But to be honest, we just haven't been around home to update our blog.
Now July has been such a full packed month that I am going to do this in two different posts. Part 1 and Part 2...
We have been in the USA and also skiiing/snow boarding in Mendoza... and the other couple of days in between have been socializing with new friends or being a blob on the couch watching episodes on youtube.com of Masterchef Australia 2011. hahhaa... we are pretty behind on the episodes... and it is very very dorky of us.. but we love it! we are totally addicted and it is nice to hear all the Aussie accents and lingo they use (as well as watching some awesome cooking going on and food stuff!)
Actually, just so you all know- we just watched episode 60 to 65 which was in New York City! and guess what, we were just there ourselves, so it was all quite real!
haha.. okay.. I will leave the Masterchef topic alone now.. I can tell that it is making us look quite sad and well... I'm talking about Masterchef when I have just travelled to Boston, New York and Washington DC and also been skiing in the Andes Mountains in Argentina.. not stuff you get to do everyday, and all in the same month..
We are lucky monkeys!
|Chris playing guitar on the bus- we are all singing|
Just to refresh your memory, St George's College offered a Cultural Tour to the USA this year for the Gospel Choir. I conduct the choir so I was definitely going. Chris on the other hand wasn't going at first, he would be staying here in Quilmes while I went away with 3 other teachers to the USA for 10 days. However a supervising teacher dropped out and they offered Chris to be apart of the tour! It was awesome!! So off we go with 43 students and 2 other teachers for 10 days to Boston, New York and Washington DC, doing 4 performances in amazing venues and around that, culturally seeing the USA in these 3 big cities.
I can't believe it has been and gone!
|Boston Skyline and Us|
|At River's School Performing|
In Boston on our first night we went to the 'Blue Man Group' show which was INCREDIBLE!! one of the most entertaining and talented and funny shows ever!! If you have never heard of them, you MUST look them up on youtube!! it was just fantastic!
We performed at 'River's School' which is this very well off private school by a beautiful river. We performed our first time in their concert hall and it went really well!! they kids shone!
Our second performance was at the Harvard University St Paul's Cathedral- AMAZING jaw droppingly large cathedral that we got to sing in! the acoustics were amazing and people were walking in off the street to hear our singing! there was a definite high and buzz from everyone after this performance in such a beautiful, holy and amazing venue! woohoo pumped
After Boston- (which is a beautiful city! great food and atmosphere.. the history is strong) we went to 'the big apple' or New York City! we took our 'executive coach' and landed in our hotel just around the corner from Grand Central Station, the Public Library and about a 20min walk to Times Square. on the corner of Lexington Ave and 52nd St... hehe.. how NYC is that!
|This is so NYC to me|
Our 3rd performance was in a church after working all day with an amazingly talented vocal group called Choral Chameleon- directed by a very talented and fun person called Vince- the kids were inspired and sung so so well after the workshops they did with these people- I think all the students surprised themselves!! it was great!
The highlight for me was seeing 'The Lion King' on Broadway- AWESOME!!! it was so so beautiful and heart felt and the Disney story and ohhh it was just the best!!!!!!! spectacular
|Times Square at night|
|9/11 memorial said to be finish by September this year- The 10yr anniversary of this horrific tragedy. |
Where to twin towers once stood.
|The Statue of Liberty|
|New York goodies|
I bought macaroons... I LOVE macaroons... (hey I'm doing well.. not much talk about food so far thankyou! haha)
After NYC it was off to Washington DC- A highly highly political rich in history area. Culturally was great for the kids to see- I myself had no idea about much of the USA political history or how much it was heralded.. so I learnt alot.
|The Argentine Embassy Performance|
|The Audience at the Argentina Embassy|
Overall.. it was a very full packed 10 days!! the kids LOVED the tour! what an amazing thing the school offers to kids and that parents support it by paying for their child to have the experience! unreal!
So school goes back on Monday and 4 and a half more months and school is over and we are back in Australia for a wedding, a beach holiday and visiting family and friends- very looking forward to this!
If you want to read the day to day happenings in America and see more photos, you can go to the blog of this tour!! it's pretty cool!
Now you need to flick over and read Part 2... this update is way too long.. I will try and keep the next one down a bit! haha