his car was taken care of while we were out there, the plane was on time and only about a third full, our flight staff and crew were really awesome (GO SOUTHWEST.) the flight was really smooth and uneventful, our bags didn’t get lost, the list goes on and on and on.
The first thing we noticed when we got to OKC was how flat the area was. Florida is rather flat, but OKC is FLAT. And everyone is nice. Not an “I acknowledge your existence but continue going about my business,” kind of nice, but an “Oh my goodness Oklahoma is awesome, how are you? How is your mom? I just met you, but that’s okay,” kind of nice. It’s a little disconcerting for someone who isn’t used to it, but it’s definitely not a bad thing.
I met up with the bassoon instructor Anna on the second day there, and she was absolutely amazing. She spent the whole day with us, showing us around, introducing us to people of importance, and even took us to Oklahoma University for their showing of Verdi’s Falstaff.
My audition was on Friday, in the afternoon, so I made my way back over to the university. The city was becoming more familiar and travelling wasn’t as bad. After my audition, I met a prospective clarinet grad student named Sterling, who was from Colorado. We ended up going out later before coming back home and seeing a bit of the city.
The days after my audition were spent exploring the city. Since this was our first time in Oklahoma, we decided to rent a car and drive around for a bit. We found the Devon Energy Building, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, and a multitude of really cute shops, restaurants, and coffee houses.
The entertainment portion of downtown is called Bricktown, mostly due to the fact that all of the buildings are made of brick. Since it was just renovated, it has a small riverwalk area with boat rides and a lot of bars. Patrick and I were told to go to a place called Coco Flow, an all chocolate cafe. We also found a brewery and restaurant not too far away called Bricktown Brewery. Their entire tap system at the bar is microbrew and local brews.
On our last day in OKC, we met up with Anna and her husband for some lunch at an Italian restaurant, and decided to check out Ingrid’s. Ingrid’s is a German kitchen, specializing in traditional German food, and also had some pretty amazing looking desserts and cakes. I couldn’t help myself, so I got some Lemon Raspberry cake after introducing myself to the lovely lady behind the counter in German.
All in all, it was a super successful trip, and I am pleased to say that I will be moving to OKC in the fall to attend the Bass School of Music as a Master of Music Performance student at Oklahoma City University. I will also be the bassoonist for the Grad Wind Quintet.
I’m super excited for this move! I’ve never lived anywhere other than Florida.
Now to find jobs for both myself and Patrick, and a place to live.