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... they are £3 each and that includes having your name and date engraved - tacky in the extreme and Made in China quality. These will be hung along with our half marathon collection, it was definitely worth a medal! We have built up an appetite for lunch so head to find Alice who said she would be waiting at coffee shop. She cannot be found so we head to find our car and driver instead. She is napping in the car...it is clearly a hard life being a tour guide, we ...
... the square. The outdoor courtyard served as the main living room. Although designed for tourists to do some shopping in the former bedroom, now handicraft store, it was none the less interesting to see the layout and we could imagine what traditional living may have looked like.
For lunch, we chose a local restaurant featuring BBQ. We sat at a table with a circular opening in the middle. Soon after settling and ordering a variety of meat, vegetables and rice, a ...
... a complete orchestra on two stages high above the crowd supported by two hydraulic mobile lifts. We were saddened to leave but we had a dinner engagement at a local Chinese restaurant where we were treated to an eight course meal served family style on a chinese lazy susan. And as a surprise they served a cake with a musical candelabra for Audrey’s 62nd birthday. We were very happy to call it a day. Another one starts ...
... character who was walking through the halls of the metro yelling/singing “put your f*cking hands in the air” and “I hate people”. We had ourselves a few puzzled moments trying to figure him out and then crammed ourselves onto the next train... we were the living definition of the saying "being packed in like sardines". So far we'd been enjoying the different local cuisine more than words can describe, but we couldn't help but ...
... of the head rather than the throat. I know that probably makes no sense to most of you, so... just take my word for it.
The other major difference is the purpose of each type of music. Western opera is very flashy and intended to be a performance. There are soloists, divas, extravagant sets and orchestras and much of it is composed to please an audience. Kunqu, however, is a very internal emotional experience. It is not meant to be "performed" necessarily, but used to ...