Today was definitely one that the kids (and the chaperones) will not soon forget. All of out expectations were blown away. We started the morning with our usual delicious breakfast and then started our commute to the UN headquarters in Vienna. These headquarters are known all over the world as there are only 3 worldwide. We entered through what felt like airport security and then we're greeted by 193 flags and a fountain...
We then took pictures, hung out and waited until it was our turn to sing In this beautiful outdoor space.
After we sang for 20+ choirs and important representatives at the UN, we got a short but great tour from our tour guide Petra..
Then- my favourite part of the day- the balloon release. We happened to be singing at the UN headquarters for the day of Human Trafficking Awareness. We heard emotional speeches made by representitives explaining what human trafficking is, and how an awareness needs to be made. Although most of the kids didn't quite understand why we were releasing balloons.... It was emotional nonetheless.
Amazing pictures hey? It was incredible.
After the balloon release we were given certificates, commemorating our visit to the UN headquarters, one for each of the kids to keep.
We aren't kidding when we say there are a lot of choirs here! Us Canadians are vey popular too- many picture requests!
The next part of day was unfortunately not allowed to be documented with pictures...my camera and iPad were instantly confiscated upon entering the Golden Theater. You need to Google this place so you know what the kids got to sing in today. Just picture a gigantic theatre, walls and ceiling covered In gold paint and amazing art pieces. It was a truly incredible sight. Google "musikverein" , and you'll find some YouTube videos that will show you this amazing space.
In the theatre the choir had a "sound check" and time to practice getting on and off the stage for the big concert tomorrow evening. They also had a mass choir practice with Gerald, where 350+ singers come together and sing 3 pieces. It was a wall of sound coming at the chaperone filled audience, another highlight of my day.
Finally, the kids got some time to relax at a peace festival choir function. We took the train (conveniently with the Belgium Boys Choir) to the theme park in Vienna where there was a complimentary BBQ for all the choirs.
Last thing- we happened to walk home from the train in a torrential down pour... Oops! It was quite the sight when we got back to the hotel, I couldn't help but take a picture-