Katia Kabanova

Katia Kabanova

Feeling in a rut, though as Alan Bennett says, ‘the good thing about being in a rut is that you know where you are.’ Anyway, I decided to go back to doing things om my own that I wanted to do. This is a good idea as it is very rare other people want to do what I want to do. Left to my own devices I do enjoy living in my hut at the far end of a Norwegian fiord. Anyway – again, I took myself off to the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona to see a production of Katarina Kabanova by Leos Janacek. Down on the AVE, (the high speed train.) Only 37 minutes from Sants Station, and only twenty euros return. (Thank you to rip off British Rail prices for providing the subsidy for my little local trip.) Pinxos and red wine before picking up the tickets in the Basque place behind Santa Maria del Mar, where I met someone who had worked with Toby Jones who said I was much taller than he is. I’m not much taller than anybody. Just how tall is Toby Jones? Anyway – one more time – it was a good production of the not so often performed Janacek. Great score. Cava in the mirror bar beforehand and back in Girona before 21:20. Out of my rut, I feel much more positive about the variables in life. In a ‘notes from the countryside’ way the funfair for Sant Narcis week in the Devesa Park has departed, and the Christmas decorations are up, though they won’t be illuminated until December 1st, if Girona’s easy going rut goes to plan.

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