With a 9;30 start, today we got a lot more sleep than yesterday’s early morning. Excited for the gondola skywire ride. after gathering in the lobby, our group split up so we could fit into the busses that took us to the base of the mountain. With a short wait in line we began on our journey through the sky! Our first stop along the way brought us to a rainforest boardwalk on the side of a huge cliff, with a tremendous view. After getting back into our gondolas we were then carried over to our second stop overlooking a huge waterfall. It was an amazing experience. Our final destination was the village of Kuranda, with tons of cafes and small stores to look around. After spending a lovely afternoon there we got onto a vintage style train for our return trip. THe following hour and a half ride exhibited beautiful views of several waterfalls and down onto a cool village. When we finally arrived back in Cairns we trekked back to the hotel for a couple hours of break before the opening ceremonies of the symposium.
The Opening Ceremony began with the procession of participating countries with handbell organizations. Mrs. Shin, chairperson of the International Handbell Symposium, gave her commencement speech. Then following that, The Austral-Asia Handbell organization debuted a piece written by a New Zealand Composer for the Symposium. We then returned to the Hotel to rest up for the First day of ringing.
Aki, Kazu and Julian