19th August 2011

On the Bus

Eight wheels. A ton of metal. 28 choirboys.

And one moose.

This is… a day on the coach with Libera!!!

At the beginning of the journey we start off with around 1 hour of Mario kart (a Nintendo ds game) where everyone connects and races each other on, as we like to call it “The Ds Download connectythingy.”  We all look forward to it as a comfortable but exciting way to start the journey. After that everyone breaks off and does their own thing, like listening to some calming music, playing on their consoles, or reading a book quietly. About an hour after that event we have another mode, which we call “off screens”: a period of time when we literally turn off all screens (excluding iPods/Mp3’s) and rest our eyes. We are allowed iPods because they just involve listening, not looking.

img_3658-1After “off screens” it’s usually time for lunch. Most popular is the old Libera favourite, the Cracker Barrel: an old country store in the middle of anywhere we go. Usually after lunch we have yet another mode: quiet time. During this time we allow their food to digest by passing out for a short time.  We usually wake up to the harmonious cry of “screens are allowed.” Occasionally, the fluids consumed by the boys during the trip to hydrate their divine particularities take a turn for the worst; the toilet on the coach quickly emits a staggeringly stagnant stench. This means that everyone HAS to block their noses for a few minutes while the smell still lingers.

As we get about two thirds through the journey, we stop in the nearest town for those “emergencies” that always happen. While we are in the town we have a look around for cool souvenirs to bring home to our families.


The last part of the journey is by far the best. Everyone is singing and talking and having a good time and we’re really curious about what the next hotel will be like and where the next concert will be.

Finally as we pull up to the hotel, everyone stares in awe at the looming building in front of us. I say “everyone” but I actually only mean the people who aren’t catching up on some Z’s, everyone else checks it out the next day.

Then we all stagger upstairs lugging our suitcases behind us and we fall into our lovely beds and go soundly to sleep.

28 Comments on “On the Bus

19th August 2011 at 2:09 am

Is this just a general post about bus riding? If not, I would imagine you are back in England now, after the tour…and, I didn’t know England had Cracker Barrel. I really missed not being able to see you guys on your tour, but hope you come again very soon, further west, so I can go. Hope you are all well, and having tons of fun!

19th August 2011 at 2:10 am

Who actually writes this blog? It says the Libera boys, but which one? Just curious…sounds like a long journey 😀
In a previous blog you were wondering what we call a “coach”, well in America they can be called a bus or tour bus depending on the type.

19th August 2011 at 2:16 am

I hope you guys had a nice and restful sleep. :’)

19th August 2011 at 2:49 am

lol i really like this! thank u soo much for posting and i hate it when peopl uses the toilet during the trip…it usually doesnt give off pleasant odors…:(
and is there more blogs to come???

Yuni Maria Luisiana
19th August 2011 at 3:28 am

Quite funny and entertaining 🙂

Luke Ray
19th August 2011 at 4:23 am

Fun little insight! Thanks for sharing!!! Hope you all enjoyed your USA Summer Tour, we sure enjoyed having you! St Paul was fantastic…if not HOT!!! Those of us in the front were appreciative of the fans purchased, too, as we occasionally caught a whiff of the breeze when you boys would move around the stage 🙂
BTW, we have Cracker Barrels in Utah, too, so come out here next time!

19th August 2011 at 4:44 am

Thanks for the blog, Looks like a few boys did some homework.

19th August 2011 at 5:14 am

Oh, and what about the moose? 🙂

19th August 2011 at 6:04 am

Your tour looks like a lot of fun! Have a safe trip always!

Choi Wing
19th August 2011 at 2:46 pm

Sooooooo excited to read the newly updated blog!!
Glad to see that everyone enjoyed the tour~

thelma l. guzman
19th August 2011 at 3:19 pm

funny how i love reading about those “emergencies”, the unpleasant odors, the games, the ipods/mp3’s – but all of you are humans – and i always thought you were all angels! hah hah glad you enjoyed your US concerts. looking forward to seeing all of you again in october!

19th August 2011 at 10:23 pm

Hilarioous…. as usual. 🙂

Rex B.
20th August 2011 at 8:42 am

You boys were just amazing at the St. Louis show and I hope you made it home safe and sound and enjoy what’s left of summer before school starts. And good luck with the shows in the PI, break a leg!

20th August 2011 at 1:40 pm

LOL. I’m sure the bus drivers favorite time was during “screens off”!

20th August 2011 at 2:23 pm

I was just thinking how nice a version of ‘The Wheels of the Bus go round and round’ with libera’s trademark multi layered harmonies and a few descants thrown in would sound 😉 Thanks for the blogs boys, really entertaining 😉

Michael Cox
20th August 2011 at 7:18 pm

Great Blog again. One thing that is striking about the pictures that we get with the Blog is that you can see how fast some of you are growing. Just reminds me of the sad fact that just as those voices reach their best they change and boys we have grown to really appreciate leave Libera. However they leave behind them much joy for which we should be very grateful. Best wishes always.

21st August 2011 at 7:37 am

Hey Guys; Seriously & Really look forward to receiving and reading, your blogs! Its a delightful way of sharing w/You your experiences apart and aside from your Great Work Efforts and Achievements while on “Stage”.
Bless You All And Please Carry & Rave On!
Peace, Gerald

21st August 2011 at 7:37 pm

“Eight wheels. A ton of metal. 28 choirboys.
And one moose.” I literally laughed out loud (does anyone actually do that when they type “lol”?). Great stuff; thanks for sharing. Its nice to feel connected, like we can enjoy being in Libera without, you know, having to work hard, practice, and sing in front of hundreds of people at one time. Thanks so much for ALL you do. Life is better with Libera in it.

Lawrence Burtelow
22nd August 2011 at 2:29 am

Absolutely hilarious! Divine Particularities? Staggeringly stagnant stench? Loved it! As much as you guys rave about Cracker Barrel you should consider making a commercial for them. Thanks again for visiting the US this year and please come back soon. Good luck on your trip to the Philippines.

22nd August 2011 at 9:09 pm

Lulz! Whoever of you are The Authors you write incredibly well! Even the Moose would be speechless after reading all parts 😀

Rebekah Apelt
23rd August 2011 at 4:48 am

Come to Australia.

Leslie Sundborg
24th August 2011 at 6:30 pm

Great writing as usual! Very witty! Perhaps, in a few years from now, some of you older boys might consider getting together as adults and investigating the possibility of starting a Cracker Barrel franchise in southeast London (not too far from your rehearsal venue!) Wouldn’t that be handy considering how much all of you love this restaurant! It really is apparent that all of you have a wonderful time on your tours. You are very much appreciated. Because you bring joy to so many people through your music, your supporters in turn are so happy to see all of you enjoying yourselves on your tours. Blessings to all of you!

26th August 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thanks( to whoever you are!) for another outstanding and entertaining blog! You write incredibly well!! I know that it is a tradition to keep secret who writes the blog but, well, lets just say I have my guesses! I am glad that you guys enjoyed the USA. And now, you are going to the Phillipines? Really? Wow. Busy scheduale. I pray that you all have the strenghth you need for your many trips, and that when you are put in stressful situations, you will have the peace of mind to come thrue them. ( yep, we teens have it tough don’t we:)!) May you recieve the support that you need, and the thanks you deserve. Great job, guys! I will be thinking of you as you embark on your next journey!

DeProfundis130/Gerald Catillaz
29th August 2011 at 9:06 am

If We Build a Cracker Barrel in Central NY will that get y’all here?
If not keep up the truly great work anyway.
Peace, Gerald

tours of england from london
1st September 2011 at 7:16 am

Those of us in the front were appreciative of the fans purchased, too, as we occasionally caught a whiff of the breeze when you boys would move around the stage 🙂

Ian Wotherspoon
28th September 2011 at 5:01 pm

I just read this blog today but it was still a treat to read. I love the writers words and his way of telling us about “life on the bus” which actually sounds similar to the trips I’ve taken teams on during my many years of coaching hockey and football (soccer). Keep up the great work and never stop writing as each episode is an awesome read. Well done sir scribe of Libera.

23rd October 2011 at 6:29 pm

i really love LIBERA! i felt so relaxed when i hear their amazing voices. hope to see them..

Brenna Rodriguez
27th November 2011 at 3:58 pm

Seems like fun to go on a tour! 😀


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