Where do people even get shirts like this?
The Chinese says “My House”
The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, who is the protagonist of the story.
I’m pretty sure this was my first opera and probably my last. I was really confused the entire time and had a hard time understanding the translated subtitles. I was impressed that the actors/singers were able to memorize 3.5 hours of dialogue/songs and the set design was incredible. However, pretty sure opera isn’t my thing.
However, I was pretty excited to go inside the National Centre for the Performing Arts, which is super cool looking building surrounded by water.
This was an event held by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and it did not disappoint. Meats, cheeses, wine, bread - it was perfect.
Despite most Chinese people thinking this looks like a pair of pants squatting over Guomao, it's still one of my favorite buildings
There are also hundreds of people dancing. Each area has a little laptop hooked up to speakers blaring different kinds of music, Indian, American swing, classical Chinese, and people are dancing in unison. It is the strangest thing to see after I walk out of my school, but at the same time, it’s cool to see so many people actively engaged in the same thing.
Got an apartment.
Got my debit card unblocked due to “Fraudulent Activity”.
Start teaching tomorrow.
Life is good.