Hi! Alto Emily Skeen here to report on day two of the wild Chamber Choir excursion to Canada. Yesterday was our long travel day that included hundreds of miles driving, two ferry rides, and a whole lot of coffee.
After a wonderful evening having deep discussions, playing video games, singing with kids, and being VERY well fed by our amazing home stay families in Marysville, Washington, we were back on the road. We made it to Vancouver by noon, and after a brief detour/excursion/wrong turn through the city, one shockingly rude Canadian driver, a sighting of a gray kilt-wearing, beard-having, top hat-rocking Vancouverite, and a playground/bathroom stop we made it through the surprisingly busy city to make it to the first ferry terminal by 2pm.
Then, after a game of inter-van, radio battleship we made it to the second ferry right on time, where we encountered one of our competitors, a high school choir from Slovenia. Now I know what you’re thinking, we really want that totem pole, but we had a lot of fun talking with them and are very excited to see them perform this week.
We arrived in Powell River at 8:30pm, and quickly made our way to our adorable oceanside hotel to get settled in. Surprisingly the sun had not set quite yet and we enjoyed another full hour of Canadian sunshine while we unpacked and began to explore the area. After everyone had eaten and explored to their hearts content we celebrated in true Chamber Choir fashion and, to our credit, only had to be (very politely, of course) asked to quiet down once.
It’s sunny, warm, not to mention beautiful outside today, and we’re excited for kayaking, local food, and of course the opening ceremonies! Stay tuned to hear the next chapters of our tour in wild Canadia!