On Friday I went to the opera, “Carmen”. I had bought the ticket only at the beginning of the week. Luckily I wasn’t too tired when I returned home after a three-day-trip into the mountains on Friday afternoon. The opera was a big contrast to the hiking before. But I enjoyed both: hiking in the White Mountains in amazing weather and watching the modern production of “Carmen” in the baroque style Boston Opera House.
The latter also was a rare occasion that I felt totally underdressed. Honestly, I think I am still in shock. Normally, Bostonians give me the impression that their wardrobe consists of jeans, sweaters and sneakers: when I took the T (Boston’s subway) to downtown, I felt slightly out of place (as I usually do) with my pretty skirt, a plain white shirt and silver ballerina flats. But as soon as I entered the Opera House, I felt like being in the wrong galaxy. There, in the middle of Boston, was suddenly a totally different world, one in which the Bostonian everyday life uniform didn’t exist. Men wore suits and tuxedos; women evening gowns and high heels, some even had hats with a little veil and gloves. It was a beautiful ensemble of evening wear, very appropriate for going to a big event like the opera – even though there are many cultural events in Boston, there aren’t many opera shows. The opera doesn’t seem to totally fit into the New World, it is more of a European thing. “Carmen” was still sung in French and English “subtitles” were projected. Maybe people dress up even more when they go to a rare event like this show. I sat down on and the lights went out. Thanks to the AC I was cold and had to put on my jeans jacket – of course I seemed to be the only one wearing anything made of jeans there that night. But when it’s dark, nobody looks at clothes anymore. The production was awesome, I was taken in. The singing was beautiful, the soldiers quite good-looking, and they even had cars on stage. I am very glad I went.
After all, I’ve got the feeling that I want and need to go to the opera again soon, if only to make up for this first fashion faux pas.
|Watched| the opera “Carmen”; films: Sisters, My life in ruins, National Treasure, Thin
|Read| Black Milk, Silent House
|Listened to| Jake Bugg, Turkish rock, different playlists
|Done| worked, went on a hiking trip with my class, went to the opera, met friends
|Eaten| s’mores, sandwiches, blueberry muffins, içli köfte, baklava
|Drunk| water, coffee, herbal tea, mojitos
|Thought| Wow, hiking really isn’t that bad.
|Been happy| when we climbed to summits in a day
|Laughed| all the time, esp. when I was with my friends
|Desired| just a nice and warm shower once I returned from the hiking trip
|Bought| food, several event tickets