In a week I'll be in Vienna. And in 2 weeks I'll be in Berlin. It feels... surreal. I don't know what to expect. A lot of tears, probably.
I realised I haven't written anything in ages. I have a couple of abandoned WIPs, I could try to write something down during my holidays, I always seem to get inspired while I'm travelling. Who knows.
I wanted to write this yesterday, but I received a last-minute invite to dinner + '80s night, so I didn't have time: the other night I dreamt Die Ärzte were playing in my hometown. The venue was tiny, I was standing in the front row and it was GLORIOUS. I think my subconsciuos is trying to tell me something. XD
And while we're talking about fandoms, I realised the following about 2016:
- new Sherlock
- new Star Trek
- new Harry Potter (sort of)
- Cure concert
- a potential trip to Berlin (not confirmed yet)
- a potential trip overseas (business+pleasure, not confirmed yet)
I'm gonna die! XD
The only negative side was that on Saturday night Mark didn't show up at the stage door after the play. :( Which is very unusual, he always stops to take pictures and sign autographs. But there was a reason, and the reason was... Martin Freeman! Yes, he was there with Amanda Abbington, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. I did a double take when I saw them before the start of the play, I mean, what are the chances? But because Martin is a grumpy old man, he stole Mark from us and they apparently sneaked out through a side door. The rest of the cast and even Steven stopped at the stage door (there were only a dozen of people there anyway) but not Mark. I was quite disappointed, also because I was this close to buying a last-minute, discounted ticket for Friday night as well, but in the end I didn't. Of course on Friday he stopped at the stage door and everything. Oh, well, at least I got a picture with John Simm. :3
( More babbling and pics under the cut )
I'm so, so happy. And because I'm a total nerd, I'm already looking forward to a visit at Speedy's, at Platform 9 3/4 and, possibly, at the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
(The fact that the place where I'm staying is near Baker Street tube station is a coincidence, I swear, but it adds up to the nerd vibe of this trip.)
Please, flist (that is, the handful of people who are still reading this), keep your fingers crossed for me!
Work's the only real problem: I started working there 2 weeks ago, I'd feel really awkward asking about holidays now, even if it's just a few days in the summer of even early autumn. Luckily the play runs from the end of July to the end of October, so I may have a little time to plan things out. Though of course all the best tickets are already gone (they went on sale today WTF).
Did they have to make the announcement and start selling tickets right now? *grumbles* Yes, I could get a ticket for a Saturday performance and only stay for the weekend, but I'd much rather spend a few days in London: I haven't had proper holiday in 2 years! I think I'll just informally ask my colleagues about holiday plans and see how that goes. I really want to visit London this year and I probably would go nonetheless, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I showed her the "local attractions" in my hometown, that is the country villa of the count who built the first hot-air balloon in Italy in 1784 (and who took off in said balloon from his garden) and the small church standing next to the villa. The church was originally in Switzerland, but the count liked it, bought it, had it dismantled, shipped, delivered and built again next to his villa on the other side on the Alps. I mean, who hasn't done something like that at least once in their life? XD So, I showed her those two things and our main church.
After lunch we went to Milan, where we saw all the classic sights and we wasted too much time trying to find Roman ruins. I'd read about this archeological route online and thought it would be interesting but, man, some of those ruins were difficult to find. Also, most of them were only parts of buildings and quite hidden, so it took us a while to spot them, it felt like being on a scavenger hunt. The funniest part of the afternoon was looking for the Roman theatre: it was supposed to be somewhere around Piazza Affari, where the Italian stock exchange is, but we couldn't find it anywhere. And then she saw a sign and we found out the ruins of the theatre are actually under the stock exchange building! Talk about underground theatre. XD Also, if you've never been to Piazza Affari, this is the sculpture standing in front of the stock exchange building:
We are so hardcore. XD
In the evening we had an aperitivo along the Navigli, Milan's canals, which is a typical Milan experience in the summer. Luckily it had been raining on and off for the whole day, so we weren't eaten alive by mosquitos (which is usually also part of the experience).
Today we went to Bergamo, where we visited the upper part of town (Città Alta), saw a lot of beautiful churches and bought cute little polenta-shaped mini-cakes. In the afternoon we drove to Monza, where I showed her the historical centre and more churches. She must be so fed up with churches after this weekend. Sorry. XD
And now I'm going to bed because I'm exhausted. Goodnight!
And now I'm home. I was supposed to take a day trip with my parents today, but it's raining. We're eating out tomorrow (the 15th of August is a bank holiday in Italy) and I'm going to the lake with my friend S. on Friday.
The only thing I regret is not going to the Ärzte concerts in Berlin last weekend. Oh, well, you can't have everything. And I really needed to relax. Also, they played in Tempelhof, which is right next to where I used to live, I'm sure I would've cried like a baby if I'd gone there...
Finally something good to look forward to.
die ärzte: live sogar noch besser als wie auf Platte!
29.06.2013 (A) Wien - Krieau
Gäste: NOFX, Donots
15.06.2013 Köln - RheinEnergieStadion
21.06.2013 Gräfenhainichen - Ferropolis
12.07.2013 Bocholt - Stadion Am Hünting
14.07.2013 Bietigheim-Bissingen - Festplatz am Viadukt
10.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof
11.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof
17.08.2013 Uelzen - Almased Arena
22.08.2013 Coburg - Schlossplatz Coburg
24.08.2013 Bremen - Bürgerweide
31.08.2013 Losheim - Strandbad Open Air
Flughafen Tempelhof! That's literally 5 minutes away from where I used to live! And it's in August, which means I'll be on holiday. And I haven't visited Berlin in a long, long time. But, damn, I can't plan so far ahead. And I'm sure the tickets will sell out in no time, so I'll have to make up my mind pretty soon if I want to go. Decisions, decisions...
( Die Ärzte in Friedrichshafen, 27/10/2012 )
And that's it. I'm home with a cold today (thank God it's a holiday so I didn't have to go to work) and plan on doing nothing for the whole afternoon.
I've been so busy lately that I didn't even have the time or energy to squee over tomorrow's concert or Farin's reply to my email. And it's his birthday tomorrow! I'm sure it's going to be an interesting concert.
I'm going by train and I have a first class ticket for Sunday. The second class special price wasn't available, but with the first class special price the ticket was cheaper than second class regular price, so first class it was.
I'm so looking forward to the concert. I only need to decide what to wear. I guess a lot of layers are in order...
During the flight I watched an episode of Hawaii Five-0 (2x01!) and Brave. I loved the film, but I couldn't help analysing its structure as I watched it. This screenwriting workshop ruined me. :P Luckily I was also able to sleep for about 4 hours, so I wasn't completely comatose when we landed.
( The rest behind a cut )
That must have been the quickest check-in in history. Well, for me anyway. I'm at LAX right now. I got off the bus, an American Airlines employee checked my passport and printed my boarding pass right on the pavement, I dropped my suitcase at the TSA point (they didn't even check the weight! Had I known it, I would have put something more in it, instead of in my carry on) and then I went to the security check. Total time: 15 minutes. I'm impressed. And I won't thank my friend S. enough for getting me a smartphone last Xmas, there's so much I can do with it and all these free wifi connections: like updating LJ while I wait for my flight. ;)
These last few days have been really busy: I went down to Long Beach on Tuesday, had my second surf lesson on Wednesday (I still suck), went to San Diego on Friday (American trains are sooo comfortable, there's a lot of leg room), had an extra class and then went to a party with the guys from the producing summer program yesterday (where I drank too much) and today I went to the Writers Faire at the UCLA campus.
Tomorrow in class we'll hand in the complete first act and that's it. I can't believe it.
Other than that I walked so, so much, every night when I got back to the hotel my feet hurt. But it was worth it, I saw everything I had planned to see (minus Alcatraz, but I really didn't have time). I would like to thank holsbells99 for the suggestions, especially for suggesting visiting Sausalito and taking the ferry back to SF. Sausalito is a lovely little town with a lot of nice shops where I bought a bunch of presents for my mum and my friends, plus a little something for me as well:
( The back and inside under a cut )
As soon as I saw it I was all "OMG I want this! >_<", but then I thought I would never use it and it would be a waste of money. And then I realised that it was pretty much the same size of a little purse I actually use and that is quite old and worn out, so I bought it. \o/
I also managed to almost get a sunburnt, even if the sky was always partially overcast. I didn't bring sunscreen because I thought I wouldn't need it and now I have a ridiculous tan line on the bridge of my nose from my glasses. *facepalm*
What else? I ate a delicious okonomiyaki at the Japan Centre and a divine pizza with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala and pesto at Rose Pistola (North Beach), I took a ton of pictures and even saw San Andreas Fault from the plane on the way back!
And I got ridiculously excited when I saw the trams from Milan, I was hoping I would spot at least one and I saw quite a few, all three versions of them.
So, yeah, I'm very happy with my trip. And tomorrow I have my first surf lesson ever! Wish me luck!
I had a nice 4th of July yesterday (my first!), I went down to Venice for an afternoon on the beach, then watched the fireworks in Marina del Rey. And let me tell you something, my dear flist: now I get why Chin said that being in LA is like being at the circus in the crossover episode. Street artists, bodybuilders, skateboarders, all in the same place. It's crazy.
But someone needs to explain to me what is with American 50-somethings asking me about the weather conditions: I was walking down the ocean front when, just like in Santa Monica last week, a random man asked me if it had been cloudy earlier. And, once again, I politely answered "I don't know, I just got here half an hour ago". His reply? "Are you from Europe?" D'oh. Also, somehow we ended up talking about Santa Monica, because the man was from there and the following dialogue happened:
Man "Do you like wine?"
Me "Um, not really"
Man "Californian wine?"
Me "I don't really like wine in general"
Me "Not really"
Man "Okay. Nice to meet you, have a nice day" and walked away
Please don't tell me he was hitting on me, because... No. Just no.
And about the fireworks: they were pretty and all, but the ones they do in Monza for St John's Day (24th June) are much better:
The video was taken by a friend who was there this year.
No, I didn't watch the game, I was busy doing a little exploratory expedition around Burbank to make sure I don't get hopelessly lost when I go to see Scott's play on Saturday. It takes a while to get there from Westwood, but it's not too bad. I'm going to take a taxi to come back, though, I don't really feel comfortable wandering around Los Angeles at night on my own. Even if I did come back from West Hollywood with the bus the other night, but it was only 9 PM. And the whole time, I had a friend's voice in the back of my mind saying "Don't go to Hollywood at night!" Oops. XD
In other news, I went to Santa Monica yesterday, dipped my feet in the Pacific Ocean and PLAYED STREET FIGHTER 2 AT THE ARCADE! OMG I'm so old school, I wanna go back and spend all my money on that game. Well, no, not really, but I'll definitely go back for a bit of shopping (or window shopping at least) and play again. Street Fighterrr!
Later as I was getting back from the beach a man asked me "Has it been this clear all day?" I told him "Um, I don't know, I just got here." And he went "Are you from Europe?" Busted. XD Also, there was a girl standing on the pavement holding two snakes with the Star Wars soundtrack blasting from a loudspeaker. And I ate a delicious chocolate coconut cupcake at Yummy Cupcakes. Yummy indeed.
And now for something completely different, look what I bought today:
Hey, I needed something to write my travel journal in! Well, no, actually I already had a notebook for that, but I've been lazy and haven't written anything in it yet. But now that I have this cool journal things are gonna change, I've already caught up a bit with what's been happening these first 6 days in LA. Man, has it been 6 days already? I should also update my Italian journal, the one I had in Berlin, so my friends can read what's going on. But I'm lazy and I still fall asleep quite early at night, must be a combination of the time zone and walking around in the sun all day. Excuses, excuses...
The weather was perfect today, sunny, warm, dry and with a slight breeze. Much better than humid Milan. I wandered around Westwood a bit this morning, got lost in the UCLA campus and bought some food. And when I got home I had tan lines. Really? Will I have to wear sunscreen anytime I go out? What am I, Mick St. John?