Monday, 30 November 2009

The Voyage: Thursday November 26

We are in Gosier, Guadeloupe. We need to check out of the hotel at 11am, and go to the airport at 2pm. Our flight home is at 5pm.

It is still very hot and humid.
We pack, some people go for a final swim, and at 11am we sit down to finish off any leftovers.

We hand over our last letters to be posted from the Gosier post office, and discuss the difference between land and sea.

It's over.

We had a fantastic journey, and what you've been reading on the blog is definitely not all there is. We will all bore you to death with our stories, but I doubt any of them will really be able to explain to you how amazing it all was.
The eight of us have shared something no one can ever take away from us, and it is now up to us to turn it into a performance that will hopefully convey some of our experiences in a theatrical form of some sort.

The suitcase we will take into rehearsals contains:

24 stories from the sea
24 songs from the sea
8 disposable cameras with a variety of details from our journey
8 miniature performances related to the sea
40 letters (give our take) to people who stayed behind
thousands of photographs
hours of video footage

but most of all individual memories.

Each and every one of us has a collection of stories I didn't publish on this blog. Find whoever of us is nearest to you, buy them a beer (or a rum-based cocktail), and make them talk. It'll take a while before you get bored, and when you do, there are 7 others with different stories.

And if you have stories or songs from the sea, come and find us, we will buy you a beer or a rum-based cocktail and we will listen.

But don't worry, we won't linger and hold on to the past. There is no time for that.
At the moment the Song is on tour in Ostfold, and next week one part of NIE will play B61 in Stuttgart, while another part of NIE will start rehearsals for Around the World in 80 Days.

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