La traviata - English National Opera


Exciting times in the world of West End!

As you all have seen, a typical week for me involves a lot of musical theatre.
And while I love this type of art more than my little heart can hold,
it's great to branch out and experience the other types of performance that is offer.
And experience that in London? Absolutely the best of the best.

That's why when the English National Opera offered the chance to see one of their shows,
there was no hesitation in my "YES! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR PRODUCTION!"
Sometimes my enthusiasm gets the best of me...

I'll be seeing their current running production La traviata.
The show tells the story of a young woman forced to sacrifice her own happiness for the reputation of her lover.
I have heard of this show before, as it is one of the most reproduced operas out there,
but definitely underestimated the intensity of it before watching the ENO's trailer.

Excited may be an understatement for my feelings.
I'll be seeing the show this coming Thursday, so expect a little review of my experiences after.
After checking out a preview for La traviata, I took a peek at what's coming at the ENO.
And I think most people already know the show people are already buzzing like crazy about,
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The show is star studded with Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel,
and two of my favorites, Matthew Seadon-Young and Rosalie Craig.
Understatement: It's going to be a big one. And a good one.
Another show that I'm excited about is Between Worlds.
This is a world premiere that is inspired by the events of 9/11,
so it, quite literally, hits pretty close to home for me.
I think this will be one of the most moving productions I'll ever see, and I am so excited for it.
If that doesn't convince you, check out what else is coming to the ENO.
It's a pretty packed full season of incredible shows.

Fab Four Friday


A nice little post with a nice little song.

This one comes from the movie Help!
If you haven't watched it, I'll put all judgements aside (no I won't),
and just say - WATCH IT.
They are way too cute in this to not watch it.


- Ringo falls through a hole during this song in the film. Like, it's just so great.
Just another reason why you should watch it.

- The majority of this song was completely recorded in a day.

- And I'm obsessed with the backing vocals on this. Just thought that was a fun fact too..


A Weak Travel Tuesday...



Travel Tuesday is a little dim on this page today.
I am currently working on my dissertation proposal that is due on Thursday.
Let's all say a quick prayer for me...

So while I am trying not to gauge my eyes out to keep from reading,
why don't you check out my favorite post from last weeks linkup?

Kaelene lives in Iceland - ICELAND!!
Jealousy: begin.
 She moved there to be with her hunky Icelandic viking of a boyfriend.
Jealousy: continue.

She talks about why you should visit Iceland in the winter
- as if we needed any convincing to visit. Hellooooo GORGEOUS -
and if for some unknown reason you are skeptical, just check out her pictures.

Also - link up this week below!

Happy travels! 

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Sunday Lovin'


1. I was placed at #16 for the IX15 Top 100 International Blogs - pretty exciting to get a little recognition for this thing.
Thank you to everyone who sent a vote my way!

2. I am seeing the Carole King musical, Beautiful, on Tuesday.
This is ABSOLUTELY important enough to be on this list because I really cannot even explain my excitement.
Carole King AND musical theatre - in one night?
Say a prayer for me. I'm not sure I'll be able to handle this.

3. Sticking to musical theatre, I saw Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory (again) this past week.
This was a bit different from the past time I've seen it,
because the household favorite, Aaron Tveit, has departed.
A big part of this show's audience were superfans -
so you can imagine the negativity when he announced he was leaving early.
Michael Xavier stepped into the role for the remaining month, and if you don't know him, you should.
This guy's been nominated for TWO Olivier Awards.
(Basically the British Tony Awards)
He was born in Liverpool - and you know my feelings towards Liverpool.
And if that's not enough. Just Google the man. You'll see what I mean.

He's about 12 feet taller than Aaron, but plays the role just as beautifully...if not better.
Yea. I said it.
But that's just one reason why you should see the show.

I'm not kidding when I explain how phenomenal this cast is.
I've seen great actors connect together so well to create an amaizng show,
but acting-wise, I have never seen such a talented.
There is not a single person who outshines the other.
Literally - I can't even explain one that I was so impressed by,
because I'd just go on until I had talked about the entire cast.
Everyone is so god-damn incredible I really just can't get over it.

Anyways - the show is sold out, but they've got a returns-queue that basically always gets you tickets.
And people are throwing theirs on social media when they can't make it.
So if you want to see it,
and believe me - you want to see it -
you will be able to.

4. We're still sticking to musical theatre.
I saw The Scottsboro Boys this afternoon, which was also their final day before closing.
I'll have a review up here, but I figured I should add it in here because I am absolutely loving it.

5. Spent yesterday wandering all over London again
and just want to say again how in love I am with this place.
It's pretty much the greatest city in the world. That's about it, really.

An Exciting Travel Tuesday


Hello old readers and new!

It's Tuesday - which usually means a post from me.
But this Tuesday is a little different.
Because rather than posting with the Travel Tuesday link-up as I usually do,

I've been nominated by the lovely previous co-hosts to take on the link up
with the amazing Amanda, Marcella, and Michelle,
and I'm prettttttty excited about it.

I wanted to use this post just as a little introduction to those of you who may participate in this link-up, but haven't stumbled on this page.

I'm Caity - I am currently an American expat making a life for myself over in London.
After a study abroad semester, I fell in love with the other side of the world.
Naturally, as all people do, I up and moved back.
....All people do that, right?

Anyways - it took three years,
but last August I made the move back to London and have been here ever since.
And if I can just say - it feels GREAT to be back home..

I use this page to write about my life in London.
This normally includes guides of areas around London, some stagey theatre reviews, and a few nights out.
I've got a few travel posts here and there as well as some tips that may help you
if you're taking a big trip or, like me, planning a big move.
Oh, and I talk about The Beatles quite a bit.
Usually every Friday.

There's a few of my favorite posts I linked below that will give you a better idea about myself and my life.
Hope you enjoy it here and stick along for the ride!

A little bit about myself:

About Me

On London: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Stagey-ness: How I Got Into Theatre

My Favorite City In The Entire World
Travel Talk: My ABC's
My Beatles Series: Fab Four Friday

Some of the weird things that happen.... a serious emphasis on weird:

That Time I Was Homeless

Jumping On German Freight Trains. Accidents Happen?

Meeting Paul McCartney
A few tips and guides:
London EatSeeDo Latest Guide: Sohottenhamborn

Thoughts On Traveling With My Best Friend

Why I Love Hostels, and Why You Should Too

My Travel Bucket List: What Have You Always Wanted To See?

Your Very Own London Weekend Itinerary 

And, of course, my life in London:

Life In London: In Photos

Mastering Gin in Piccadilly

A Master's Degree from an Expats Point of View

Excited to be here with you all for the next few months.
Happy Travel Tuesday!

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