Thanksgiving was good- we didn't get class off or anything but I had a nice Thanksgiving dinner and played games afterward. My roommate and one of my suitemates celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time, so it was pretty fun to explain to them the purpose of a holiday where the entire celebratory tradition consists of eating lots of food and watching American football. Still, it was a good time to reflect and I'm so thankful for every day I have here in the U.A.E. and the amazing life I get to live. Trying to find a balance between learning inside the classroom and learning from adventures in the world around me outside the college campus bubble.
We had two vocal ensemble practices this week, since one of them got rescheduled. I'm glad to have that time in the week to sing.
The one thing that got me through the busyness of this week was looking forward to getting to see Les Miserables at Dubai Opera! As I've mentioned briefly before, Les Miserables is my favorite musical ever, but I had actually never seen it performed live. I grew up singing the songs, I went to the premiere of the movie back in 2012, and I study to the soundtrack on repeat all the time. I can quote entire sections of the musical, and I have such good memories associated with it. When I learned it would be showing at Dubai Opera, I was so excited and there was no way I could miss it!! Luckily, I got to go with a friend who is equally enthusiastic about musicals, so we had a great time.
|Dubai Opera House|
|Burj Khalifa next to the Opera House|
|This mall has its own waterfall- with statues|
|Blurry photo as we walked past the aquarium from the level above|
|Beautiful theater inside and out|
I'm really excited for U.A.E. National Day, which is coming up this week. It's a pretty big deal, sort of like the 4th of July in the U.S. I guess? On the way to Dubai, we saw some planes flying in formation spraying red and green smoke into the air. By the time I pulled out my phone to take a picture, it had dissipated a bit, but it looked so cool.
More adventures planned for the near future, so stay tuned :)
Thanks to all of you lovely people for being a part of my life.
Goodnight from Saadiyat Island,