On the road with Tour Choir, Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dear families and friends,
Monday, 4/25, 5:45pm, 36 National Tour Choir members, one graduate assistant and seven staff were checked in, briefed and ready to roll…or fly, I should say…TO SOUTH AFRICA!!! We were beyond excited. As usual, we were ahead of our ACFEA tour representative, Hugh Davies, who always marvels at our efficiency. In addition to performers and staff, we are being “shadowed” on this tour by 23 family members and friends, our companion tour participants, led by CCC Executive Director, Diane Newcom. So, do the math, and you’ll find that our troupe numbers 67 – and we still managed to be checked in and ready to go ahead of schedule!
We decided, with over eighteen hours of flight time ahead of us, that a walk would be a good way to start, so we headed over the bridge to Terminal A. Security was a breeze and we staked out our usual spot upstairs, above the hustle and noise filling the concourse below, and close to bathrooms and the drinking fountain.
At boarding time, we settled quickly into our assigned seats (reassigned, actually, by Ms. Smith and Ms Burke so that we were NOT in alphabetical order, but next to an appropriate sleeping buddy), enjoyed dinner and a movie and attempted to manage our excitement enough to sleep. Before we knew it, breakfast was served and we were in Terminal 5 of London’s Heathrow airport.
Complete with a Harrod’s, Terminal 5 is not a bad place to spend the day. We lunched at “Giraffe,” with most digging into traditional British fish and chips, followed by Scottish shortbread and Toblerone chocolates for dessert. Setting up journals was the next order of business: title page; topics list; empty pages for the chronology Mrs. Proffitt will be working on; write only on the front of the page and on every other line. The first two topics? “Anticipation,” or “What it was like to sit in school today knowing I’d be in London tomorrow and South Africa the next day,” and “Expectations and Questions.”
Back on the plane, new sleeping buddies, dinner, eye shades, pillows and blankies in place, and ten hours later we were in Johannesburg. And it was 6:30 WEDNESDAY morning. Time flies when you’re having fun!
It is now Wednesday night, and we have had a full day of sightseeing, shopping, soccer, wheelbarrow races and eating. And more eating. Everyone is well and looking forward to a full night’s rest in a BED, especially me! So, with that, I will sign off for now, with more to follow very soon.
Wish you were here!