The Room Where It Happened

If you haven’t heard of the show ‘Hamilton’, it’s the critically acclaimed musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about one of the founding fathers of the United States – Alexander Hamilton.  The casting announcement opened for ‘Hamilton’ in London in December 2016; tickets went on sale January 30, 2017. So in true fashion, my friend and I were at our computers the day, hour, minute and second the ticket sales went out to the public.  I waited in a “virtual” queue for multiple hours until it was my turn to snag four tickets for the January 11, 2018 show.  January 11th happens to be Alexander Hamilton’s birthday, too!  Didn’t know it until after we saw the show.  Originally, the first show was scheduled for November 2017, which seemed disappointing at the time to have to wait until our showing in January.  In retrospect, it worked out because those who got tickets for November/December shows had to be moved since the production wasn’t quite ready.

So, the four of us got to experience what all the fuss was about.  It really did live up to the hype! During the whole show I was in awe of just how creative, catchy, and informative(!) it all was.  The choreography was outstanding/demanding, and to think they usually do two shows a day!  I don’t know how they do it.  I did check out instagram after the show to start following a few of the actors from that night, one of them posted a pic of a box full of “Shack Burgers” from Shake Shack.  Maybe that’s how they do it!

Who would’ve thought to make a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, and then think it would work?! If you get an opportunity to see it, don’t throw away your shot!

 

Throwback Thursdays: Hunting for Polish Pottery

I’m going to restart my Throwback Thursdays series to backtrack and blog about the adventures we took over the last year or so. Those who follow me on Instagram have seen glimpses of what we’ve been up to. It’s the only platform of social media that I use consistently these days.

Hubs and I like to make use of the office holidays he gets here, and this year the dates all happened to fall on a Friday or Monday – perfect for long weekend getaways. At the beginning of May 2017, we went on a road trip to Poland. Our first visit to Poland was in summer of 2015, and we went to Krakow and Auschwitz.

The itinerary this time was Boleslawiec and Wroclaw. If you recognize the name Boleslawiec, then you know it’s world renowned for its unique pottery – in this case, think of everyday dishes bowls, mugs, etc… Many military wives and expats who live within an eight hour drive have gone on weekend expeditions (yes, multiple!) to buy heaps of this stuff.  When I mean heaps, I mean American sized SUVs/mini-vans filled to the brim with boxes and boxes of the pottery. The parking lots were filled with Jeeps, Odysseys, etc. These were dead giveaways of the presence of American military wives since they usually ship their vehicles from the states during their time overseas.

I first heard about the Polish pottery when I happened upon other expat wives blogging about day and weekend trips there. It piqued my interest and I started to do the research. Boleslawiec Pottery is only made with locally sourced clay only found in that particular region of Poland. The intricacies of these hand painted and handmade pieces are just exquisite. There are many collectors and it’s super expensive to buy authentic pieces outside of Europe. Hence, the reason why people come here to buy Costco amounts of this stuff. It’s so affordable to buy it in Poland. I love the fact that it’s dishwasher, oven, microwave safe AND super sturdy. There are many categories of the pottery and usually people buy GAT (quality) 1 or 2 for the above mentioned purposes. The other categories (below 2) are usually just “for show” or decorative pieces. As you can see from the pictures, I had a bit too much fun.

 

I also should mention that it was our very first time trying homemade Pierogis. I also had this savory potato pancake-like dish with goulash stuffed inside. OH. MY. LORD, comfort food at its best! So delicious! My mouth is watering even as I type this.

Onto to Wroclaw! We spent two nights in this charming little city. It’s often mistaken for Warsaw. What was really nice is that it’s not crawling with “English speaking” tourists-yet. Most locals couldn’t speak or understand English-which was quite refreshing. Hand gestures and pointing were greatly appreciated. We loved going on a “scavenger hunt” for the famous dwarf statues of the city. Did you know that there are over 400 of them dotted throughout the town? We found 40 of them during our short stay.

Poland has really captivated us and I have a feeling we’ll be making more road-trips back to explore more of this lovely country!