The ICTF Fam Tour Begins Today
Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
7Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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I awoke early a felt very refreshed so I put on my jogging clothes and went out to see if I could find somewhere to run. I didn’t have to look far. The Pollock halls complex is surrounded by a beautiful hiking path/bike trail and there is also a big volcanic ash mountain just across the street which you can climb right to the top and gaze upon the city and environs from a place called (King) Arthur’s Seat. It looked tempting but I had gone for a good run. So I decided to leave that outing for another day. Back at the residence, I continued to read and learn as much as I could about the Fringe and Edinburgh in the information the Pollock Halls provided, I discovered that I could pay 2 pounds for 120 minutes of phone calls which was a great bargain. I used it to reserve tickets for shows and of course to call home. What a deal! It was great to have that connection while I was travelling on my own
At 12:30 all of the participants met each other. We were greeted by Todd kersey and Cara Bonazza from the ICTF. We were all introduced to each other, and then taken out to lunch at The Crags, a restaurant in the neighbourhood. It was a very friendly atmosphere and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people who do what I do for a living. It was a good mix of ages and experience and there was no shortage of things to talk aboutJ I couldn’t help but think about how much fun our actors and des- techs will have when they have the opportunity to share their training experiences with others from colleges and universities from across the US.
After lunch we were taken on a panoramic bus tour of the city with a tour guide named Marina. She is a wonderful story teller and we all enjoyed her commentary very much. Her knowledge of historic details, anecdotes and especially her sense of humour filled with dry Scottish irony kept us thoroughly entertained. After the tour, we met in one of the common rooms of a residence to go over our itinerary for the week, ask questions etc. We were then invited to go to dinner at Pollock halls or go off on our own. I chose the latter and headed back out into Fringe territory to get my theatre fix for the day. I went back to The Bedlam and saw two shows. The first called The Wake was well done , an interesting exploration of family relationships, two actors playing about seven characters, that sort of thing
It was getting late so I decided to head home, but managed to get lost again, this time quite thoroughly and had to take a taxi home because I had wandered so far afield. I figured out where I went wrong though and was determined to get it right tomorrow! I got home and called Charles which was great fun I had some difficulty figuring out how, but eventually managed to set my alarm on my new Blackberry and then I fell asleep. Tired and full of excitement for tomorrow.