Archive for November, 2010

Nov 18 2010

Night at the Museum of Fine Arts & A Ballet at the Opera House

General,News,Travel | Nov 18, 2010

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La Bayadère is my new favorite ballet. I saw it this past weekend at the Boston Opera House and absolutely LOVED it!  La Bayadère was first performed in 1877 by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Choreographed by Marius Petipa and composed by Ludwig Minkus, La Bayadère is a romantic ballet set in ancient India.

The first act begins with temple dancers, Bayadères, celebrating the Indian Ritual of Fire. During this ceremony, the High Brahmin declares his love for the most beautiful Bayadère, Nikiya. But Nikiya rejects him and instead meets secretly with Solor. They dance and swear eternal love over the Sacred Fire. The High Brahmin sees them together and in an act of jealousy, he vows to take revenge on Solor. Continue Reading »

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Nov 04 2010

Impressions of Belize in the Off Season

Travel,Travel Tips and Resources | Nov 04, 2010

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The Belize Cayes--photo by Nastia

The low season in Central America, which takes place during the fall months, means unpredictable weather with a chance of hurricanes. This is supposed to keep the tourist flow to a minimum. I put my trust in the guidebooks that promised a quiet time on the Caribbean coast and hoped for sunshine when I booked accommodations near the small island town of San Pedro, Belize.

Luckily, the Moon Spotlight Belize Cayes was right regarding the weather, and we ended up having the most amazing time. The skies were clear, the water was stunningly blue, and iguanas showed themselves quite often. It rained once, and it was a welcome relief after both my mother and I had gotten very sunburned – me from snorkeling, and my mother from sitting on the boat and worrying that a shark would get me while I was snorkeling. Continue Reading »

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