travel

Bath, United Kingdom

Jeanette Kakareka



So, this was a while ago now but I wanted to blog about it anyway because it's a fond memory and I recommend making the trip if you ever can. During the long Easter weekend, my boyfriend and I stayed two nights in Bath.

We booked a hotel right by the train station which was super comfy and easy. We checked in about as early as possible then headed for a walk around, stopping into some antique stores and saw the Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent, and the Assembly Rooms.
 

Outside of Train Station

Outside of Train Station

I was especially excited about the Assembly Rooms because I could imagine all of the Georgian parties and gatherings. It was also free.

Jin inside of the Assembly rooms

Jin inside of the Assembly rooms

Polaroids on the Bridge and around the Crescent.

Polaroids on the Bridge and around the Crescent.

I had heard recommendations to check out Sally Lunn's, which not only had great food and teas, but is also one of the oldest standing buildings in Bath.

I ordered a mushroom traditional trencher dish, and he ordered a steak with some sort of apple sauce.

I ordered a mushroom traditional trencher dish, and he ordered a steak with some sort of apple sauce.

We then went back to relax at the hotel and that was the end of day one.

Day two began with getting our breakfast from the hotel and then heading to the famous Bath Abbey. A free thing to do, although they do suggest a small donation.

The beautiful fan vaulting of the ceilings inside.

The beautiful fan vaulting of the ceilings inside.

The abbey was originally founded in the 7th century, but rebuilt in the 12th and 16th century. We both really enjoy going into churches for the architecture, and this was apparently a more unusual example of the Gothic style. The gravestones inside of the abbey floor and walls were really interesting to read and we enjoyed getting a close look at the stained glass. We definitely recommend taking a look inside and grabbing one of the free paper pamphlets, which can give you extra information on what you are seeing.

Next, we went to the Roman Baths, which is located right next to the abbey. It costed £15 per adult and everyone is given a free audio guide in a number of languages. There were many recovered artifacts from the Roman period of Bath's history, (when they called the town "aquae sulis"), including the Gorgon's head. The buildings that now surround them were built in the 18th century.

A shot of one of the stunning Roman bath pools.

A shot of one of the stunning Roman bath pools.

Inside the Pump Room, where you exit after the baths

Inside the Pump Room, where you exit after the baths

After lunch and coffee in a cafe, we went to see the Jane Austen Centre, which, as much as I love her work, I didn't love the museum equally. But Jin did enjoy writing with ink and it was nice being inside of the house that she lived in for five years. This was £11 per adult.

After we left, we took a long scenic walk around the town by all the shops and ended up by the river. Bath is a beautiful town to just walk around and enjoy the outside of its many historic buildings. We then got some dinner takeaway and hopped our train back to London.

We had a lovely weekend and definitely suggest it to anyone with the ability to take a small trip over.

Island Life

Morgan Quinn

It's almost my birthday people! I'm turning 23 years old on December 22nd! This may be surprising to some of you if you're familiar with my face because I don't look a day over 12! Every week someone asks me what middle school I go to. I mean really? Really?

 

You may have noticed my birthday is very close to Christmas! I'm a Christmas baby! I left the hospital to Jingle Bells so it's pretty much my life anthem. Anyway, I'm getting majorly off track. This post is dedicated to my holiday/birthday travels!

 

I'm going on a cruise to the Caribbean!! I have never experienced a cruise or the Caribbean for that matter but I'm going into it with an open mind and a lot of bathing suits. I'm very excited because I'll be in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic on my actual birthday and Turks and Caicos on Christmas! Island life! I'm ready to eat a lot of food, swim so much I become a fish, and just enjoy every moment.

 

My only fear is a potential Zombie outbreak and being stuck on the ship. Don't lie, I know you are thinking it.

 

I can't wait to share some pictures when I return. 

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Las Vegas Birthday Weekend

Nicole Voris

We recently went to Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday.  I love going to Vegas for one day or two because it is a nice easy getaway from Los Angeles.  It is a short drive and it's fun to bask in the ridiculousness of the city.

We realized when we arrived that it was the Rodeo finals.  There were sooooo many cowboys.  I grew up in the country and know and love many working cowboys, but it's really funny to see them in Vegas outside of their natural element.

Even he was a cowboy

Even he was a cowboy

 

I did not pack or dress for the rodeo finals.  I stuck to an all black and white palette.

I had a great weekend and a great birthday! I'm lucky to have such wonderful people to take me!

Birthday outfit

Birthday outfit

Packing for Seattle

Nicole Voris

I recently traveled to Seattle to perform.  I was lucky enough to be a part of one of my best friend's pieces.  Thank you Erin Crall for including me in your vision! I felt lucky to be a part of it!

When I travel, I try to pack as light as possible.  I can't stand it when I pack and take something with me, but it doesn't end up being used.  It's a game for me, a sad adult game, but a game none the less.

Going to Seattle in November with the second side of performing made it a bit more of a challenge for me.  I stuck to my normal strategy of packing mostly in the black and white realm.  I also added a coat and a poncho that I could wear as a scarf.

Ballet Clothes.  Sochi likes to help pack!

Ballet Clothes.  Sochi likes to help pack!

Regular clothes including pajamas

Regular clothes including pajamas


Traveling clothes (including the poncho!)

Traveling clothes (including the poncho!)

I also ended up adding a pair of boots, a cocktail dress for the show reception, and a pair of flats. I also forgot to photograph my toiletries and makeup, but I'm sure you get the idea!  I packed it all in my travel backpack.  I'm proud of how well I did this trip! What are your packing strategies? Any tips?

-Nicole 

Surviving on tour

Jeanette Kakareka

You may have noticed from all my Instagram and blog posts, but I do a lot of both national and international touring here at English National Ballet. We have now begun the start of our 5 week regional tour throughout the UK, and with that on the brain, I thought I would give your some touring pointers for those of you who are new to it. It's hard to avoid touring if you're in the business, plus it can also be a lot of fun!

Rehearsing Odalisques from Corsaire while on national tour during my first season at ENB.

Rehearsing Odalisques from Corsaire while on national tour during my first season at ENB.

1. Be smart about purchasing food. 

This is essential to not going over touring allowances... Or perhaps even saving some of it! If you can stay somewhere with a kitchen, cooking most of your meals is always best. The problem is, you don't always have that option if you're staying in a hotel. So this is when finding some cheap eats is important. Either look online or take a walk around to find some small sandwich shops or cafes with reasonable prices. Then buy your snacks (like yoghurt, nuts, etc) at the grocery store instead of when you're buying lunch. They always hike up the prices for those things at take away places. 

2. Pack some basic medicine and throat lozenges. 

After dancing in perhaps less than perfect conditions, going in and out of hot and cold, traveling for hours, etc, it is easy to find yourself a little under the weather. It can be a real pain having a sore throat and then having to choose between suffering through it or running to a pharmacy between shows. It's best to have a general pain killer, throat lozenges, and some sort of cold medicine or tea already at hand. I also suggest keeping vitamin C tablets around in addition to taking your every day vitamins and probiotics. 

Part of my personal stock. 

Part of my personal stock. 

3. Peppermint tea. 

Most hotels at least have a kettle in the room! A little something to help you relax and wind down after a show is always welcome. Or, if you're like me, you get a little stressed or overwhelmed sometimes and peppermint tea can really help alleviate those feelings.

4. Bring a few clothes you can mix and match. 

You don't want to weigh down your suitcase with a different outfit for every day. You'll need that space for ballet stuff (or souvenirs if you're on an international tour). Plus, if you're traveling during the autumn/winter, no one will see what you're wearing underneath your coat anyway!

I <3  ️ sweaters!

I <3️ sweaters!

5. Ice and physio. 

I am one of the first to get a little lazy about properly taking care of myself when I feel overwhelmed by shows. It's so obviously counter productive... And yet I find myself doing it! It's more important than ever to force yourself to do what your body needs to help it function at its peak. 

6. Wear warm clothes for cold stages and compression socks. 

I have been in quite a number of cold theatres, unfortunately. And until they sort out the problem, (or sometimes they don't...) you'll need something to warm up you up when you feel a bit chilled to the bones. Keep those knits and thermals handy! Additionally, compression socks for your shins are very popular here at ENB. They're good for preventing or lessening shin pain and I highly recommend finding yourself a pair or two of the shin sleeves. 

7. Something to occupy you. 

Music on your phone, a book at hand, or a downloaded movie is important for keeping you busy during plane or bus rides. Not all planes will allow you to watch movies for free, or worse, your headset plug won't work at all. I've forgotten to bring anything along before and being bored made it a loooooong journey!

8. An international adapter. 

They can be really expensive, but I found one on Amazon for a deal and it makes my life so much easier! Mine has two USB plug-ins as well as a spot for plugs. 

Very handy and not too heavy.&nbsp;

Very handy and not too heavy. 

9. Remember to let things go. 

While it is obviously important to do whatever you can (within reason) to do your job better, you also have to leave stage door and live your life. When you leave, say whatever you need to say but also have different conversations then you might have at work. You will be more present while dancing, and also while with the ones you care most about, if you can learn to tell the difference. 

10. Positive people. 

Ok, you can't literally pack people, but hopefully you have a few true friends around and you know who they are. You can all form a support group for one another and help each other maintain an overall positive attitude even when the going gets tough!

Playing tourist with my friends Guilherme (left) and Vitor Menezes while on tour in Madrid.&nbsp;

Playing tourist with my friends Guilherme (left) and Vitor Menezes while on tour in Madrid. 

... Happy touring!

Universal Studios, Singapore.

Universal Studios, Singapore.