Our industry sessions with Broadway professionals – actors, producers, marketing managers etc have all been very stimulating and highly educational for the students. Between these sessions and the theatre shows, this tour has been fantastic for the students and will both directly and indirectly impact everyone in their drama studies at school back home in Melbourne.
Today was our first real day of rain in NY. It clouded over and rained fairly early in the peace which was a little disappointing. We had a bus hired so we coached to the famous Brooklyn Bridge and got off and walked from one side to the other.
We then went to Macy’s shopping centre for all those girls who haven’t yet bought an extra suitcase full of clothes and other stuff for the trip home! Actually, I don’t have a leg to stand on myself. I went a little crazy on the ‘kicks’ (casual Nike, Adidas and Converse shoes) while in NY … because they were about one-third the price of those in Melbourne. After buying nine pairs of new shoes, it was off to buy a new suitcase especially for them! For those who didn’t already know, Macy’s is two adjoining buildings, nine storeys tall. It spans one entire block of New York City and is the largest department store in the world. Its quality is a cross between Myer and David Jones back home, leaning towards David Jones.
Finally we went to Central Park, and while overcast, by this time the rain had stopped. It was still picturesque without the sun overhead and we all enjoyed a half hour walk in the park before taking the 75 minute, 5-mile-an-hour bus ride to one of New York’s three airports, JFK.