MET Opera

Wednesday night we went to the Metropolitan Opera. It was the first opera in my life-time, premiering at NY Met isn't too bad, right? :-). We enjoyed Verdi's La Traviata. The Met premises are really spectacular, orchestra accompaniment was brilliant, the scenes were gorgeous and the music was delicious and sentimental. I must confess that I spent half a play crying like a Magdalene. In fact, the "Amami Alfredo" aria sank me down and from that point I was moved the rest of the play. Unforgettable.


Salvador Espriu

The Ramon Llull Institute is organizing in New York a bunch of activities during the spring season, in order to show a little bit of the catalan culture. The program titled Made in Catalunya. Catalan Culture in New York embraces exhibitions, performing arts, symposiums and literary events. Last weekend Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith read Catalan Poetry in the frame of this CataluNYa program. Among all the wonderfull poetries they told there is one of my favourites. You can get the translation here. Now that i'm gone away to the north while I read lamentable news from the catalan politics, I often remind Espriu and this poetry.

Oh, how tired I am of my
craven old brutish land,
and how I'd like to get away from it
to the north
where they say people are clean
and noble, learned, rich, free
wide-awake and happy.
Then in the congregation, the brothers would say
disapprovingly: "Like the bird who leaves the nest
is that man who forsakes his place,"
while I, now far away, would laugh
at the law and ancient wisdom
of this, my arid village.
But I must never follow my dream
and I'll stay here till I die.
For I'm craven and brutish too.
And what's more I love, with a
desperate grief,
this my poor,
dirty, sad, unlucky homeland.


Saint Patrick's day

Today we celebrate Saint Patrick's day all over the city.

The best way to enjoy this party is drinking beer even when it's not Irish.


Broadway Musical

As far as it's advisable to go to a Broadway musical if you visit New York, it is also indispensable to enjoy that one. It's new in the NY musical scene and I strongly recommend it.


Carnegie Hall

Yesterday we went to the most famous music hall in NYC. It was a trip organized by the OISS within the USFest program. The first premiere of Carnegie Hall was performed by Tchaikovsky and all the music celebrities of the last century played there. The hall has a little museum in which you can find among many other treasures, original programs signed by Pau Casals.


Our NYC sweet home

Take a look at this nice tower and check out its building website.
That's our NYC home. It's amazing, right?
Ask for us there if you visit Downtown Manhattan.

Henry Kaufman Management Center

During the Spring Break, Stern seems a ghost school. However at least two fearless students keep the eternal flame of NYU's torch burning. Look at them, enjoing courageously the great facilities of the Henry Kaufman Management Center on Sunday night.


Anti-Establish Mints

Some times, we also work a little, as this photo barely attemptes to show. Anyway we always try to do it with a fresh Anti-Establish Mind.