Yesterday, Saturday, I woke up at about 11:00. Then, Lauren Swanson and I made plans to meet up and have lunch because we were going to Les Mis at 5:00. We met up with the rest of the group before the show and found our seats. We were in the middle of the balcony, but we could see perfectly. The show was over the top and even better than I expected. My favorite songs were Bring Him Home and On My Own. The first song was sung by the protagonist, Jean Valjean, and he pulled off some of the highest notes that I have ever heard a man sing. Great falsetto. I felt like I could sit there and literally just take in the music forever. I didn't understand all of the lyrics, but it was sung so beautifully that it didn't matter. The second song was about a girl who is in love with a boy who doesn't love her back, and the singer belted it out. I really felt like her voice portrayed the story and allowed the audience to connect with her and understand her emotions. I definitely want to go see the play when I get back to the states, but I'm afraid that the English won't be as beautiful as the Spanish. Either way, it was an outstanding play, and I can't wait to see it again. I decided that one of my goals for next year is to go to more shows at the IU auditorium. I love theatre so much that it's worth spending money on. I definitely cried at the end of this play, not just because of the sad ending, but also because I was just so happy to be experiencing theatre again. I had forgotten how much I love it, and am so glad that I got the chance to see such a famous play in such a beautiful language.
After the play, we went to Sam's apartment, and he made us tortellini with Alfredo sauce. We also drank wine and listened to music. At one point, we were listening to a list of Jason Aldean songs. It seemed strange, not only because we had just seen Les Mis, but also because you never hear country music in Spain. To be honest though, I kind of missed country music and was excited to hear it.
This was a really great weekend and I am excited to see what adventures this week has in store.
Lauren and me before the Carnaval parade
Palm trees in Vilanova
Some of the girls in their masks
My parade costume