Sea Odyssey – Saturday am

Friday night I saw the news on BBC about the Sea Odyssey, so this weekend we went to see it. Sea Odyssey is one of the most exciting street theater events this year. Due to the large number of photos and movies, I’ve made 3 different posts: Saturday am, Saturday pm and Sunday.

The story was wrote by Jean-Luc Courcoult from the Royal De Luxe and is interesting, but the show is amazing even without knowing the story. In this play there are 3 giants: the little girl, her uncle and her dog, Xolo. I liked all of them, but the dog was my favorite._MG_3987

Xolo is a Mexican, hairless dog and is believed to have been considered a sacred animal by the Aztecs. He was the latest addition and is 3.5metres long, weighs 200 pounds and can reach speeds of up to 6kph.
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This is Jean-Luc Courcoult, the artist that wrote the Sea Odyssey story.
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The team controlling Xolo was perfect. He was blinking, moving his head, his tongue. The attention to details was amazing, Xolo was moving the ears when we was alert, he made a happy face near kids and he was wagging his tail all the time. A lovely character and a great asset for the show.
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Near us the boat tilted and a lot of water came down on me and hubby while I was filming and he was photographing. We got it on camera, but I was soaked in the process. Luckily it was a warm weather.
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The 50 foot tall uncle was at Stanley Park, pretty far from the docks. So we caught him on the way to St. George’s Hall. I don’t exaggerate when I say he was amazing. His eyes were moving and he was very realistic, as you can see in the movie.
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This is a small part of what happened Saturday morning. You will see the other 2 posts with the afternoon and Sunday’s big finale.

Liverpool docks

We visited some of the south docks. Most of them are part of residential places or business parks.

Albert Dock is the most famous. Jesse Hartley designs the dock in 1839, but the construction began in 1841 and in 1845 the dock opens. Albert dock functioned until 1972. Now it hosts a few museums, restaurants and bars and it’s the starting point for sightseeing tours.ld_01

Wapping dock opens in 1834. It has been developed to link Georges, Salthouse, Canning, Albert, Dukes, Kings, Queens and Brunswick docks. The Wapping dock warehouse closes in 1988.
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The duck marines on the dock.
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King’s dock is connected with Wapping dock and Queen’s dock in the south. The dock was designed by Henry Berry and opened in 1785.

Kings dock was rebuilt in 1898 under the Dock Improvement Act and began to import fresh fruit from the Canary Islands, which was stored in quayside sheds. Samples were taken to the Liverpool Fruit Exchange where they were auctioned.

In early 2000 was planned the development of the under-utilised land at Kings dock. Initial reviews considered a range of options for the site and a concert arena and convention center facility was identified as likely to make the biggest impact on employment, the local economy and Liverpool’s national profile. So it was built the Echo arena and the Wheel.
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The Liverpool Cathedral seen from the docks. We went with Festus there, a few months ago.
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Queen’s dock, opened in 1785 and it’s the largest.
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The waterfront continue with the Royal Navy Headquarters (RNHQ) Merseyside, the HMS Eaglet establishment of the Royal Naval Reserve. This and the other docks in the southern system are owned by British Waterways.

Our Easter

Yesterday was the Orthodox Easter. For us, the religious celebrations mean traditional food, spending time at home, having quality-time as a family and getting presents. This year we got a lot of chocolate eggs, taking advantage of the offers we found before and after the British Easter.oe_01

I dyed eggs again. This time I had 4 colors, so I boiled 16. A lot of eggs for 2 people, but we’ll finish them in 2-3 days.
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I baked cozonac. It’s a Romanian traditional sweet that it’s made at special occasions. The cozonac is a loaf, similar to the cross bun, made with milk, eggs and sugar. In the interior I make a special dough with cacao and I put raisins, Turkish delight and walnuts.
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Another idea I’ve “stolen” for this Easter. Chocolate eggs in a black-muffin nest with some lemon curd. A strange combination, but I love it.
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This is one of the presents hubby got for me. A flower-cake tray. On Saturday we went shopping in the Center and I saw this at Aldi, so hubby got it for me and I had to use it.
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My first flower-cake. I’m so pleased with the silicon mould, I think the cake looks great.
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British easter and Florii

Yesterday we celebrated the British Easter and the Florii, the Romanian corespondent of Palm Sunday. Hubby’s middle name comes from a flower and on Florii (flower-day) is his name-day.

For the Easter celebrations I baked cross buns and I dyed eggs. I like the cross buns and it is not the first time I eat them. The recipe it’s easy, very similar to a traditional Romanian sweet, cozonac. I’ll make cozonac this week, for the orthodox Easter.
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Although we don’t believe in superstitions, I shared a cross bun with hubby…so, we’ll not argue at all this year :)

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For the Florii I made some sweets for hubby. Sorry, no pictures.

And, of course, our fur-kids had their own special meals yesterday: Festus (our dog) received some canned fish in oil and Chubbchubbs (our cat) a special wet food, my mother took care of that.

P90X graduate

I’m happy to announce I’m a P90X graduate! This was my last day and the results are better than I hoped! I started 3 times so far, but the computer broke down twice so I had to stop. This time my laptop survived and I was able to finish it…and now I’m a size 8!

Let me tell you about the program. It has 11 workouts that combine cardio, martial arts, core, strength and flexibility. The workouts alternate to create the “muscle confusion”, as Tony Horton says, to prevent hitting a plateau in your training. The plan integrates 6 workouts per week and the 7th one, stretch, it’s optional. Even if I skipped yoga and stretch or some workouts because I was too tired or busy, the results are very good.

I was slim when I started (size 10), so there isn’t a huge change in that prospective. Nevertheless I lost 4.5 pounds (2 kg) and my body fat is way lower: from 31.65% to 25.93%! I’m very happy with this result and I’ll continue working so I can lower my body fat even more. I lost 3 inches (7,5 cm) from the waist and 1.5 inches (4 cm) from the hips. I lost 9 pounds (4 kg) of fat and gained 4.5 pounds (2 kg) of muscles.

In January I was able to do 28 regular pushups and now I can do 100 pushups per workout, and I can do many more with my knees down. My strength is much higher, for example I can easily lift a big branch for Festus or his bag of food of 15 kg.

Hubby took some pictures of me doing different exercises. One-arm balance push up from the chest, shoulders & triceps workout. On the last workout I did 13 push ups.p90x_01

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Stack foot push up from the core synergistics workout. On the last workout I did 8.
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Side kick from the kenpo workout, 60 kicks every time.
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During the program I eat 2000-2200 calories/day, with a few exceptions (from 1700 to 2600). I tried to keep my protein intake around 1.2g/kg and after the strength workouts I had a whey protein shake. As usual, 50% of the calories were carbs and the rest proteins and fats.

On Wednesday, hubby and I will start all over again. We will run twice a week, so the program will be a little different.

Bring it!

Update: We started on the 11th April, a week later than planned.