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Living vs. Tourism

"You must love living in London." I heard it again and again as I traveled around N.A., catching up with friends and families and meeting lovely new people. Well, yes, I do like London a great deal. I don't know if I'm up to love yet with it - there are certainly bits and pieces of it that I love dearly. The Thames is dear to my heart, for example.

It took me years to feel much in the way of affection for Toronto. I've loved most of the places I've lived in my life up until then, and then I was confronted with this sprawling, ungainly, but well-intentioned city with decent transportation and an awkward relationship with its prime lakefront parkland and pockets of loveliness interspersed with urban wear-and-tear.

Up there with my assumed love of London was the subject of theater. Surely I went out a lot, since London has such a good theater scene. And yes, yes it really does. According to andromakie, it's also a cheaper theater scene than what NYC has, in large part due to better last minute discounts. Theater is also something that, as a general rule, I like a great deal, and with musicals in particular, that I can say confidently that I love. Day-to-day living gets in the way, however, and it's very easy to forget and not make appointments with oneself to go out and see plays.

I made up for lost time this week. I've booked tickets to see Kismet and Aladdin (not in London), and tickets for the Taste of London* as well. Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Sound of Music are on our to-do list, but Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat may trump them in order of viewing. I haven't been to the Chelsea Physic Garden yet, but it's summer, and when would be better? I know I'm going to be a tourist this month because we're hosting four? five? houseguests.

It's easy not to be a tourist when you're busy living. For now, at least, I'm trying to keep the benefits of tourism on my agenda too. Visiting elsewhere helped to remind me of this.

* I really enjoyed this event last year.



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Jun. 15th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
can i be a tourist with you?
Jun. 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Of course!
Jun. 16th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Wow, so many musicals! I'm envious. We were in NYC this weekend and saw Altar Boyz, a hilarious off-Broadway musical. If it ever comes to London, I highly recommend it.
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Jun. 16th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Drowsy Chaperone, funniest thing in the world. Move that one to the top of your list, especially with the opening cast.

And New York theatre has gotten cheaper lately, there are more discounts available and most shows now do student rush (which wasn't the case 3 years ago.) Of the 12 Broadway/off-Broadway shows I've seen in 2007 (eep, no wonder I'm broke)I paid full price for only 2. 1 was Kristin Chenoweth at the Met, sold-out no discounts, worth every penny, and the other was Wicked, which 3 years in is still mainly sold out, and I needed to see Julia Murney! Everything else there was some discount available. YAY. But I miss living somewhere I can have the kind of choice you've got coming up. Have a good season, I'm trying not to go back to NY in Sept to see Julia again. Wanna bet I fail?
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