I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I was lucky enough to nab tickets from work to the philharmonic for a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday evening. It was amazing. Like listening for two hours to the music of angels, really, or in this case, fairies. Diarmuid and I had never been to the philharmonic here in Hong Kong, but now we can’t wait to go back. There was an orchestra, a choir, actors and one very lively maestro.
We also got to attend a V.I.P. intermission of wine and snacks and had the chance to meet some of the people who put the productions together in Hong Kong. The executive director of the philharmonic, who is Scottish, told us that he likes to go on one crazy adventure every decade. Once he rode a bike from Scotland to Ireland (via Wales and the ferry) and on to outlying islands where his family clan had originally came from. Another time he spent two weeks traveling all the way down the Mississippi. And he told us that County Wexford, Ireland has the best festival for opera out of anywhere in the world.
After listening to more beautiful music, we left that night feeling, as my co-worker put it, very “cultured”.
Before heading out to the show, we decided to pose for some photographs together (since it’s not so often that we’re both dressed up). I had it in my mind that it would look really cute if we both were sitting on our terrace wall, looking casual, and yet, you know, not… ha. I set the timer on our camera, which was atop a tripod, and ran to jump up on the bench to seat myself next to Diarmuid on the wall.
Well, wouldn’t you know, this being Hong Kong, our bench was rotted, and my foot fell through it. I nearly broke my ankle, but luckily, I was unhurt. And our camera (being on the timer) documented my misfortune.
^^My “I just broke a bench” face
Luckily the lovely performance by the philharmonic left us feeling harmonious with the earth once again. :) Tomorrow, we’re headed to Ireland for a week and a half (to see Diarmuid’s brother get married!!) and then on to Florence, Italy for a few days. Wish us better luck!
(And if you’re traveling, I’d also recommend checking out orchestra concerts in Prague and Chicago, which are both held in historic theaters. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra often gives free concerts, sometimes outside in the summer!)