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Tuesday 19th July 2016

Day 27 - Finally home

DAY 27 (COLIE)

Today we woke up in our same clothes and some of us went down to get breakfast. After breakfast, my roommate Brooke and I went back to our room to hang out until call at 12:30. Brooke and I sat out our window and watched all the planes that weren’t ours take off. Once we went down for call we had to turn in our room keys to get a token to take the bus back to the airport.

While waiting I think we as a group successfully cleared out the hotel lobby of all its green apples. Once at the airport we sat and waited for awhile while Raye Lynn and Hallie worked to get us vouchers for lunch and finish sorting out our tickets to make sure we got home today. With those vouchers we had an hour to get lunch before we went through security, since we got to the airport so early.

The 14 of us split up between KFC and McDonalds before meeting up to go through security. Once through security, we had time to relax and get snacks before boarding, just grateful to be in the airport, with a plane to get on to get us home. Once on the flight I was happy to find that my seat was next to Lauren in premium economy so we had lots of room. They gave us chocolate, orange juice, and other cool stuff. We both felt super fancy and were ready to sit back, relax, watch movies, and enjoy the flight. We finally landed back in the states around 7:40, made our way through customs, got our luggage, and boarded the busses to take us back to FSPA.

This is when it really started to hit that we were home, and tour was over. As sad as I was to go home, I could not wait to see my family who was unable to come on the tour with me. At the time, missing our first flight home seemed awful, but looking back, I was thankful to have one more day to enjoy the tour, the people around me, and look back on the incredible experience we just had. Thank you to everybody involved for making my first tour so unforgettable!

 

  

Monday 18th July 2016

Day 26 - Tour extended!

DAY 26 (AARON)

Dear diary,
Due to my previous entry I know you may have thought that I would be heading home today. Well it's your lucky day! Thanks to our friends at Lufthansa, our stay has been extended.

It all started this morning in Todi. We packed the bus early and were on our way to the airport in Rome. We all made it through security and were waiting at the gate when we heard the fantastic news: the gate had changed! There was much rejoicing. We then spent the next hours sitting in a crowded terminal among with hundreds of other excited passengers. We finally boarded and as we looked at the clocks it became clear that we wouldn't be making our 5:05 boarding time in Frankfurt for our second flight. It also became clear that we wouldn't be making the 5:55 take-off. Despite efforts of holding the flight, our lovely plane left without us.

Our next flight is tomorrow at the same time. This means that we get to be in the beautiful and joyful town of Frankfurt. There was much rejoicing. We had a quick dinner in the nearby hotel and went to bed.

Love,
Aaron "that tall one who sings that deep part in somebody to love" Frongillo

P.s. I'm not quite sure how I'm gonna explain this one to my mum.

  

Sunday 17th July 2016

Day 25 - Last Day of Tour

DAY 25 (BROOKE)

I can't believe today is the last full day of our tour. My roomies (Colie, Susanna, Lauren) and I woke up early to take advantage of every moment. We went to a cute cafe next to the stage we performed at yesterday. It was cool to look out at the huge, empty venue and remember how packed it was at showtime the night before for our show.

We met up with Sam, Griffin, and Aaron to do some shopping and exploring in the rest of Todi. We found a beautiful patio that looked out on an amazing landscape that looked like it went on forever. We stayed there until call time and talked about all the places we've been and memories we've shared. That was the first time it hit me that the tour was coming to the end. We met up with the rest of the group for lunch and then wandered around town until it was time to get ready for our final dinner.

We dressed up in our nicest clothes and took probably 5,000 pictures. When we sat down for dinner everyone got a little nervous for our final night speeches. It was an emotional night for sure because everyone's speeches were so unique and amazing. As I looked around during my speech, I realized how lucky I am to be surrounded by such great people. The parents, staff, band, and kids have merged into one big family in only three and a half weeks. Thank you for the memories, this is an experience I will never forget.

 — at Hotel Fonte Cesia.

  

Saturday 16th July 2016

Day 24 - Last show in Todi

DAY 24 (SAM)

Today we started the day by waking up at our hotel in Todi, called Hotel Fonte Cesia. We had a pretty free morning to either get up and walk around Todi or to sleep in and wake up for lunch at 12:00. All the boys slept in and all the girls woke up earlier to shop and sight-see. At 12:00, we walked around Todi and decided to have lunch at a nice pizzeria, not too far from our hotel. We all ordered pizzas and the meal was going well, until a few bees came over to our table and started flying around us. To stop the bees, we started trapping them under cups, then we let them go at the end of lunch.

After lunch we got gelato from a gelateria near the restaurant. Next we did some more touring and shopping, but most of the stores began closing for siesta, so we decided we would go to the church and tour the catacombs beneath it. We all paid 2 euros and were able to just walk around the museum and rooms beneath the church which was very cool. After that, it was time for load in and to get ready for the show.

The stage we performed on was outside in the main square of Todi, so many people gathered to watch it. The show was awesome because we had a great crowd and we were all so energized because it was the last show of the tour. We all had so much fun with the show and felt it was a great show to end the tour with. After the show we did our final load out, took photos on the stairs next to the stage, and talked to some of the people that came to watch the show, which was very fun.

Once we were finished, we went back to the hotel to change, then went to dinner at the same pizzeria we had eaten lunch at. We had some more great Italian food and got many orders of soda and French fries. After dinner we went back to the hotel and went to bed, so we would all be well rested for the next and final day of the tour. Overall, we a had a great day, with an amazing final show!

  

Friday 15th July 2016

Cortona

View of sound check from the 4th level balcony at this beautiful opera house in Cortona, Italy!! Such an exciting venue for tonight! #EYtour — at Teatro Signorelli Cortona.

  

 
 
 
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