After waving goodbye to Ethan and Lee in Singapore, the Dins arrived at the airport in Sydney, to a warm greeting from all of our homestays. Most of us spent the afternoon sleeping off the redeye, after which we reconvened at Ted Blamey’s house for a delicious potluck dinner and, of course, more singing. To our surprise, we weren’t the only performers of the evening, as our newfound friend Blake performed a wonderful musical theatre number and Ted himself recited the Cinderella story entirely in a variant of Pig Latin.
It was off to Waverly College (a high school for boys) for a performance and workshop the next morning, as we celebrated our final early call time of tour! After giving our performance, we spent some time warming up and studying an excerpt from Sydney’s arrangement of “The Very Thought of You” with the boys. Following a delicious lunch from the school, the energetic and well-uniformed students gave us a very detailed tour, which culminated in some wonderful views of the city from the rooftop. The Dins then broke off into smaller groups, spending the afternoon exploring Bondi Beach, visiting Harvard friends, and shopping in downtown Sydney. In the evening, several Dins joined Ted at a reception for the Harvard Club of Australia, at which we had the pleasure of meeting several newly admitted students. To finish off the night, several Dins relived their childhoods at a screening of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
The next day was free until the evening, and after a hearty sleep, the Dins were ready to tackle the city. In a day full of art, Danny and I explored the Contemporary Art Museum: