I hope you read that title in a Spongebob voice. Lie to me if you didn’t, because otherwise I’ll be really disappointed. Anyway, today was the day we got to see the Sydney Opera House! This was one of the weekend excursions I was most excited about, and it absolutely lived up to, or maybe even exceeded my expectations.
To start out, our phenomenal tour guide Bella let us know that because she had extra time and we were a “uni” (university) group, we were going to get to see all six performance spaces, which we were told almost never happens. Good start, Bella! We took time to sit in each room and take it all in (we couldn’t take pictures in most rooms because there were sets on stage or performers practicing), saw ballerinas practicing, got a panoramic view of the harbour, touched the tiles on the sails, and admired the architecture throughout the building.
Most people don’t know that I almost switched to the architecture school after my freshman year because architecture is one of the coolest things to me, and I love making design plans and building things. Unfortunately, I’m about a 2/10 drawer, so I switched from Movement Science to Health and Fitness instead. I’m super happy about my decision (so much love for kines), but when you see a building like the Sydney Opera House and learn about all of the history in its design and construction, it’s hard not wish you could create something like that. I honestly could’ve stayed there for hours longer admiring it all.
After this tour, we had a bit of downtime before we set sail for a harbour tour. Most normal people went out to get real lunch, but if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am anything but normal. I instead went to the other side of Circular Quay to visit “The Rocks,” which is basically a couple art museums and a bunch of cute little shops. Today, there was an arts and crafts market, which is another one of my most favorite things ever. I stopped to grab an ultra nutritious lunch, a mini cupcake, and then proceeded through the tents filled with handmade jewelry, wooden toys with aboriginal art painted on them, clothes, fudge, soaps, and pretty much any other type of craft you can think of. Honestly, it was like a little slice of heaven on earth. Here I bought a lot of souvenirs for my family and friends. I probably paid a little more than I would have in a normal shop, but I’m super into supporting local artists and culture, so I didn’t mind. On my way out, I stopped to get lemon sorbet to round out my healthy lunch (I swear I’m a health and fitness major y’all) from the cutest little family before heading back to the jetty our harbour tour was departing from. As I made my way back around the circle, I passed a parade of children dressed in outfits that represented cultures all over the globe, which was obviously super adorable, and then I passed a group of aboriginal artists that were playing music and selling hand-painted boomerangs, so you know I had to snag one of those too.
We then took off on our harbour tour, and honestly I paid way more attention to the view than to the words the captain was saying about the history of the area and the multibillion dollar homes we were supposed to be paying attention to, so I don’t have a ton to talk about here. What can I say, I’m a sucker for boat rides and good photo opps.
After the harbour tour ended, we were free to explore the city for the rest of the night as long as we made it home in time for our excursion the next day. Some people do really well with a lot of options and freedom, but I, on the other hand, am awful at making decisions, so I just tagged along with a few of the people in my group. We ended up heading to Chinatown for dinner at a Thai restaurant. This still doesn’t make heaps of sense to me, but I’m not complaining because holy moly was that food good. I can’t tell you how to pronounce what I ate, but I do know that I could’ve eaten like 3 more servings of it.
All in all, today has definitely been my favorite day down under! Any more perfect days like this and I just might cancel my flight home…