So it’s with a heavy heart that we come to the end of our tour blog. We hoped you have all enjoyed hearing about our experiences – here is the final chapter!
We were understandably reluctant to leave Sydney and sunny Australia on Wednesday and it was the first time in South Korea for me and many of the group. So we were delighted to find Seoul a friendly and welcoming city. From a tourist’s point of view, one need only glance at a map and a friendly local would be at your side offering directions. As performers we were treated like celebrities by many of the audience! On our day off, whilst some visited a local theme park, others of us headed for Gwangjang market. We meandered through stall after stall of beautiful fabrics, from the most exquisite embroidered silks used for the National costumes, to printed cottons and even gortex for raincoats! We sampled local fried corncakes and sat down on heated benches to steaming hot bowls of dumpling soup.
In the evening the whole group were booked in for dinner at a local restaurant: Korean again but this time beautifully presented “haute cuisine”. I for one was grateful for the chance to sample food I was unlikely to order from a menu but ended up rather liking, like water kimchee, a raw beef salad and cold cinnamon tea!
Our last concert of the tour, in the LG Arts Centre, had a real buzz about it. It was packed to the rafters and their uproarious applause and being mobbed in the foyer afterwards for photos and autographs are something we are unlikely to forget in a hurry!
I think my colleagues will agree that this has been an extremely special tour and we can’t wait to revisit all the venues as soon as they’ll have us back!