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Day 7 – And it comes to a close

After nearly a week, we’re wrapping up our Arizona tour traveling back to Phoenix before our return flight. We’ve all had a wonderful time participating in the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival here, meeting new friends and experiencing music in new ways. We’ll be sad to say goodbye to Arizona tomorrow, but I don’t think we’ll miss the heat.

This morning after checking out of our dorms at U of A, we drove to Scottsdale, just outside of Phoenix. We were treated to boxed lunches from a Tucson staple – EG’s, some tasty sandwiches and fruit slushies. From there, it was off to the Musical Instrument Museum, which was definitely a highlight of our time in Arizona. The museum highlights the musical styles and instruments of countries organized geographically, as well as rooms dedicated to exhibits on famous musicians, guitars, and mechanical music. We particularly enjoyed the Experience Gallery – a room filled with instruments just for playing! We all had a great time exploring, and it was fun to hear their favorite experience from each of the boys.

From there it was off to an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet (thanks, Cici’s pizza!), and checking into our hotel for the final night in Arizona. Even though we got in a bit later than planned, we still arrived with just enough time to squeeze in a final treat for the boys – we headed over to the cinema around the corner for a showing of Toy Story 4. We even got recliner seating, and because of a surprise special on Monday nights, popcorn!

It really has been a wonderful week from beginning to end. I hope to share a few “guest posts” from some of the boys over the next day or two, capturing the experience from their points of view, so that’s something to look forward to after today. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to seeing our families again, even if it means saying goodbye to our brothers for now.

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