The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Lorient Festival Day 1 - 5th Aug 2016

Lorient Festival Day 1 We finally arrived in Lorient after what has been a mammoth journey to get here! Initially our plans included an overnight stay in Paris & day tour to see the sights before we traveled on to Lorient - Typhoon Nida had other plans! We got delayed for 24 hours in Hong Kong where we were put up in a hotel but not allowed out of it due to the Typhoon - so we decided it was an opportune time to rehearse! 

We had to return to Hong Kong airport as soon as roads were open again so spent most of our 24 hours stay wandering duty free - shopping was very 'high end' so browsing was our limit. 

We eventually arrived in Paris & we're not keen to spend the 5 hours we had to wait for our bus to Lorient in the airport, so we did a quick jaunt into Notre Dame, walked the Seine to the Louvre & had our first non-airport meal in days - it was delicious! 

That was followed with an 8 hour bus trip to Lorient where we arrived to our boarding school accommodation rather travel wearied & sick of the clothes we'd been in for 72 hours (we couldn't collect out checked luggage in Hong Kong). 

Nevertheless, the team has had loads of laughs & remains fairly chipper! Luckily most of the team will be back in Paris after we finish performing in Lorient so missing our day there isn't too big of a deal.

We are all excited to get out & explore Lorient today, meet the other performers, & attack some more rehearsals before our first performance on Sunday. Oh, & sleep horizontally!!

Signing off from Lorient
The Dance Company

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