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.
Saw Dennis Rodman & Crew at Beijing airport on their way to North Korea. Chatted to the dude in the brown beanie, no idea who he is. The best part was that all the Chinese people took pictures, then asked the foreigners who he was. Lemmings…
I don’t know what these things are called but they are really good. First is the batter, then an egg, pepper, and it’s flipped. Then a sweet sauce, a spicy sauce, onions, scallions, choice of meat, and a crunchy won ton type thing. It gets folded into a square and voila.
It’s that time again. I’m off to a foreign country in 2 days and as always, to those who send me their address, I will send you something authentically “MADE IN CHINA”. E-mail me at: Degenh@outlook.com.
It’s going to be a busy year for me whilst in Beijing. Not only will I be teaching English, I’ll also be working on grad school applications along with Muay Thai training, in which I plan to take some fights. So stay posted and let the adventures begin.