Hello, London

I have made it to London!

Transport for London logo

The evolution of the Transport for London logo, spotted in the Underground.

I’ve moved to do a Master’s program at City, University of London and I’ve been here for about a week, getting settled and sorted for the start of term. Continue reading

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Regina

Mid-March I traveled out to Regina, Saskatchewan for work. My first time in Saskatchewan!

My view as I landed in Regina.

My view as I landed in Regina.

I was in Regina for roughly 36 hours, one night, and yet I managed to find a play! Confession: I found the Prairie Dog Magazine online and checked their daily listings. My other options for that particular Saturday night were a cheerleading competition and the What Women Want trade show. The Golden Apple Theatre was mounting a production of Venus in Fur, a play I had seen at Canadian Stage about 6 months prior and really enjoyed, so I was interested to see another version.

Venus in Fur at the Golden Apple Theatre, March 15, 2014

Venus in Fur at the Golden Apple Theatre, March 15, 2014

Amy Matysio, who played Vanda, lives in Toronto and had seen the CanStage production, I learned after the show. I thought she really suited the role and sustained the necessary tension through the changes in the play-within-the-play.

I saw the beautiful building for the First Nations University of Canada which apparently adheres to a corner-less architectural approach.

Here is the beautiful, curving building of the First Nations University!

Here is the beautiful, curving building of the First Nations University!

It was a great first trip to the Prairies!

A Buffalo sculpture in downtown Regina!

A Buffalo sculpture in downtown Regina!

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Roberto Devereux!

As I mentioned in my last post I am currently a super(numerary) in the Canadian Opera Company production of Roberto Devereux, the third in a trilogy of Tudor operas by Donizetti.

My friend Isabel came to a show and then got in touch to ask if I would be interested in talking about my experience and sharing some photos. WOULD I EVER?! Isabel guest-writes for her friend’s blog, Home James and you can find her post, along with my backstage, sneak peek photos, here!

And for the faithful (two) readers I will include some additional behind-the-scenes shots of goofy high-jinks backstage.

The Ladies-in-Waiting with Russell Braun

The Ladies-in-Waiting with Russell Braun

Looking ponderous with Owen McCausland (Lord Cecil) and Liz, a fellow Lady!

Looking ponderous with Owen McCausland (Lord Cecil) and Liz, a fellow Lady!

HELLOOOOOO Michael! Michael Shannon, Ensemble Studio Intern Coach flanked by Ladies-in-Waiting

HELLOOOOOO Michael! Michael Shannon, Ensemble Studio Intern Coach flanked by Ladies-in-Waiting

One final comment (and plug): the show is phenomenal. Yes, the Ladies-in-Waiting are surprisingly agile in their large costumes but Sondra Radvanovsky who sings Queen Elizabeth I is the literal phenom. Aside from her immense talent and obvious skill she is one of the funniest, goofiest and loveliest people I have worked with in a COC production – and this is my 13th. Come out, see the show, and stop by the stage door afterwards to say hi!

Queen Sondra flanked by her "dudettes" as she calls us.

Queen Sondra flanked by her “dudettes” as she calls us.

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Another mini-lapse

Hey!

And whoops. I have been meaning to write – I promise! This pretty much explains my complicated, guilt-ridden and stress-inducing relationship with journal-writing.

Oy.

Quick update to say that I will be posting about my recent trip to Regina but first I will share that I am a super in the current Canadian Opera Company production of Roberto Devereux. What is a super, you say? See here for the previous post where I describe and define supernumeraries.

Here is a sneak peek of my costume, specifically my hair jewels!

HAIR JEWELS!

HAIR JEWELS!

 

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Double Lemon Cupcakes

Guess what was waiting for me when I got home from my work trip to Boston? A dozen lemon cupcakes baked by the fabulous Hannah of Sew Lah Tea Dough. Why? Because I was the winner of her 1-year-anniversary-of-having-a-blog-competition.

For a full account, including mouth-watering photos, head over to Hannah’s post about (my) Double Lemon Cupcakes!

This was waiting for me when I got home from the airport!

This was waiting for me when I got home from the airport!

p.s. I only have a “before” shot of the box. I hope that conveys, more than words really ever could, my love of these double lemon cakes of goodness.

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Ottawa

I went to Ottawa for work and got to meet Dexter. Pretty good deal, right? Dexter was a member of my host family (my coworker, A.) and he is very well-behaved.

Dexter! A graduate of obedience school.

Dexter! A graduate of obedience school.

I want to share a video I took of Dexter but my limited skills mean that I don’t think I can do that on WordPress. *sigh* The video is of Dexter’s mom A. leading him through his “Stay” exercise. Please let me know if I am wrong and I am able to share the video in this post? The other issue I face is that I filmed the video sideways and can’t figure out how to rotate this video – is this even possible? Oy.

I will share this really cute photo of Dexter frolicking on the deck after the 7 am Olympic Men’s Hockey gold medal game.

Dexter, gamboling. Gamboling is one of those words you might read but would almost never use, amiright? However, when it comes to a puppy/young dog it seems really fitting.

Dexter, gamboling. Gamboling is one of those words you might read but would almost never use, amiright? However, when it comes to a puppy/young dog it seems really fitting.

 

 

To conclude my whirlwind work weekend in Ottawa A. and I had a nice meal at the Hintonburg Public House before catching our flight to Toronto!

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Boston

I visited Boston at the beginning of January as my friend A. from high school will soon be finishing her post-grad and will very likely be moving so I jumped at the chance to visit Boston again.

View of Boston and the Charles River from Cambridge

View of Boston and the Charles River from Cambridge

I arrived by train during a snow storm (of course) and the train was a great way to get from NYC to Boston. That meant that my long weekend in Boston was very cold and blanketed in snow! A. and I spent a lot of time walking around which, in retrospect, felt like a warm-up for the exceptionally cold weather we have experienced (ahem, -38 with the wind chill)  in the 6 subsequent weeks since my visit. Thank you, Polar Vortex.

 

The shortest suspension bridge in the world in the Boston Common/Garden

The shortest suspension bridge in the world in the Boston Common/Garden

I wanted to share some of the more interesting photos and sights I saw:

 

The shortest suspension bridge in the Boston Common! (It may have been in the “Garden” side, A. would be able to correct me).

 

 

 

 

Watch Yourself!

Watch Yourself!

A hilarious jumble of signs in Cambridge! A. and I walked all over MIT and then along to Harvard (thankfully we took the T – metro/rail – back to downtown Boston.). It was at least -15 degrees Celsius but very sunny, so it’s hard to complain. My favourite part of this sign was the spoiler alert: “Caution, Police Officer Ahead”.

 

 

Here's a school that also houses a fallout shelter.

Here’s a school that also houses a fallout shelter.

Here is an elementary school with a fallout shelter. The sign for the shelter is to the left of the main door in yellow and grey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doors commemorating the Boston Tea Industry

Doors commemorating the Boston Tea Industry

Intricately decorated doors commemorating the Tea Trade in Boston. I believe we found these in the Back Bay area. All I know was that it was on the way to Flour Bakery and everything other important or geographically-identifying factoid was promptly obliterated when I ate their Butter Breton Cake. I. Can’t. Even. I was the combination of a brioche and croissant with butter and sugar all over in a subtle glaze. *Sigh*

 

 

 

 

Boston sure knows how to preserve their building heritage.

Boston sure knows how to preserve their building heritage.

This photo shows the evolution of Boston’s buildings and I love how the old and the new coexist so easily in Boston. The mash-up in this photo includes: Police Department Division Sixteen, Dillon’s Bar & Restaurant, Boston Architectural College and (just out of sight) a fire department.

 

 

Contemporary art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Contemporary art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Here’s one of the most interesting pieces of art I saw at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Contemporary Gallery. Poor A. – we trekked all the way out to the MFA the day after I arrive (a.k.a the day after the snowstorm) and the MFA was closed due to extreme weather. We had to go back a couple days later and I’m so glad we did! I love how the dos and don’ts of gallery etiquette (and life?) are depicted.

The main reading hall in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

The main reading hall in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

Final photo, I promise! A beautiful view of inside the Boston Public Library main reading hall. Cue the Hallelujah chorus #amiright?

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