Month: August 2015

Nabucco at Seattle Opera

Nabucco at Seattle Opera

“Zeus isn’t real,” my daughter confided one day when she was four. “How do you know?” I asked. “Yesterday I told a lie on purpose and swore by Zeus.” Swearing by Zeus was fashionable among her older sister’s Percy Jackson-obsessed friends. “And I didn’t get hit by lightning. Zeus isn’t real,” she concluded. Fortunately, in…

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The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

We were walking from the Tsingtao Brewery to Taidong Shopping Street. Beer Street fizzled out after the giant neon rainbow arch anchored by beer bottle sculptures on either side of the road, and there was still no sign of Taidong shopping street. We stopped two young women to ask for directions. I showed them the…

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Qingdao Shopping: Atrium City and Taidong

Qingdao Shopping: Atrium City and Taidong

When you’re 10 years old, the most important part of traveling is buying souvenirs for your friends, so we spent our first afternoon in Qingdao shopping. I wasn’t quite ready for Chinese public transportation, so I played rich foreigner and asked the hotel to call a taxi to deliver us to Atrium City, an entire…

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