|February 16, 2016
||[Feb. 16th, 2016|11:55 pm]
Up nice and early this morning, with enough time to do some dishes and arrange things about the house for our time out of town. W drove down to the train station and caught our train to Chicago, which was exactly on time. It was also pretty much on time getting in to the city. We were able to check in to the hotel early, thankfully, and after a quick break we went over to Frontera for our tradition first-day-in-Chicago lunch.
After lunch, we made a quick stop at the grocery store for supplies and then it was back to the hotel room, where I took a long afternoon nap. While I was sleeping, queenmomcat walked over to Adagio for tea and a small teapot for me to have downstairs. (She has a bigger one upstairs for her tea.) In the evening, we had a quick snack at the hotel (they had nachos on offer), and then headed off to the opera.
The opera this evening was Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, which regular readers of this journal will know is one of my all-time favorite pieces of music. The performance did not disappoint. Interestingly enough, the Lyric made the decision to keep the curtain open during the transition from the first to the second act, so you could see the stagehands at work. They also had an announcer narrating the scene change. I assume this is connected to their current fundraising drive to refurbish the stage machinery, but it was interesting nonetheless.
After the opera, we headed back to River North for dinner at Bijan, our go-to restaurant for late nights. And now we're back at the hotel. Usually my time stamp is a lie in a late way, but right now it's actually after midnight. Thankfully, we have an easy day of it tomorrow. And so I'm off to bed with Strauss' music running through my head. There are worse ways to fall asleep.