As an example, the other day I was stressing out because I thought I was going to be late. As I was hurriedly walking along it clicked with me that I was stressing out because I thought I was going to be late while walking through the streets of New York City to get to the Metropolitan Opera to see my favourite opera of all time (Verdi’s Rigoletto). Which by any measure is pretty awesome. Five years ago I had barely started doing any sort of opera, and being in a small city in Australia, the Met Live in HD series was my education in the genre. I hardly would have thought at the time that I would get to see an actual live opera at the Met. And it was good.
The other week my cousin was visiting NYC so I made the trip down to visit him and to see some ice hockey at Madison Square Garden, another great monument.
In fact, I seem to be spending less and less of my weekends in Connecticut. Last weekend a friend invited me up to Massachusetts for art and brunch, so two hours later I was in Boston hanging out. We ended up going out of town afterwards to a city called Worcester to visit their museum, noted for its giant Roman mosaics, reconstructed Mediaeval church (which they brought over stone-by-stone from France), and collection of arms and armour from various eras and cultures. Which includes this:
Adding to the absurdity of this part of the world was an impromptu trip yesterday to an outdoor store in Bridgeport. This is apparently how outdoor stores look in the USA:
One last thing from the variety pack for this week – I’ve been getting back into Duolingo again, to try and preserve all the Italian skills. I’m also trying to get my German back up to speed, just because. The platform is getting really good now, they’ve made some tweaks to the reward system to help user retention, and the quality of the exercises has improved a lot. Of course, there’s still the occasional humourous exercise:
Anyway, that’s about it for now. The next blog will coincide with the Christmas weekend, where I will be somewhere in the Midwest having a traditional American Christmas with friends. But there’ll be a short entry for you all, don't worry... :)