After breakfast, the foyer of our hotel was abuzz with all the teams and guides, as we prepared to walk into town to the EGMO Opening Ceremony, at Teatro Verdi (a beautiful old theatre, named after the composer Giuseppe Verdi). We were ushered to special seats (the leaders in the dress circle, I (the observer) in a box and the others (deputy, students and guide) in the stalls.
Like in the Olympics (and the IMO), it is always so exciting to watch the parade of contestants, representing so many countries from all over the world, coming together for one purpose – the love of doing mathematics!
Here is the Australian team, walking on from stage left (first photo) and then on stage (second photo).
The organisers then answered some very important questions…
Finally, the leaders got their own parade, too! Can you spot someone familiar?
A nice team photo after the ceremony:
The afternoon was spent on a treasure hunt for those who had the energy; the rest of us had some downtime, battled the Italian museum booking system and worked on some maths problems to get our heads into gear for tomorrow.
Final pep talk from Thanom, and the girls are off for an early night… all ready for tomorrow (exam day 1)!