Take Me to the World https://www.takemetotheworld.com Travel. Theatre. Life. Sat, 03 Aug 2019 16:18:54 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Focus on Festivals | The Edmonton Heritage Festival in Edmonton, Canada https://www.takemetotheworld.com/edmonton-heritage-festival/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/edmonton-heritage-festival/#respond Sat, 03 Aug 2019 16:18:54 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=27666 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

The Edmonton Heritage Festival takes place on the August long-weekend, and it celebrates the multiculturalism of the people of Edmonton.

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Edmonton has a lot of festivals in the summer. One festival I try to go to each year is The Edmonton Heritage Festival (sometimes referred locally as Heritage Days). It’s held on the August long weekend (which in Alberta is known as Heritage weekend, hence the festival name). This is the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday in August. For 2019 that’s August 3-5.

What Is The Edmonton Heritage Festival?

The Edmonton Heritage Festival takes place at Hawrelak Park located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. It celebrates the various cultures of the people who live in Edmonton. 2019 is the 46th year of the festival. There are 71 pavilions representing over 100 different countries from around the world. The Edmonton Heritage Festival has food and drinks that you buy with a ticket system (like Taste of Edmonton). There are goods and arts and crafts at each pavilion that you can buy as well. Some countries even have cultural performances (like dancing, live music, etc.) too.

Heritage Days at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Dance performance at The Edmonton Heritage Festival.

And it’s not just foreign countries. The Edmonton Heritage Festival has an Indigenous pavilion where you can learn about the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. And new for this year is a Nashville pavilion, since Nashville and Edmonton are sister cities. The US hasn’t been at The Edmonton Heritage Festival before, so that’s pretty cool.

Planning Your Visit

The Edmonton Heritage Festival runs from 10am to 9pm on the Saturday and Sunday, and from 10am to 8pm on the Monday. It’s free to visit, though you’ll want to bring some cash to buy food and drink tickets. You can also buy these in advance online or at any Servus Credit Union around Edmonton. Unlike Taste of Edmonton (where you only get a few bites of food), dishes at The Edmonton Heritage Festival can be full size meals. Items range from 1 ticket (for something small like a cookie) to 15 tickets for a combo meal. Food tickets are a $1 each and come in a minimum sheet of 20. If you’re going with other people you can always split dishes to try more food. You can see a full menu of the food options available here. You may also want cash to buy any goods or treats. This year I’m gonna stop by the Ireland pavilion and get some bags of cheese and onion Taytos.

The Edmonton Heritage Festival is also a major fundraiser for the Edmonton Food Bank. Make sure to bring along some non-perishable items or a cash donation. After your visit to the festival you can also donate any leftover food tickets you may have. The festival itself is free to enter (it’s completely up to you on what you want to buy like food and drink tickets), so the Food Bank donation is instead of a paid admission. I know aside from some fundraisers in December for the holidays, this is one of biggest fundraisers for the Edmonton Food Bank (which does not receive any government funding; they operate by donations and volunteers).

What to Bring

This is an outdoor festival, and Hawrelak Park is quite big so you need to be prepared. Here’s a map of the festival. Make sure you are wearing good walking shoes. Bring a bag or backpack with sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle. You can buy water at the festival, but bring your own saves money and the environment. There are also places to refill your water bottle onsite. It’s also a good idea to have an raincoat and/or umbrella on hand (it’s been very rainy this summer). An umbrella is also great if it’s hot out because it’ll give you some sun protection. While there is shade inside the pavilions there is no air conditioning, so if it’s hot outside it’ll be hot inside.

Crowds of people at The Edmonton Heritage Festival. Arrive early and avoid the lines for food (and less chance of places running out of food, cause that happens).

Getting to The Edmonton Heritage Festival

An important thing to know about The Edmonton Heritage Festival is there is no parking on site at Hawrelak Park. Instead there are Park and Ride buses around the city (cost is $6 round-trip). You can also take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Health/Sciences station or South Campus station and do park and ride from there. You can see a map of the Park and Ride locations here. Some of these places have allotted parking for vehicles, and some do not. If you need to drive to a park and ride location make sure it is one that has parking for vehicles. Transit (like the LRT or bus) that you may need to take to a Park and Ride location is not free. Cash fare on ETS is $3.50 for a single ride, or you can buy booklets of ten tickets for $26.25. There’s also a day pass for $9.75, but that’s only worth it if you’re using transit more than three times. Regular ETS tickets (including cash fare and the day pass) is not valid for park and ride. 

If you’re staying or live close to Hawrelak Park you could always walk or bike down, or take a taxi. And apparently this year there’s a boat dock, so you could canoe into the festival. For most people however, it’ll be easiest to Park and Ride to the festival. The Park and Ride line ups can be quite long, particularly around noon and later. It’s best to plan to get to the festival when it first opens. Plus then it’s not as hot or crowded as later on in the day.

Arriving At The Edmonton Heritage Festival

When you arrive to The Edmonton Heritage Festival make a note of the Park and Ride bus locations, and which one you’ll need to take to get back home. You don’t want to be heading to Meadowlark if you need to get to Lewis Estates (they’re opposite ends of the city).

As well be sure to stop by The Edmonton Food Bank hampers to drop off your non-perishable food donations. There are also volunteers to take the cash donations too. At the entrance you’ll also be able to buy food tickets (if you haven’t pre-bought them), and get a festival map.

For 2019 there are 73 Pavilions in total, but the countries are not in any kind of alphabetical or geographical order. For example pavilion 1 is Jamaica, 2 is Palestine, and 3 is the Ukraine. These countries aren’t anywhere near each other geographically or alphabetically. It’s also worth noting the entrance for the festival is by pavilions 34 and 35. You might not be starting pavilion 1, but as long as you have a few hours you should be able to visit all the pavilions.

Viking boat at the Scandinavian pavilion at the Edmonton Heritage Festival.

Viking boat at the Scandinavian pavilion at the Edmonton Heritage Festival. I know this pavilion includes Finland, even though it’s technically not Scandinavian (it is a Nordic country, but was never in the Kingdom of Scandinavia, which Scandinavian refers to). Anyway apparently this year there’s also an exhibit about Vikings here too. Yay!

Tips for The Edmonton Heritage Festival

Aside from arriving when the festival first opens, wearing good walking shoes and sharing tickets it’s also worth checking out the food menu in advance. You may find there are some food items and dishes common in several pavilions, and some will cost more than others. One thing several pavilions feature are green onion cakes. This is a staple festival food in Edmonton. It’s a savoury pancake with green onions, and it’s fried and delicious. There’s an interesting history about how green onion cakes got so popular in Edmonton here. Anyway if you look at the tickets in advance you can make sure your not overpaying for your green onion cakes (or roti, or watermelon or baklava, etc.).

Lines can also be long, which is why it’s good to bring a buddy or two. That way one person can be in Hong Kong getting some green onion cakes and the other can be next door at the Ecuador/El Salvador pavilion getting empanadas.

What I Dislike About The Edmonton Heritage Festival

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. One thing I dislike about The Edmonton Heritage Festival is it’s not long enough. Since it’s only on a long weekend the festival is only 3 days. There are some years where I’m working the whole long weekend and can’t go. This year I was lucky enough to get the Monday off, but I wish this festival was 5 or even 7 days long. Even if it was an extra day it would help, because 3 days is not enough. Also visiting all the pavilions makes me wish that they had a contest where you could win a trip to one of the countries featured at The Edmonton Heritage Festival. But I could always use more contests in my life.

What I Like About The Edmonton Heritage Festival

As someone who loves to travel and learn about the world The Edmonton Heritage Festival is one of my favourite festivals. It gets me excited to travel and visit new places. Walking around I start thinking I should book a trip to Thailand or Greece. Or I should go back to The Netherlands or Japan….. As much as I love to travel, I don’t get to travel all the time (stupid needing money to travel). There are places I might not get to visit anytime soon (maybe even ever). Will I get to visit Somalia anytime soon? Or Eritrea? Or even somewhere like Australia (which can be expensive to visit)? Hopefully, one day, but if I can’t go to these places right away (for whatever reason) I get to learn about them at The Edmonton Heritage Festival.

Fruit carving at the Thailand pavilion at The Edmonton Heritage Festival.

Beautiful fruit carvings at the Thailand pavilion. Is all fruit served like this in Thailand? I don’t, but I probably should go there to find out.

Plus if you’re meeting people at Heritage Days it’s fun to say/text things like, “I’m in Japan right now, but I can meet you in Iran in 20 minutes.”

In general I love The Edmonton Heritage Festival. If I have one of the days off during the festival (or even part of a day off) I’ll try to make it down. It’s one of my favourite Edmonton summer festivals. If you’re in Edmonton on the August long weekend I highly encourage you to check out The Edmonton Heritage Festival.

Things You Should Know
The Edmonton Heritage Festivals takes place on the August long weekend (first Saturday, Sunday and Monday in August). It’s held at Sir William Hawrelak Park. There is no on site parking so be sure to plan how to get to the festival in advance.
If you are visiting Edmonton and looking for a hotel you can book one here.

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Focus on Festivals | Ultra Music in Split, Croatia https://www.takemetotheworld.com/focus-on-festivals-ultra-music/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/focus-on-festivals-ultra-music/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:16:46 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=27624 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

For the latest post in the Focus on Festival Series Anca from One Day Itinerary, shares her experience with the Ultra Music Festival in Split, Croatia.

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I haven’t been to Croatia yet, but the country is high on my travel wish list. For this post in the Focus on Festival Series Anca from One Day Itinerary, shares her experience with the Ultra Music Festival in Split, Croatia.


Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest and most famous festivals of its kind in the world. For several years now, its European version is held in the Croatian city of Split every summer. Honestly, it’s just as good as the Miami event. Spectacular line-ups, awesome parties and pristine Adriatic Sea are the main highlights of these incredible few days. If you’re planning on visiting, here’s a short guide on everything you need to know about Ultra Europe and the city hosting it.

Ultra Europe basics

Ultra Europe is a festival of electronic music, a spin-off of the original Ultra Music Festival first held in Miami in 1999. Today Ultra festivals are held all over the world, with the most popular performers of this type of music in the world regularly attending them. As mentioned, Ultra Europe is held in Split a city on the Adriatic coast and the second largest city in Croatia. The date is usually set somewhere in mid-July, and young people from all over Europe (and world) flock to this event.

An Excellent Location

Split is a beautiful city whose origins date back to the end of the third century AD. Its core is a massive Roman palace complex, so there’s plenty of sightseeing to do. On top of that, it is very well connected with the islands in its vicinity which hide some of the most spectacular beaches you’ll ever see. Staying here a few days before/after the festival is a great vacation idea because you have plenty to do and enjoy.

Getting there

The city is located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and has a very well connected airport, so it would be smart to check for flights that would suit you. If you can’t find any, you can land in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and then easily find a bus to Split (the drive takes at least four and a half hours, though, although with a car that drops below 4 hours). Zadar is also a nice destination (much closer than Zagreb) to book a flight to if you can find one that lands there and not in Split.

Expect Big Crowds

Ultra Europe is a big festival and Split is a booming city when it comes to tourism. Given that the festival coincides with peak season, you will find people from quite literally all over the world here, especially in the city centre, and a LOT of them, too. Additionally, this is the time of year when prices peak, so plan ahead because the hotels will probably be full. However, there’s an elegant solution to that.

Rent an Apartment

Many locals will leave the city and go to the country or some of the neighbouring islands during this period. Check out websites like AirBnB or Booking.com or something like that and you are bound to find loads of apartments available for rent during those few days. Much more spacious than a hotel room, especially if there’s several people in your group, and a great place to start partying even before you hit the stadium.

The Venue is Awesome

Yes, stadium. The main event takes place on the stadium belonging to the local football (soccer) club, and it is a beautiful edifice with about 35000 seats. However, I mention this number just to give you an idea of its size – the crowd is actually down on the pitch (although you can climb up to get a better view) with several bars down there pouring drinks. And the whole thing becomes even more impressive when the fireworks start. Oh yes, they have those, too!

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) in Split  Croatia. Photo by Global Stomping. Source, Flickr

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) in Split  Croatia. Photo by Global Stomping. Source, Flickr

The Line-ups Never Fail

Every year, some of the most renowned artists in the world of electronic music appear on the stage. Think of the likes of Carl Cox, David Guetta, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and many, many others, all crème de la crème. Therefore, if you like this kind of music, these three days in Split will be heaven for you. You simply can’t afford to miss out on this!

Head to the Islands Next

Remember the islands I mentioned earlier? Well, once Ultra Europe in Split finishes, parties continue there, most notably on Hvar and Vis. The beauty of these places cannot be overstated, and you can reach them easily from Split. You might want to avoid ferries, though, since they are the slowest. Catamarans are much faster, but you may also be lucky enough to hop on a party boat!

Chill Out and Enjoy the City

After all that partying, you could probably use a bit of rest, so why not spend a couple of days exploring the city? Like I said, there are plenty of sights here, plus the city has a whole lot of excellent restaurants and great bars. you can make a day trip to some of the islands you missed or explore the surrounding towns (Trogir is particularly beautiful). Or simply hit one of the beaches and soak in the sun.

Final word

Ultra Europe is something every fan of electronic music should experience. It provides loads of fun, parties and fantastic music, all in a beautiful Mediterranean city of Split. The festival’s itinerary will take you to the neighbouring islands too, so you will get to know this part of the Adriatic quite well. You’ll see for yourself why it’s growing in popularity every single year. I do recommend a stay of at least a week, especially if you want to explore the amazing Roman architecture here. Besides, you will need to recuperate after all that intense partying. In any case, coming to Ultra Europe Festival in Split is an excellent way to spend your vacation. You will love every minute of it!


About the Author
Anca is a travel writer and the founder of One Day Itinerary – the biggest collection of travel itineraries for people limited by time. In her travel guides she aims to inspire people to travel whenever they have a spare day (or two).


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Falling in Love with Montreal https://www.takemetotheworld.com/love-montreal/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/love-montreal/#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:34:15 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=27592 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

I love to travel and I've fallen in love with many places I've visited. Here is the story of how I fell in love with Montreal, Quebec.

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There are some places you go to that you click with right away. I’ve felt that way about several cities I’ve visited, including Montreal.

The first time I was in Montreal was seven years ago. I had been at blogging conference in Toronto. I had driven there by myself from Calgary to nearby Richmond Hill. The trip took about a week. I spent time with family in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan  and Richmond Hill, Ontario. I also saw family friends in Tiverton, Ontario. When I got to Toronto I took a trip out to Niagara Falls. After the conference was over I took the train to Ottawa for a few days, and then to Montreal.

Travel burnout is real. I was exhausted from the travel I was doing. The conference (while fun) was also tiring. I was also taking a university class online, so I was doing that at the same time as this trip. By the time I got to Montreal I was done. Going to Montreal was a pretty impromptu decision for me. There was a train I could take to get there, it wasn’t  expensive to go (to me at least), why not?

I didn’t realize I had booked my train trip to Montreal at the same time as the Montreal Grand Prix. At the time of this trip (back in the olden days of 2013) I did not have a smart phone. I had an old iPod touch with wifi only capabilities and GPS that I took for the road trip part of my trip. While in my hostel in Ottawa I tried to find a hostel (in my budget) in Montreal with some availability. Everything seemed to be sold out, but I finally found a room. I booked it and the train ticket and went on my way.

I got really lost in Ottawa (turns of the Canadian Museum of History is not in Ottawa, but in Gatineau, which is in a different province…whoops). When I got to Montreal and found my way from the train station to my hostel without getting lost. And when I got to my hostel in the Latin Quarter I checked into my 4 bed dorm. And there was only someone in the room with me one night out of four, which was a bonus. Then I stayed in and watched several episodes of Arrested Development. That show is hilarious, but more importantly I needed a break.

And good thing I did because if I’d tried to runaround Montreal right away I would have been tired and confused and upset, even more than I was when I first got there. When I finally left hostel and went for a walk the sun was out. I saw lots of street art. There were people enjoying dining outside on restaurant patios. There were people riding around on bikes. I even saw a lady (who was probably about 60) on a kick scooter, and I thought yes. There were parks, and green spaces, and banners going up for different festivals that were happening soon. At one point I stopped into a cafe to get a coffee and everyone in the cafe was singing and dancing (well except me, because I didn’t know the song). There was a lively energy in Montreal.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Wandering around in Montreal. This was on a quieter morning.

So what tipped me from “yeah Montreal seems okay” to “holy hell I’m in love.” Was it the street art? The architecture? The pink balloons hanging about the street in the Gay Village? The food (poutine yes!)? The atmosphere? The nice weather? Was it the fact that Mac’s Convenience stores (RIP) in Quebec were called Couche-Tard, and that childish thing made me laugh when I saw it? Was it because some of my rudimentary school French was coming back, so I understood the cashier at the drug store was asking if I’d like a bag for my purchase? (And I got to say “non, merci” so nine years of French class paid off).

Yes, to all of that, but also I saw people reading books, like everywhere. I even saw a lady reading a book while crossing the street (like Belle from Beauty and the Beast). And at some point, while wandering around the city, I said under my breath, “Holy shit, Montreal is awesome.” Dear readers, I was in love.

Of course this makes no sense, but it’s not supposed to. Falling in love with a place, like falling in love with a person, isn’t based on hard cold facts. It’s based on feelings and I felt Montreal was awesome. I know what I saw and experienced in Montreal could be allowed to many other cities. Montreal isn’t the only place with street art, or people dining outside in the summer, or possible even 60-year old ladies on kick scooters. If I lived in Montreal I’d find things I didn’t like (because no place is perfect). And I know people who’ve visited Montreal and didn’t fall in love with city. But I did.

Quebec Flag and the Canada

Flags of Quebec and Canada in Montreal.

I spent the next few days wondering around Montreal, mesmerized by the architecture. I ate poutine and bagels and smoked meat sandwiches. I met up with some travel bloggers for Vietnamese food. I went inside to Notre Dame Basilica and staring at the gorgeous altars inside. I walk through the Mont Royal Park and listened to a drum circle. I walked the cobblestone streets in Old Montreal and thought how it reminded me of Europe (I’d only been to Europe once before at this point in time).

It’s been seven years since that short trip to Montreal, and I’m about to go back for an even shorter trip, two nights, but I have no complaints because I won a trip there. And if you’re wondering how I won a trip to Montreal I’d like to point you to this post here.  I’m bringing my mom and we’ll be there for a couple days of the Montreal International Jazz Festival (one of many festivals Montreal has in the summer). We’re even going to get to go on a hot air balloon ride over the city. She’s never been to Montreal or to Quebec. I won’t get to see everything while I’m there. I likely won’t see a 60 year-old lady on a kick scooter, or see someone cross the street while reading a book, or watch everyone in a cafe sing and dance to a song.

I hope, however, that I will have that moment where I can once again say, “holy shit Montreal is awesome.”

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Budget Breakdown – San Francisco https://www.takemetotheworld.com/budget-breakdown-san-francisco/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/budget-breakdown-san-francisco/#comments Thu, 30 May 2019 03:40:26 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=27550 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

I went to San Francisco for a few days with some friends. Here is a complete budget breakdown of everything I spent for my trip to San Francisco.

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For the past few trips I’ve taken I’ve been keeping track of my travel expenses, via an excel spreadsheet (cool, right?). Last year I shared a budget breakdown for Oslo, Norway. Today I’m sharing my budget breakdown for San Francisco. I went with two friends to celebrate our collective 35th birthdays. We landed in San Francisco on the afternoon of May 5, and left early the afternoon of May 10. San Francisco has become one of the most expensive cities (to live) in the US. Does this translate to a pricey trip? Let’s find out.

Note: Prices in this budget are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted. You can visit xe.com to see prices in your local currency.

Pre-trip Costs

I booked my flight with WestJet for $326.87. I had a short layover in Vancouver on the way down and a longer layover in Calgary on the way back. I booked the super economy fare, which meant I could only take carry-on luggage. The super economy fare also means I was assigned a seat for my flights. I could have picked my own seats for an extra cost, but I didn’t.

We decided to stay a hostel close to downtown. We booked a 4 bed dorm with an ensuite (only taking 3 beds of course). We each paid $37.64 for the deposit to hold our beds.

My one friend convinced us to buy an Explorer Pass from Costco. This let us pick four different attractions to visit for $100 Canadian. We used it for a 2-day hop on/off tour with Big Bus ($67), a Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise ($60), the California Academy of Sciences ($41), and The Walt Disney Family Museum ($33). Without this pass those attractions would have cost over $200, so it was a great deal. We also decided to pre-buy tickets for Alcatraz, which cost $54.30 per person.

I bought travel insurance for $20 (always get travel insurance), and a US simcard for my phone for $10.45. I also purchased a data plan for the simcard with Roam Mobility for $21.95. Unfortunately, during our trip the plan did not work, but customer service refunded me the $21.95. I’d bought the simcard from a gas station and they offered to send a replacement one if I wanted. By that point in the trip it was too late.

Return flights: $326.87
Hostel Deposit: $37.64
San Francisco Explorer Pass: $100.00
Alcatraz Ticket: $54.30
Travel Insurance: $20.00
Simcard: $10.45
Phone Plan: $21.95, but it got refunded due to it not working.

Total Pre-trip Cost: $549.26

Day 1 – May 5

I got dropped off at the airport, and got a drink and breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. I redeemed some stars making it cheaper than normal. When we got to Vancouver’s Airport I picked up a bottle of water and some chickpea snacks for lunch.

Flying over Vancouver, British Columbia.

Flying over Vancouver.

After we landed in SFO we took the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train to Powell Street Station, close to our hostel. I put $13.48 ($10US) on my ticket not realizing the trip would only cost $9.65. I kept the ticket to reload for the end of the trip.

We had to pay for our balance for the hostel at check in, which came to $221.46. After dropping off our bags it was time for supper, so we wandered over to an Irish pub (Johnny Foley’s). I got a glass of cider and fish and chips for $48.51. Then we went to Trader Joe’s mostly because we don’t have that in Canada and I wanted to check it out. I got some snacks, spices (the everything but the bagel mix) and coconut milk for my coffee. I spent $14.50 at Trader Joe’s.

Starbucks drink and breakfast sandwich at YEG: $4.99
Bottle Water and Chickpea snack at YVR: $9.30
BART from SFO to Powell Street: $13.48
Balance for 4-bed Hostel Dorm: $221.46
Dinner and drinks at Johnny Foley’s Irish Pub: $48.51
Groceries from Trader Joe’s: $14.50

Total Cost Day 1: $312.24

Day 2 – May 6

Our hostel had a complimentary breakfast, so I grabbed some coffee and toast to start the day. We wanted to do the Hop On/Off Bus Tour on our first day (this was in the Explorer Pass we’d bought). We thought it was a one day tour with a bonus stop on the second day. Turns out it was for 2 days, so we used the hop on/off bus as our transportation the first two days.

We rode around and listened to the audio tour. Some of the tours had live guides, but the first bus we went on didn’t. We got off at Pier 39 to wander around. My friend likes to go to Hard Rock Cafes when she travels and she collects their drinking glasses, so we went there for lunch. I got a patty melt on sourdough and a coke for $37.70.

Sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California.

We also stopped to see the sea lions at Pier 39. There were several free platforms, but the sea lions were fighting over the few crowded ones in the back. They were kinda amusing to watch, but also sea lions stink (like literally). Anyway if you’re at Pier 39 you can’t miss them.

After we wandered around some souvenir shops. I got a pressed penny. It was from the Left-Hand shop (I’m a lefty) that says “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” It cost $1.36 (or $1.01 US).

My other expenses included getting a towel from the hostel ($1.34), and buying some snacks from Walgreens ($5.84). We also had dinner at Chipotle. My burrito bowl and drink cost $16.11, and was quite filling. We spent the evening playing cards at the hostel because that’s what you do when you’re old.

Hard Rock Cafe Lunch: $37.70
Pressed Penny Souvenir: $1.36
Chipotle Dinner: $16.11
Candy from Walgreens: $5.84
Towel from Hostel: $1.34

Total Cost Day 2: $62.35

Day 3 – May 7

Breakfast again was at the hostel for free. We used our Hop On/Off bus fare to get around the city today. We stopped off to take pictures of the famous Victorian houses (The Painted Ladies) at Alamo Square. We then went to the California Academy of Sciences, which was included in our pass. This was a great Natural History Museum. At their cafe I got a coffee $4.17.

Lookout at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

After the museum we got back on the bus and went across the Golden Gate Bridge to the lookout spot for pictures. It was quite windy, but we got some nice photos from the lookout spot.

Then we went back into the city and wandered around Fisherman’s Wharf, and then went to Chinatown. We stopped at The Golden Gate Cookie Factory (where fortune cookies were first made) and got to try one. My friends also bought a few flavoured ones to try. We had dinner at Slurp Ramen, where I had the delicious shio tonkotsu ramen and a coke ($23.50). After dinner we went stopped at a gelato shop and I got sorbet (lychee and lime and basil) $9.31. Then we went back to hostel and played cards because old.

Coffee at the California Academy of Sciences: $4.17
Chasu Pork Ramen from Slurp Ramen: $23.50
Sorbet: $9.31

Day 3 Total: $37.28

Day 4 – May 8

We woke up early for the free hostel breakfast, because we were going to Alcatraz and our ferry left at 9am. After breakfast we stopped at a ticket kiosk outside Powell Station to get a Clipper Card. This is a card that’s valid for transit around the Bay Area (some exceptions apply). You can load it with funds and pay per ride, or load it with a pass. We put on a day pass, so we wouldn’t need to worry about having enough money for whatever transit we’d need. The Clipper Card and day pass was $20.73

We took F-Line Tram down to Pier 33, where the Alcatraz Ferry leaves from. The ferry ride was about 10 minutes, and we spent a couple of hours at Alcatraz. After Alcatraz we went for lunch at Boudin Bakery. It’s said this is where sourdough bread was first made. I got a crab melt (on sourdough of course) and a coke for $24.85. Then we spent a few minutes at Musée Mechanique, which is an arcade with a bunch of games from early 1900’s to now. It’s free to enter and most games cost 25 cents (quarters only) to play. I did 3 games for $1.04 (75 cents US).

That afternoon we went on the Bridge2Bridge Cruise, which was included in our pass. We went out to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then to the Oakland Bridge. It was a 90-minute tour and pretty interesting, although I did get a bit of sunburn on my hands and forehead. Remember put sunscreen on your hands too, and don’t scratch the sunscreen off your forehead.

San Francisco Skyline

San Francisco skyline from the Bridge to Bridge Harbour Cruise. One of the coolest things I learned on the cruise was both the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay Bridge have someone painting it at all times. When we went under the Golden Gate Bridge the worker saw us and waved.

After we decided to ride one of the famous San Francisco cable cars. We got in line at the Powell/Hyde Turnaround and it took about 45 minutes to board. The cable car is 100% for tourists. It’s $7US one-way, so having day pass for $15US was a good choice. If you ride the cable car twice in a day, then you’ve pretty much paid for your pass. We rode it up to the free Cable Car Museum, or tried to. Turns out they were doing work on the Powell/Hyde line, so part of our cable car journey included a free bus shuttle. The cable car museum is free and really interesting. I emptied out the spare change I had on me into a donation bin (only about 41 cents).

Then we took a bus back to downtown and went to Mel’s Diner for supper. I got a burger and coke ($31.79). We also stopped at Target and I got some Ghirardelli Chocolates because chocolate ($10.96). Then we partied hard. Just kidding went to the hostel and pretty much passed out from being exhausted.

Playing 3 Games at Musee Mechanique: $1.04
Cable Car Museum Donation: $0.41
Burger and Coke at Mel’s Diner: $31.79
Ghirardelli Chocolates from Target: $10.96

Day 4 Total:$89.78

Day 5 – May 9

This was our last full day in San Francisco, and after breakfast we decided to go to The Walt Disney Family Museum. We went to Powell Street to put another day pass on our Clipper Card ($16.19). We spent a good couples hours at this museum, which is in The Presidio (a massive park and former military fort). It’s an interesting museum, and I could have spent more time there. If we had more time in San Francisco I would have loved to see more of The Presidio as well.

We took a bus back to Ghirardelli Square, close to the Powell/Hyde Street Cable Car Turnaround. We went to the San Francisco Brewing Company for lunch. I got the Alcatraz Amber Ale, and a fried chicken sandwich for $41.95. I was pretty stuffed, but not too full to get a free Ghirardelli chocolate from the Ghirardelli Store. If you want the free chocolate make sure to go to the one on the 2nd level, not the ice cream shop on the ground floor.

My friends decided to wander and check out the Hyde Street Pier. It’s free to wander on the pier, but you have to pay to get onto the ships. My friends went, and I stayed back because my feet were killing me. Instead I watched some crazy swimmers in the water (it was so cold I was wearing mittens and a scarf). After we waited in line to get back on the cable car and ride it toward Lombard Street. We all agreed driving down Lombard Street would be insane. You can walk down the street and take some photos that way.

Car driving down Lombard Street in San Francisco, California.

Car driving down Lombard Street in San Francisco, California. We walked from the top of Lombard down to the bottom.

After we took the bus toward one of the other cable car lines. Since the Powell/Hyde line was being worked on and had a bus shuttle for part of it’s service. We decided to go on the California line, which was fully operational all the way. Plus the couple of cable rides we’d been on we got put in the centre seats. We wanted to try to get a side seat facing out to the street. Turns out that was a good plan. The California Line isn’t as busy as the Powell/Hyde line, and we got to sit on the seats facing out. And then I decided to stand on the platform and that is the funnest thing ever. Touristy as all heck, but fun.

We got off on the one end and walked over to Bob’s Donuts, which is a famous 24 hour donut shop in San Francisco. The donuts here are pretty delicious. I got a couple, but took one back for later (total cost $6.15). We then rode the cable car back to the other end (and took lots of photos and videos on the way). Also the one trolley operator we had for our ride was hilarious. Good times.

We wandered back toward our hostel. My one friend was starting to get hungry so we found a casual Mexican restaurant (Taqueria El Sol). I got a fish taco and a hibiscus drink. I didn’t realize how much food there would be here. It was delicious, but I ate way too much. Dinner was $19.28. And once again after we went back to the hostel and hung out (and started packing to leave tomorrow).

Day Pass on Clipper Card: $16.19
Chicken Sandwich and Coke at San Francisco Brewing Company: $41.95
Apple Fritter and Glazed Donut from Bob’s Donuts: $6.15
Supper at Taqueria El Sol: $19.28

Day 5 Total:$83.57

Day 6 – May 10

This was the day we were all heading back home, so there isn’t too much excitement to report here. I had breakfast at the hostel, and a leftover donut from the day before. When we had checked into our hostel we each paid $5 for a key deposit, so we got that back when we checked out. My one friend was heading home to Vancouver so we said goodbye in San Francisco. My other friend and I were heading back to Edmonton, via Calgary.

I put money on my one train ticket from day one (that had a small balance on it). It cost $12.85 to get to the airport. I got a pack of gum and a candy bar at SFO, and using the $5 I got back this only cost me $0.39 (this cost had been included in the hostel balance I paid on Day 1). The only other expense I had this day was having dinner when we got to Calgary Airport. We went to Chili’s and I got some chicken fingers and a drink for $24.16. Aside from our flight from Calgary to Edmonton being delayed slightly everything went well.

Train Ticket to SFO: $12.85
Gum and candy bar: $0.39
Supper at Chilli’s in Calgary Airport: $24.16

Day 6 Total:$37.40

Grand Total for the whole trip: $1171.88

Takeaways on My San Francisco Budget

San Francisco was a bit pricey, but nearly as bad as I thought (I think going to cities like Oslo and Copenhagen last year and in 2017  put things in perspective). My biggest expenses were transportation (which cost $390.12), food and drinks ($333.76), and accommodation ($259.10). With the Canadian dollar being much lower than the US dollar I knew my $30 lunches would be a bit more pricey for me, but I think I did pretty well. We could have saved money by eating in the hostel kitchen, but we were usually out and about and rushing back to cook some spaghetti or another cheap hostel dish didn’t seem worth it.

One thing that did help me was using a bank card that allowed me free withdrawals at Bank of America. Obviously I had to pay whatever the conversion rate was at the time, but with my Tangerine bank card I didn’t have to pay any extra fees. Same with my credit card. I used my Home Trust Visa, which has no foreign conversion fees, you just pay whatever the exchange rate is.

I am also very glad my friend convinced us to get that Explorer Pass. I’m usually hesitant when buying travel/attraction passes because often there are restrictions that make it not worthwhile. Or in order to get your money’s worth you have to rush around and try to cram in a whole bunch of stuff making for a stressful trip. This Explorer Pass was a really good deal, and we got our money’s worth. There were about 20 or so different attractions we could have chosen, but I’m happy with what we did.

Finally, getting a Clipper Card for the last couple of days was a good deal. As I mentioned before if you take the cable car it’s $7 (US) one-way, and the card is $3 (US) with $12 (US) for the day pass. If you ride the cable twice in a day, and even take the bus, or tram, or subway at any point then you’ve got your money’s worth.

If we had another day or two I would have wanted to spend some more time in The Presidio, or wander around the shops in Haight-Asbury (which we saw from the hop on/off bus). All things considered I got to see and visit most of the stuff I wanted in San Francisco. I really enjoyed my trip here and I’d definitely visit again.

Things You Should Know
While in San Francisco my friends and I stayed at the Orange Village Hostel in a 4-bed dorm that had a small ensuite bathroom. The hostel is close the Powell Street Station, has the BART to SFO. You can book your stay at the Orange Village Hostel here.
Of course there are plenty of accommodation options if you don’t want to to the budget route. Book your hotel in San Francisco here.

Have you been to San Francisco? What would you do there?

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Episode 5 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about the musical Hamilton. I saw this smash hit last year in London and I’ve finally calmed down enough to talk about the show without hyperventilating from excitement. In this episode I focus on some of the perceptions and biases I had about Hamilton before I saw it.

Where to Listen to Episode 5?

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Resources – Music

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This now has over 2000 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows as well. As I see more musicals and listen to more cast albums I’ll add them to this playlist. The albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Hamilton Instrumentals (Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Hamilton Mixtape. Several hip-hop, rap, and pop artists have done remixes and reinterpretations of several Hamilton songs. It’s fantastic.

In The Heights (Original Broadway Cast Recording). This is the first musical Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote/created/starred in before Hamilton and while I haven’t seen it I’ve been listening to the the OBCR and its fantastic.

Resources – Video

Unfortunately Hamilton hasn’t been made into a movie or into a live on Broadway video (though I’ve heard rumours). However you can check out the official Hamilton Youtube Channel. It has interviews, behind the scenes stuff and performances from past and current Hamilton casts. You’ll also find Ham4Ham performances. These were performances that the cast did for people standing outside to see the show or for the lottery (before the lottery went digital).

Resources – Websites and Apps

Hamilton Musical. This is the official website for all the current running productions of Hamilton (as of this post’s publication Hamilton is playing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London UK, and there are 2 US National Tours). The best way to find tickets for Hamilton is through this website. It will redirect you to the right ticket seller, whether that’s through Ticketmaster or through the performance venue box office. Be aware if you use a third party website or reseller (like StubHub) to try to get Hamilton tickets they may be fake and the venue has every right to deny you entry if your tickets aren’t legitimate. I’d only purchase through the official website just to be safe. You can also enter the Hamilton lottery on the website or through the app.

Hamilton App (for iOs or Android). Like the website this is the official app that will let you purchase tickets, but it is also (along with the official Hamilton Website) the only way to enter the Hamilton lottery. You can enter the lottery 2 days ahead of time, which is great. The app also has trivia and stickers and some other fun things for fans.

Reddit Musical Thread.This is a great place to go if you want to talk about musicals, or get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it. Please note: Hamilton is not on TodayTix. The only way to win Hamilton lottery tickets is through the official Hamilton website or App.

Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix.

Have you seen Hamilton? If so what did you think of it? If not would you like to see it? Leave a comment and let me know.

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I don't feel like myself.

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There’s a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge that comes up periodically when I open my web browser.

I got an email to remind me that in less that 72 hours I’m leaving for San Francisco. I’ll be there with two friends I haven’t seen in almost a year.

Normally, I would be excited for this trip. We’ve bought tickets to Alcatraz. We’re gonna go on a hop on/off bus tour, take a cruise, ride the trolley, etc. Right now though, I feel nothing. Not excitement for this trip. Not dread or anxiety either. Just numb.

And it’s not like I don’t want to go to San Francisco. Back in January when my friend suggested we go I was pumped. And it’s not like I don’t want to see my friends. I do. Like I said, it’s been several months since I’ve seen them.

But I don’t have any joy for this trip, not right now at least. I actually feel pretty numb and indifferent to a lot of things in my life. It’s been well over a year since I did any paid writing (on this blog or elsewhere) and I’m not sad or happy about this, just numb. And it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog either, or really updated my Instagram or Facebook or any other social media platform and again I feel nothing. I had started a podcast about musicals to try to talk about something I love, and I just haven’t even been able to record anything for it lately.

Is there a good reason for this? I don’t know. Travel, theatre, musicals, writing, those things can usually excite me, but they haven’t been, not for a while. It sounds like I should be sad about this, but I don’t feel anything. And I’ve been reading and I know that losing interest in the things you love is a sign of depression. I don’t have a diagnosis for that yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised. If I had any money for therapy I’d go, but when you only work 20 hours a week it’s hard to find money for these “non-essentials.”

Actually, the one thing I do like, or at least don’t feel numb about is my job. It’s just a retail job, but I enjoy it and I enjoy the small group of ladies that I work with. And part of me knows I need to get another part-time job, or start freelancing again, but I won’t rush and take whatever job comes along, cause when I do that my mental health goes way down. Working in a good, positive environment is important. And freelancing right now seems impossible. I haven’t done any writing for so long, can I even go back and do that again? And do I want to? I don’t know.

Writing this you’d think I might care how this comes across. That I might be worried about being “too down” for readers or potential advertisers/sponsors/brands, etc. but I’m not. I’m trying to remember the last time when I was happy. Was it back in Ireland? Was it last month? Was it years ago? It’s a blur. And then I wonder if I’ve ever been happy, and I can’t tell. I might cry, but again nothing.

Is there a point to any of this? I don’t know. Sometimes life isn’t always happy. Sometimes things are weird and you don’t know why.  I’ve been feeling numb for a while, and I know I need to do something about it. I just don’t know what that is.

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I spent two St. Patrick’s days in Ireland. The first, in 2017, I spent the day working at a pub in Malahide. Let me just say that working in a pub, in Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day was fucking insane (I did get good tips though). After work I’m pretty sure I just went home […]

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I spent two St. Patrick’s days in Ireland. The first, in 2017, I spent the day working at a pub in Malahide. Let me just say that working in a pub, in Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day was fucking insane (I did get good tips though). After work I’m pretty sure I just went home and collapsed from exhaustion.

The next St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland (last year) I went up to Skerries, a small coastal town north of Dublin to watch their local parade. The reason I went to Skerries, instead of the big parade in Dublin was I didn’t want to deal with the crowds and insanity of Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day (I mean crossing O’Connell Street Bridge in Dublin on a regular day is busy enough). Also Skerries has real connection to the actual St. Patrick. Just off the coast of Skerries is a series of islands, including one named after St. Patrick himself. It is said that back in 432AD St. Patrick set up a monastery here. The parade in Skerries was small, and I spent most of the day freezing (it was snowing and I was wearing a light jacket and no jumper/sweater). They were doing boat and walking tours of St. Patrick’s Island, but I got there too late for that. Oh well, next time I’m in Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day.

Both the St. Patrick days I spent in Ireland weren’t too exciting, but I did spend almost two years in Ireland so I thought I’d share a few photos of Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is a part of the UK) for St. Patrick’s Day. Photos are in no particular order.

Waterford Treasures in Waterford, Ireland.

Waterford Treasures is a small museum in Waterford with Viking artifacts. Waterford was the first place in Ireland where the vikings landed.

Newbridge Estate in Donabate, Ireland.

A walking trail at the Newbridge Estate in Donabate, Ireland. I used to live in Donabate and tried to visit here as often as I could.

Sunset in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland.

A sunset in Dún Laoghaire, a small town south of Dublin.

Pollacapall Lough at Kylemore Abbey in Ireland.

Pollacapall Lough (Lake) at Kylemore Abbey. This is in the Connemara region of Ireland, which is in the western region of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Lagan River in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Lagan River in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The yellow Harland & Wolff (H&W) are icons of the cities shipbuilding past.

Kilkenny, Ireland.

Street in Kilkenny, Ireland. A great little city to visit with a lot of medieval history.

Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Street art in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast is known for its iconic political murals (definitely take one of the taxi tours to see these). This piece was in the courtyard alley behind some pus in Commercial Court.

Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.

The iconic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. At their highest point these cliffs are 120m above the sea. On my day trip here I lucked out with beautiful sunny weather (though it gets windy so be careful when walking along the cliffs).

Winetavern Street in Dublin, Ireland

One thing I loved about Dublin was all of the colourful Georgian Doors. This was on Winetavern Street, just south of Christchurch Cathedral and the Dublinia Museum.

Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland.

The monastic city of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. This site dates back to the 6th Century and has one of the most iconic round towers in Ireland.

Kerry Bog Village in Ireland.

On a Ring of Kerry tour I visited the Kerry Bog Village, an open air museum that shows how people in Ireland lived in the early 19th century.

Carrick-a-Rede Coastal Walk, Northern Ireland.

Carrick-a-Rede is a rope bridge in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This was a photo I took along the coastal walk to the bridge. It was so windy when I went they almost didn’t let us cross (safety first) and it was to danger to stop and take any photos while on the bridge.

Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland.

The famous Blarney Castle in Cork County, Ireland. This is where (if you kiss the Blarney Stone) it’s said you’ll be given the “gift of gab.” I got distracted by all the pretty gardens (and the really interesting poison garden) and did not go into the castle. Oh well, there’s always next time.

While I’m back in Canada this St. Patrick’s Day I’m thinking a lot about my time abroad, and looking forward to my next visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

 

 

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Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 4 – Movie Musicals https://www.takemetotheworld.com/musical-theatre-podcast-episode-4/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/musical-theatre-podcast-episode-4/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 07:31:29 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=27353 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

This episode of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is about movie musicals, different types of movie musicals, and a few good and bad ones.

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Episode 4 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about movie musicals. I get into some of the different types of movie musicals, what makes a good movie musical, and a few of my favourite and not so favourite movie musicals.

Just a quick note, I know I talked about the movie adaption of Rent and the Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway version, but not the recent TV version done of Rent. This is because I recorded this episode before that TV version aired. I actually haven’t watched any of the recent Live TV versions of musicals that have come out, aside from the Jesus Christ Superstar one last year. I’d like to watch a few of these first before I talk about them on this podcast. That’s why these “movie musicals” aren’t talked about on this episode.

Please note there are a lot of movie musicals out there, and I barely mentioned a handful.

Where to Listen to Episode 4?

If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 4 on Podcasts.com

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Resources – Music

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1900 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows as well. As I see more musicals and listen to more cast albums I’ll add them to this playlist. The albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Since this is the movie musical episode I’ve listed movie cast recordings and Broadway/London casts when possible.

Bye Bye Birdie (1960 Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Bye Bye Birdie (1962 Movie Soundtrack).

Company (2006 Broadway Revival Cast). 

Chicago (1997 Broadway Revival Cast).

Chicago (2002 Movie Soundtrack).

Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Cast). There have been a lot of different productions of this show, but this cast recording is my personal favourite.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert (2018 Live Television Soundtrack).

Into the Woods (1988 Original Broadway Cast).

Into the Woods (2014 Movie Soundtrack).

Les Misérables (1985 Original London Cast Recording).

Les Misérables (2012 Movie Soundtrack).

Mamma Mia (1999 Original London Cast Recording).

Mamma Mia (2008 Movie Soundtrack).

The Music Man (1958 Original Broadway Cast Recording).   

The Music Man (1962 Movie Soundtrack).   

The Phantom of the Opera (1987 Original London Cast Recording).

The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie Soundtrack).

Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack).

Sunday in the Park with George (1984 Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie Soundtrack).

Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast Recording).

Resources – Video

Bye Bye Birdie (1963). This is an old school movie musical. It’s a pretty fluffy/silly show.

Company (2008). This was filmed live. All the performers on the stage play an instrument and act as the band.

Chicago (2003). This is a great movie adaption of this musical. It won a few Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Costumes, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Art Direction.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). While I didn’t mention it in the episode there is a movie adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted Neely, who originated the role of Jesus on Broadway and in this movie adaption. He actually performed this role in several touring productions as well.

Into the Woods (2014). This is the recent Disney adaption of this Stephen Sondheim classic.

Into the Woods (1991). This is the filmed stage version of Into The Woods, starring the Original Broadway Cast including Joanna Gleeson who won a Tony Award for her performance in the original run as the Baker’s Wife.

Les Misérables (2012). This is the recent movie adaption with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway (who won an Oscar for her performance).

Mamma Mia (2008). While Pierce Brosnan can’t sing, the rest of the cast does fairly well, and the movie is fun. It’s great to watch once, but I wouldn’t say this movie is a repeat viewing for me. I’ve yet to see the sequel though.

The Music Man (1962). This is a classic movie musical on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. The movie version stars Robert Preston and Shirley Jones (a.k.a the mom from the 70’s musical tv show The Partridge Family). The song “Ya Got Trouble” is one of the best patter songs in musical theatre, and a lot of fun.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004). This is a movie adaption with Emmy Rossum as Christine Dae, and Gerard Butler as the Phantom. As mentioned in the episode Lindsay Ellis did a great video essay critiquing this movie adaptation.

Rent (2005 Movie). This is an adaption of the musical featuring a lot of the original Broadway cast.

Rent: Live on Broadway. This was done in 2008 with the final Broadway cast. This live version is filmed like the musical.

Sunday in the Park with George (1986). This is a filmed live version with the Original Broadway Cast including Bernadette Peters as Dot/Marie and Mandy Patinkin as George Seurat/George.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). This is the Tim Burton movie adaption starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late great Alan Rickman as the horrid Judge Turpin. I love this movie adaption. Don’t @ me.

And if you have Netflix there are several movies streaming on their service. The availability will change depending on where you are streaming from.

Resources – Websites and Apps

Reddit Musical Thread.This is a great place to go if you want to talk about musicals, or get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.

Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix.


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There are lot of sayings in Ireland. In this post I'll talk about just a few of the slang and sayings you'll come across in Ireland.

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I’ve been home in Canada for a few months, and one thing (of many) I miss about living in Ireland is hearing all the Irish sayings. I’m going to share some (not all) of the slang and sayings I heard while living in Ireland. This isn’t an exhaustive list of every Irish saying out there. I should also point out that I lived and worked around Dublin, so some of these terms may be more prominent there. I know a few of things sayings can be found in other countries too, but if you spend time in Ireland you’ll definitely hear them. List is in alphabetical order.


A Note on Irish (Gaelic)

Aside from a few words I’ll mention below, you probably won’t hear a lot of Irish (Gaelic) in Ireland, unless you’re in an Irish speaking town. These communities are noted by sign with the word Gaeltacht. Most Irish-only speaking communities are on the west side of the county. While signs are in Gaelic (like at the train stations and bus stops) they are also in English. Of course if you wanted to learn Irish you could, but it’s not necessary.

Irish Slang and Sayings

Craic

Craic (pronounced like crack) is an Irish (Gaelic) word that means fun. Craic is also a common greeting in Ireland. Asking someone, “what’s the crack?” is like asking “how’s it going? What have you been up to lately?” You’ll hear people talk about “good craic” and “that was some craic,” etc. It’s like saying “that was a good time.” Of course the first time I heard someone talk about good craic I thought they were referring to drugs, until I learned what craic meant. Out of all the sayings I heard in Ireland craic is the most common.

Deadly

This means something is really good or excellent. “That concert was deadly.”

Eejit

Pretty easy to this one out. It’s a term for idiot or eejit. “The tourist was being an eejit in Temple Bar.”

Fáilte

Another Irish/Gaelic saying (pronounced like fallcha). This means welcome. If you’re staying in a hotel or going on a guided tour you’ll probably hear this.

Fair play

It’s like saying good job or good for you. “Fair play to you for getting that promotion.”

Long Room Trinity College.

Fair play to you for reading all those books. Or not cause you can’t actually touch the books at the Long Room in Trinity College.

Flat

Another term for apartment. You’ll see the word apartment used sometimes to, but you’ll often see flat as well.

Gaff

A gaff is another term for house house. My roommate was telling me he was going to help his dad “fix up the gaff” and I had to ask him what he was talking about.

Grand

I know this isn’t unique to Ireland, but you’ll hear it a lot here. It’s another word for that’s good or great. “Oh that’s grand” “Thanks that’ll be grand” “Oh you’re grand.” “Oh it’s grand like.” I loved hearing people say grand. It’s sounds so much better than just saying, “that’s nice.”

Immersion

This is the hot water tank in a house or flat. Often you’ll need to turn on the immersion to get hot water for your sink/shower/bath. It usually take a few minutes for the water to get hot. After your done using the sink/shower/bath you’ll need to turn the immersion off, or else your heating bill will go up.

Ma/Mam/Mammy

This is another word for mom/mommy/mother. It was fun to get my mom a mother’s day card from Ireland that said Happy Mother’s Day Mammy. That said if you are in Ireland just know Mother’s day is in March (same as in the UK), and not in May like in Canada and the US.

Mil

Short for million. You’ll usually hear it when someone says something like, “thanks a mil.”

Slag

If someone is slagging you that means they’re teasing or mocking you. This is often done by friends and family. The Irish love the craic so if someone is slagging on you in Ireland it’s a good thing.

Sláinte

A Gaelic word (pronounced like slawn-cha). This means good health, but you’ll hear it as a toast/cheers before drinking. Not everyone will say sláinte before having a drink, but you will hear it in Ireland.

Scarlet

This is another way of saying someone is very embarrassed. “He was scarlet.”

Taking the piss

Also another way of saying someone is slagging or mocking someone.

To let

Instead of a sign saying “for rent” it will say “to let.” Means the same thing.

Thanking you

Often people will say “thanking you” instead of just “thank you.” Here in Canada if someone says “thanking you” (which isn’t common) they’re thanking you for something in the future. Generally it’s just something like, “thank you for the report you’re sending me tomorrow” and not “I’m thanking you for the report you’re sending tomorrow.” In Ireland people would say this for something happening in the present moment. Like if I was waiting a table and dropping off drinks a customer might say, “thanking you for the drinks.”

What’s the story?

What’s the story? This is a greeting similar to, “what’s the craic?” It’s a “how are you doing? what’s going on with you?” kind of thing.

You’re very much welcome to

Kind of like the thanking you example in Ireland (especially on tours and at tourist sites) you won’t just here “welcome to Dublin” but “you’re very much welcome to Dublin.” Every time I heard this I loved it.

Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary.

I was very much welcome to the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary.

Your man

Here’s a fun story. I worked at a pub in Ireland for about a year, and the music in the pub came from Spotify playlists in the manager’s locked off. The playlists were sometimes really random (and awesome). One day the song “Mr. Cellophane” from the film adaption of the musical Chicago (sung by John C. Reilly) came on. I love musicals, but even I admit hearing a musical at pub was a little strange.

My coworker turned to me and asked, “isn’t that your man?” We weren’t quite open (I was mopping the floor), and there were no customers inside. My first thought was, What is he talking about? There’s no one here, and I’ve never met John C. Reilly. I was very confused. Then I learned if someone says or asks about, “your man” it’s like saying “this man or that man.” So someone might say something like, “your man took forever to order his drink” instead of saying “that man over there took forever to order his drink.” Similarly to “your man” is “you wan,” which means “this woman or that woman.” I definitely heard “your man” more than “your wan” though.

Things You’ll Never Hear People Say in Ireland (Unless They’re Tourists or Taking the Piss)

Anything serious about Leprechauns and Pots of Gold

I mean there’s a Leprechaun Museum in Dublin (never went myself) so you might hear people talk about leprechauns there. But generally just out and about you want here talk of leprechauns or pots of gold. I did however take taxi where the driver (when finding out I was from Canada) asked me if I believed in Bigfoot, which lead to a really interesting conversation.

The black stuff

The black stuff refers to Guinness, but not once in almost in almost two years living in Ireland did I ever hear anyone ask for, “a pint of the black stuff” (and I spent a year working at a pub). People would just ask for a pint of Guinness.

Catch Me Lucky Charms

No one will say anything about “catching me lucky charms.” If you say anything of the sort people will look at you like you’re an asshole. Actually Lucky Charms cereal is American, and while it’s not impossible to find in Ireland (at least in Dublin you can get it at some of the bigger grocery stores) it will be expensive. Usually about €8/box (or $12 in Canada).

We should go to Temple Bar, because the drinks are reasonably priced there, and it’s not crowded at all. 

Hahahahaha. No. I mean go to Temple Bar in Dublin to drink if you want, but there are plenty of pubs in Dublin and lots of other places for a drink (alcoholic or otherwise). Drinks at pubs in Temple Bar are expensive and many pubs will charge you more for your drinks the longer your there (so don’t think that nursing your pint is gonna save you money when you order the next one 40 minutes later).

Wow! You’re 1/16th Irish on Your Mother’s Side? You’re definitely Irish. Have a free pint of Guinness. 

There are a lot of people of Irish heritage in the world, and that’s great. There’s even a museum in Dublin (the EPIC Museum) where you can learn all about the contributions the Irish and people of Irish decent have made (and it is an epic museum). But unless you’re from Ireland directly most of the Irish aren’t gonna care if you tell them your grandmother’s cousin was from somewhere in Ireland. Kind of like how when people found out I was from Canada they’d say something like “oh my niece’s friend moved to Toronto.” I mean cool story, but also Canada is really big, and I live like 4000km from Toronto, so there’s that.

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Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 3 – Talking About a Musical I Hate (And It’s Not Cats) https://www.takemetotheworld.com/musical-theatre-podcast-episode-3/ https://www.takemetotheworld.com/musical-theatre-podcast-episode-3/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 22:04:34 +0000 https://www.takemetotheworld.com/?p=26476 This is post is from TakeMeToTheWorld.com

I love musicals, but I don't love all musicals. In today's episode I talk about a musical I truly hated, and why that is.

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On Episode 3 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast I talk about a musical I truly hated, Shout! The Mod Musical. This was the first show I’ve ever seen where I wanted to leave early, but I didn’t. I stayed for the whole thing and regretted it. In this podcast I’ll tell you why that is.

As mentioned in the podcast my problem wasn’t with the songs (this is a jukebox musical using 1960’s songs) or with the theatre where I saw the musical, the theatre company that put it on, or cast of this show. My issue was with this show was the flimsy story and characters they tried constructing for this show. I analyze the “characters” and plot and reveal how a musical could make me bored, angry, and sad (often at the same time).

I also talk about how I wished this musical should have been set up (in terms of story and character). And I list some alternate musicals a local community theatre could do instead of Shout! The Mod Musical.

Where to Listen to Episode 3

If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 3 on Podcasts.com
You can also listen to and subscribe to the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast on your favourite podcast app or website below.

iTunes

Google Play 

Tune In

Stitcher


Resources – Music

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1900 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows as well. As I see more musicals and listen to more cast albums I’ll add them to this playlist. The albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Shout! The Mod Musical Playlist. This is a playlist of the original songs (not the musical version of the songs) used in this show. I believe there are few bonus songs not in the show.

Other 1960’s Set Musicals

In the podcast I talked about a few 1960’s set shows that you could watch/put on in place of Shout! The Mod Musical. They are

Hairspray. This is based of the 1988 John Water’s movie of the same name (which is not a musical). In 2002 Hairspray was adapted into a Broadway musical, which won several awards.You can listen to the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.  In 2007 a movie version of the musical Hairspray was released. Hairspray is a good musical that strikes a nice balance between fun and campy and more serious themes of racism and segregation.

Hair. This is a rock musical focused on the counter-cultural movement of the US in the 1960’s. It debuted on Broadway in 1967 and was very revolutionary for its time (in the both subject matter it covered and how it covered it). You can listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording of Hair here. In 1979 a movie version of Hair was released. Hair has become an important musical in pop culture and in musical theatre. 

Dogfight is a musical based on a 1991 non-musical film of the same name. The musical is about three US Marines back from Vietnam who have a bet on who can date the ugliest girl. I personally haven’t seen this show or the original movie, but I have enjoyed listening to the Original Cast Recording. The music and lyrics for this show are by Benj Pasek and John Paul, who’ve had several hit musicals including Dear Evan Hansen and the movie The Greatest Showman.

Violet is a musical about a young, disfigured lady named Violet, who goes on a journey from North Carolina to Oklahoma to be healed. Violet has had two Broadway productions. You can listen to the 2014 Broadway Cast Recording of Violet here. The music for Violet is by Jeanine Tesori, one of the most prolific female composers in musical theatre (she also did several other well-known shows like Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie). Like Dogfight I haven’t seen Violet myself, but I have enjoyed listening to musical.

Resources – Websites and Apps

Here’s an interesting article (completely non-musical related) about women’s liberation in Britain in the 60’s and 70’s.

Reddit Musical Thread.This is a great place to go if you want to talk about musicals, or get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.

Use the Code JGZYL to save £10 (or $10) on your first order with Today Tix.


Have you seen a musical you hated? I’d love to know which one it is. Leave a comment and rant below.

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