All posts tagged: entertainment

Quebec City – Canada’s own Paris

As I was preparing to recap my recent weekend trip to Quebec City, I stumbled upon Huffington Post’s recent article entitled “Quebec City: A Closer Pick Than Paris.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Although not nearly not the same scale as the capital of France, Quebec City has its own unique charm and is much cleaner than it’s European counterpart.  It offers some spectacular views of the St.Lawrence river and a taste of it’s French roots in Old Quebec. I literally felt like I wasn’t in Canada anymore.  We were welcomed with stunning views after a short walk up from the Plains of Abraham where Britain won its battle over France.   The European style architecture adds such character to the city, especially the iconic Chateau Frontenac which was previously the residence of British Colonial Governors and now converted into a grand Fairmont Hotel and currently a National Historical site in Canada. You can take a scenic ferry ride across the St. Lawrence river to capture the beautiful skyline with the Frontenac for just a few …

San Diego: La Jolla Cove, Balboa Park and lots of Sangria

We were only spending about 2 days in San Diego but it was more than enough to explore the relatively small city. Obviously, hitting the beach was on top of our priority list.  It wasn’t the most impressive beach but it had a very long boardwalk and an amusement park at the end of it.  Cafes and summer homes lined the beach, giving it a very relaxed vibe. A little further away from the city is a place called La Jolla Cove. Some locals described it as very beautiful and a must-see while others gave us an impression that it was just smelly because of the abundence of seals that lounge around the Cove. We took a chance and decided to check it out and it turned out to be worth the trip. It did smell fishy, but only in certain areas and I thought it was worth it to see so much wildlife living in a Cove that literally had hotels and right off the edge with plenty of humans walking around. The seals …

Berlin: Where to live and breathe the city’s rich history

One of the most anticipated scheduled trips of the program was attending a German Cabaret.  Berlin was hailed as one of the major ‘Sin cities’ of the 1920’s.  Sexuality, experimentation and artistic expression were at their peak right after World War I.  Cabarets are similar to musicals/broadway shows and are often associated with sex in Berlin.  The venue, despite it being a tent, was very glamorous and posh.  The show we watched was an adaption of the actual film called “Cabaret” based off Christopher Isherwood’s novel.  The story depicts the intertwined lives of an American performer, Sally Bowles, and reserved academic writer, Brian Roberts.  Good thing we had watched the film in English prior because the entire show was in German and it was already difficult enough following along.  As you can see, the costumes are very risqué, baring tons of flesh and the dancing is rather erotic.   Not really understanding the dialogue, my focus was purely on the performance and theatrics which were very playful and comedic.  There was a live band and …