Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Francisco and I returned from our Asian vacation on the weekend of our 6.5 year anniversary. I ended up giving him a belated present of tickets to see Cirque du Soleil: Varekai at the Bank of Kentucky Center. This man loves him some Cirque. In February 2009, he had first taken me to see Saltimbanco at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. From that moment forward, he was in love.
Downtown Indianapolis, 2009
I almost bought him some tickets for his last birthday, but the trip up to Columbus to see the show might have been hard to pull off during the week, so I decided not to pass up the deal this time around. Conveniently, the performance for Varekai was scheduled for Sweetest Day weekend!
Snuggling with Travyss before heading out
We decided to have dinner downtown since it was on the way to Kentucky, but we're usually not very good at agreeing on a place. I finally decided we would go to Gomez Salsa, a taco window that had opened recently in Over-the-Rhine - how romantic, right?
We ordered the Turtle Shell to split, which the menu describes as a "Hybrid Burrito, UFO, flat out awesome: We take a burrito-sized tortilla, stuff it with all the goodies - rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies, cheese, and to form it, a tostada to give it some crunch. We seal it up with a cheese of approval, cut it in half and give it to you!" It is as amazing as it sounds. At only $8.00, it comfortably fed the both of us, and the words that this was my new favorite Mexican place in town were quickly uttered.  And they've gotten nothing but rave reviews on Yelp.

And to top off the romantic dining experience, we pulled into the parking lot of the Bank of Kentucky Center and stuffed our faces with this delicious Turtle Shell. But on with the show!
Prior to the show beginning, there were two performers walking around and interacting with the audience near the stage. They were hilarious!
The show was amazing - the setting is "a captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanted creatures", and it literally had me captivated from go. There are human beings juggled with feet - like literally people being catapulted into the air by the feet and legs of their partner. It was edge of your seat kind of stuff. Here is a quick trailer of the show.

If you haven't seen a Cirque performance yet, please do yourself a favor and check one out! These guys are amazing!  


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