The real reason I went to Milan with my family a few weeks ago was to see my cousin play football. American football that is. I know what you’re thinking: jump back, American football in Milan? Why, yes. There is an American football league in Italy and my cousin is playing for the Milano Seamen (Side note: the mascot names are ridiculous throughout the league).
It rained the night of game, which is typical. Whenever we have seen my cousin play football, a monsoon tends to roll through town. We’re lucky like that. The game was in an old velodrome (a cycling stadium). Lucky for us, the spectator section was covered, unlucky for the players, the field was exposed to the elements.
Aside from the weather, however, the game was quite the fun affair. The crowd was rather sizable, and very invested in the game. It was a fun experience. My cousin was in almost every play on both offense and defense. There are about two or three American players on each team and they get a lot playing time. My cousin made some great plays, and got thoroughly beat up because the American basically have a target on their back. But they were the underdogs and they won. Yay! Here’s a little taste of the scene:
On the way home from my recent trip to Milan, we made a pit stop at London for a few days, because why not, right? Since we’ve all been to London a couple times already, we didn’t really plan any traditional tourist activities. We rented an apartment in the city (because hotel rooms were through the roof expensive), and we spent the three days walking around, shopping, eating, and seeing a couple shows. London is of course known for having a theater scene second only to that of New York, so when we go to London, we go to shows.
This trip was relatively brief because it was four days, and two of those days were mainly travel days, leaving us two days to absorb the city. We got tickets for the musical Matilda before leaving for the trip. Matilda is of course a musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. And when we got to town we called around to a few theaters and ended up with tickets to The Winslow Boy for our other free night. I believe both of these shows are currently on Broadway in New York, or have been in the near past.
Matilda was really fun and creative. The stage was very dynamic, there were a lot of pieces that popped up from the floor to create different scenes. The cast was also impressive because there were so many talented children. I thought the funniest character was the evil principle Trunchbull. She was played by a man with a rather imposing figure. That really made the physicality of the character that much more hilarious. The songs were ok but I’m not running out to buy the soundtrack. All in all, not quite the caliber of the some of the classics, but a very entertaining evening.
The Winslow Boy is a straight play which is a little out of the ordinary for me because I usually see musicals. That being said, I enjoyed it. The story line is not a mile a minute, so there are definitely some slower parts, but the actors were good and some of the characters are very endearing. The time period the play is set in reminded me of Mary Poppins, and one of the female characters is devoted to the women’s suffrage movement which reminded me of Mary Poppins as well. Even though it’s not the most dynamic story it does raise some interesting issues. I would definitely recommend it.
The next time you find yourself in London town, see what’s playing! The shows are always great and the tickets span a wide price range. You can definitely find something great to see!
Here are the last five songs I’ve downloaded, and am currently listening to on repeat:
1. Mirrors by Justin Timberlake, This song took me a couple listens to understand an appreciate, but now I can’t get enough. I’ve had it on my iPod for about a month now and I still listen to it constantly. The video gets a little artsy and deep, but I guess that’s Timberlake for you.
2. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore, As I mentioned in my Monument 10K wrap up, this is a great work out song. Whenever it comes on during a cardio session I immediately correct my pace. It’s so energizing, and frankely Macklemore is just fabulous.
3. Clarity by Zedd Featuring Foxes, This was a song I fell in love with from the radio. It has a little bit of an electronic/dance vibe to it and it’s just fun. A great combination of vocals and a beat.
4. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharell, I die for this song. The video kills me. I don’t think you could put together a trio that I would like more than these three guys. I alreadly love T.I. and Pharell, but Robin Thicke is so good looking. Sign me up.
5. Cups by Anna Kendrick, This song is kind of delayed release of a song that Anna Kendrick preformed in Pitch Perfect. I’m so glad they remixed it a little to make it longer and released it to the radio. It’s such a great melody, and a cute, throw back song.