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#theaterkindtakesUK …

… First Stop: Brighton

(the one in which I ramble on and on about workout-pants and food)

I’ll start off my more in depth series about my recent road trip with the first stop of the UK portion of our trip, mostly because I want to put both of our short stays in Belgium together in the end of this series.

As I mentioned in my first post last week we arrived in Brighton around 9:30pm with raining pouring down – but we pretty muchDSCN1075 found a parking spot right in front of our AirBnb (which we booked like a week in advance after I’d found out that the camping site wouldn’t take us with an arrival past 8pm) which was not only very handy, but almost glorious.

We were greeted by our host and settle in our ‘home’ for the next two nights – a very cozy room on the top floor (kind of a former attic). Our hosts we super accomodating and even had parking permits for us to put in the car and maps – my Mom and I love us some maps….

Anyway – the next morning we were up bright and early (time difference! I’m very sensitive to that – I’m that person that is put off by daylight-saving for days!) and I went for a quick run down to the beach, along said beach for a while and then back up. ‘Up’ because Brighton is HILLY. I definitely learned that the hard way when I got lost during my run and found me running back on the same road I took down to the sea – and by “down” I mean DOWN!

After my run and a shower we had one of the coziest breakfasts ever in our room, during this trip I’ve developed a very extensive muesli-habit with ALL the ingredients and I’ve sticked to it up until today. At some point in the morning – probably around 10 we left our place and I took my mother to the sea – that’s one of the things I liked about running right the morning after you’ve arrived somewhere: you explore the area and in a very weird way I always consider myself a pro after that….

DSC_0056Basically when you went straight ahead from our Airbnb-place down to the sea you’d be more or less at the old pier I fell in love 10 years ago when the host family I was staying with for a part of my school trip in 8th grade took me along with their girls down to Brighton from London to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I guess I’ve always had a heart for old and broken stuff. We took a nice walk (wait for the other posts about that trip….that walk-thing will be a pattern…) along the beach to the pier and from there we turned towards the lanes – not without a quick stoll around the temple about which I’ve always kept telling one of my favourite memories from the trip down to Brighton 10 years ago when my host-mum asked when (when we were passing the temple in the car): “Lisanne, it looks like the Taj Mahal, doesn’t it?” Me: “Mmmh….I’m not too sure….” She: “LISANNE! Say it looks like Taj Mahal!” Me: “Yes, it looks like Taj Mahal.” Very funny.

The nerds we are we – of course took ALL the pictures of the temple from the outside, but didn’t go inside, because we turned more towards the lanes where we mostly did some window shopping except for when I walked into a Sweaty Betty store and left (quite a while later) with two pairs of workout-pants and with a ridiculous amount of money less in my bank account. The story behind that is that I’d been in the market as you say for a second pair of 3/4-length workout-pants and a long pair. I have this amazing pair of Lululemon DSC_0064Wonder-Under Crops which I love, and I was planning to buy a second pair plus a full-length pair since one pair of cropped pants isn’t really cutting it with my workout-schedule, if you know what I mean…So now Sweaty Betty instead. What really got me into the pants I bought was the fact that they both are reversible – so you basically get four styles in two pairs of pants. And especially the long pair came in very handy for long drives and short flights like the one I took to Vienna in the beginning of September (because on flights I do not proper pants. no way.). Anyway….as with most workout-clothes-stores I could have bought the whole store, because how pretty is all this clothing and I actually need a lot (the amount of workout-socks I own is ridiculous and still from time to time I’ll end up not having fresh socks to wear, oh well…). Enough of that workout-talk here, this is not the place. No.

My Mom was very much into the thought of having proper Fish and Chips which we got for her in a restaurant near the pier (Harry Ramsden’s) I found when I googled Best Fish and Chips in Brighton when I sat in front of a Itsu with my green smoothie across from a Boots and took advantage of the free Boots-Wifi.

After lunch we went a little more back up, away from the sea. I’d done some research beforehand and found a (what appears to be) independent health food store where I wanted to stock up on sugar free Provamel soya-yoghurt (#excitingtimes!) and took some time to go through ALL the raw snack-bars in order to find new things. Infinity Foods is located in the North Laine, an area that has gone from “slum” to hipster. There was an incredible amount of people, but Infinity Foods was probably the second best health store in went into in the UK – the best one being the one and only Whole Foods we tracked down in London. I stocked up on my favourite soya-yoghurt and bought a bit of the Coyo coconut yoghurt (which had me in awe a few days later….it was amazing, I’m in LOVE, everyone in the UK, go out and splurge and buy youself one of those! Right now!).

DSC_0075On our walk back to the place we stopped for a coffee up at Seven Dials (a kinda fancy roundabout close to our Airbnb) in a small coffee shop called Maple Café. Sadly they did not have a restroom when I was in desperate need of one, but they had vegan flapjacks and I can only tell you that I’ve developed a love for this stuff – I’ll have to try out all these flapjack-gone-“healthy” recipies on the internet (without refined sugar and stuff…). Plus the girls working there were AMAZING! When I went inside to pay for our coffies we chatted for a bit and I told them we’d be going to St. Ives the next day and one of the girls gave us a couple of recommendations because she said she was caming there every year! What a funny coincidence, right?

And because we are just as boring as we are we went home around 5:30pm and just chilled in the room, making dinner and stuff.

As I’m typing this this day seems pretty boring and random to me, but it was a great relaxed start for the UK portion of our trip. I swear.

Next week I’ll hopefully be back with a post about our four nights at a camping site near St. Ives, Cornwall.

Links and Recommendations:

If you don’t have too much time I’d say skip the lanes and head to North Laine. 🙂

Our lovely AirBnb-Place with all the warmest recommendations.

Sweaty Betty for the sporty female among you.

For good coffee and nice people in a not too crowded place: Maple Café

For the health-nuggets among you: Infinity Foods

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#theaterkindtakesUK – an Overview

A while back I hashtagged many of my posts over on my instagram with #theaterkindtakesUK which was not really true since I didn’t really take the UK over by any means, but I did travel there during the last two weeks of August.

I can’t believe it has been a month now since we left, but it has been and now I decided I’d put on up a couple of off-topic (aka non-theatre) posts about that trip, because who doesn’t what to know about that morning I jumping-jack-ed out of the tent like a maniac not far from St. Ives? Or that time when ran around the camping-site 25 times and pretty much weirded out all the other folks? Or the time I made my Mama walk London for about 10k in one day? Or about the day we went and visited the real Downton Abbey?

To be honest probably noone wants to read about it, but I’ll tell you nontheless.
This post is going to be an overview about our itinerary and how I made it up.

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So – we went by car…or as we like to put it we took Jochen, that’s our car, out for a trip.
In short we drove the following route: Berlin – Antwerp (Belgium) – Brighton (UK) – St. Ives (UK) – Bath (UK) – London (UK) – Bruges (Belgium) – Berlin, which came up to about 3500 kilometers on the road with all the driving back and forth and the daytrips and stuff. And it was EXCITING!

Basically I came up with the idea of this trip in the aftermath of the Tony Awards (yes, right!) when my fingers almost klicked on the button to buy expensive plane tickets to New York the see ALL the shows and to get my portion of the huge #genderparity and #tesori2015-vibe. Right in the nick of time I suddenly realized that this would be more than just a little extravagant to go over to NYC three years in a row to spend a fortune….instead I decided to convice my mom of the little adventure we had then.

I have dreamt about a roadtrip around South-England for quite a long time now, but I never would have thought that it’d come around so soon. As a person who likes to think and plan everything through until she’s so scared she doesn’t do anything I was very, very chilled about that trip.

Basically I put up the itinerary in just a couple of hours with google maps considering how far we wanted to drive in one day (well….one drive was sooooo long I didn’t consider that all too well, but more on that topic later) and what we wanted to see.

Berlin – Antwerp

I put an overnight-stay in Antwerp in our trip because a) I’ve never been to Belgium – in fact I’ve never been to any of the more Western European countries with the exception of the Netherlands (and Spain….), I know SHAME ON ME, but from Berlin it’s kinda far away….but then: so are the US and Israel… and b) Antwerp is located very conviniently on the route from Berlin to Dunkerque which we chose over Calais as our port. We left at 4 in the morning and arrived there around noon. Not too bad, right?

Antwerp – Brighton

Well….in fact it was Antwerp – Dunkerque – Dover – Brighton. We left Antwerp around noon and drove about 2hrs to Dunkerque where we checked in and then waited. Driving onto the ferry was as easy as 1 – 2 – 3, driving off was a little bit trickier, since trucks were ALL around and…you know….driving on the other side of the road. The drive from Dover to Brighton was about another two hours and we arrived at our Airbnb place around 9:30pm. Originally we had planned to stay at a camping site near Brighton, but a week before we were schedule to arrive I was lucky enough to check back in on them and it turned out that they won’t take any arrivals after 8pm. In fact we were more than happy with that change of plans because it was dark, very very very dark when we arrived (and I’d never put up or tent before) and – YES! – it was raining. I liked to say that I couldn’t have wished for a more British welcome. In these first two hours of the UK part of our trip I drove through darkness, rain AND fog on what is for me the wrong side of the road. And we came out alive.

Brighton – St. Ives

Two nights after we arrived in Brighton we left it already early in the morning (not really, around 9am) because we had a long day ahead of us. We decided to drive mostly on smaller streets since we did want to see something of the country that wasn’t streets and streetsigns or other cars. It took us about 9 hours including VERY long queues in thick fog and me navigating the last twenty minutes in the good ol’ analogue way because apparently SatNavs fail whenever they are told to find a camping site….We put up our tent and arranged everything in about an hours and then we had a glorious cup of coffee. It wasn’t raining.

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We took down our tent and packed the car while it was pouring down like there was now tomorrow. I kid you not. We left at around 11 I’d say after we packed and dried ourselves off and got ready for the ride which took us about 4 hours. Our new camping site was very muddy but I don’t remeber it raining when we put up our (still wet…) tent once more. This time: 45 minutes until the coffee! Yay! And I went for a run around the site.

Bath – London

It took us longer to pack up then we expected since it wasn’t really raining, but our tent was still wet from the nights before and the dew….plus we packed everything super neatly. We left at around 9:30am and arrived in East London where our Airbnb was at around 1pm. Our SatNav send us all the way THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON and I had volunteered to drive. After that I’m not sure to many things can shock me. Really.

London – Bruges

Again, in fact it should be London – Dover – Dunkerque – Bruges. Since we wanted to have some time in Bruges we booked our ferry to leave at 2pm, so we left London around 10 to not have to hurry and there really wasn’t any need for it, the ferry wasn’t fully booked, there was good coffee near the waiting area (I’m talking soya latte here, folks!) and overall it was a very nice experience. The drive from Dunkerque to Bruges is a little more than an hours and with all those one-way-streets in the city center we had a little trouble finding a) our hotel and b) the parking lot we could park. But we did. Eventually.

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We left around 1pm and arrived back home around 9:30 I believe. Funnily enough we aren’t very into long breaks during our rides, even the superlong ride from Brighton to St. Ives we had only a toilet break at a gas station (two birds, one stone…) and a  short stop where we walked around the car a couple of times and then I took over the wheel (we like to go and stop briefly only for a couple of reasons: toilet break, gas/petrol, driver’s change, reached our destination) – however: we happened to have a almost 50minutes long break somewhere close to the Ruhrgebiet in Germany on our drive back and we didn’t even notice. Very, very strange.

But we were home!

So this was a rather short-ish overview of the driving portion of our trip.

Over the next few posts and / or weeks I’m planning on seperated posts to every stop of our trip like what we did there and where we went and what we’d recommend and stuff.

Alright?

See you then!

These are a few of my favourite things … August 2015

After a long time first with weekly recaps and then a long time with no recaps at all I introduced a new series of favourite-posts last month – the monthly ones. (yay!) Because when all these beauty-fashion-lifestyle bloggers can do these favourite-things, then why can’t a theatre-girl, right?

August was travel-heavy as I was on a proper vacation for the last two weeks of the month, I just came back on Aug 31st and now I am excited for September as it has some more travelling in the wings for me. But first: Let’s look back!

Favourite Night out with the Shows
In this past month there wasn’t that many nights out at the theatre – for outher people the 5 things I saw might count as many, but here….anyways….I had fun most nights of those 5. But I might have to say my favourite one was our first night in London when we went to see Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. Gypsy (as in the musical, not exclusively this particular production) will be part of my Master thesis as I have it in mind these days. I had seen a very small very re-imaginatory production 1.5 years ago (read what I thought about that one back then…by klicking here) but frankly I was not all too familiar with the show in depth. So when I sat there seeing it – after I’ve had a dinner of an almond banane smoothie and coffee at Whole Foods in Picadilly Circus – and it fit into my theory and into my MA thesis so well I grew happier my the minute. I know this is a kinda selfish thing to say, but do you know these moments when you’ve had a glas of wine before going to the theatre and everything appears to be so bright and nice and kind of cozy then? That was how I felt – only without the wine.

You could say I was rather happy.

In case you want to see what I thought about the other nights out this (and all the past months) head over to the Theaterkind facebook-page where I post a pic of most tickets / ticket stubs / programmes for every night out and write a couple of sentences about it. Here’s the album with my Tickets of 2015.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes
As we were on a roadtrip we listened to a lot of show tunes while driving (actually here’s a fun thing to do – think of ALL the songs from shows that include driving or mentioning travel. Comment below with your ideas, will you? Please? 😉 ). Our favourites were deifinitely Something Rotten, Finding Neverland (also VERY good for a rainy afternoon of knitting in the tent) and funnily enough Ich war noch niemals in New York which I saw right before we left for the trip and you can’t do too much wrong with a more camp-y version of good ol’ German schlager, right? No? No? 🙂

Favourite Thing on Twitter
As wifi is a rare thing on camping site I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a lot on twitter. But what I didn’t miss was the sad new about the sudden death of Kyle Jean-Baptiste who made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables (and history as the youngest and frist afro-american to step onto stay in the role of Jean Valjean which he understudied). Related to this I have to say my favourite thing was by AnnoyingActorFriend who decided to try and take one another challenge after his successful #dim4joan last year. His attempt was to get the Broadway League to dim all the marquees of all the Broadway theatre in honour of the young actor the New York theatre community had just lost and he wrote a short, but very touching post about why it is important: Why #dim4kyle is important.

And thank you that you’re so meta you blow your own mind and that I love you for your parody but I decided not to make a Smash reference here.

Favourite Youtube-Video
Again this wifi on the camp-site-thing….but what I watched TONS before we left was a probably illegally filmed video of a song from Ich war noch niemals in New York. I got addicted to it because DAMN, Sarah Schütz has got some pipes!

And I’m even a little bit more addicted to “Aber bitte mit Sahne” –

Favourite Moment
After the moment I woke up with a stomach-bug after a super fun night out with friends and some show tunes in Berlin (no, it wasn’t the alcohol, it was the vietnamese food I had before….) won’t make the cut in this category, I have a very big favourite moment that was about two weeks long. I’m thinking of the trip we just got back from. In two weeks we travelled the route Berlin – Antwerpen – Brighton (via Dunkerque and Dover….the ferry….) – St. Ives – Bath – London – Bruges (again, the ferry) and back to Berlin with Jochen, our car, packed with a tent, sleeping bags and all the bits and bops you need. We had a fabulous time and conquered driving on what is the wrong side of the road for us.

Who would like to read one or two little off-topic posts about that trip? Because I would certainly enjoy writing them!

Special Favourite: The Ugly-Cry (once again!)
I planned on featuring a changing special favourite of the month but after last month’s ugly-cry-favourite it’s already time for another one! The second show we saw in London was Billy Elliot (FINALLY!) and all I say is: Billy Elliot and THE LETTER! And Electricity (I even cry when I’m watching a video of a TV appearance of that song). And the reprise of The Letter. I cried so hard my chin got all wobbly and it probably looked like the pit of a nectarine.

Like this:

I hope you had a great summer (is summer already over?) – I have a little more ‘free’ time (haha, good joke) since I won’t go back to school before the end of the month.

What did you do?

Have you had any great theatre-related moments?

And don’t forget to comment the driving-travelling-songs from ALL the shows! 😀