Back at the end of July, Robbie and I made plans for a special trip to Sydney to visit the infamous Sydney Opera House. We’ve talked about going to the Opera House many times since we started dating and all the way up until now, but it’s never seemed to be the right time or we didn’t have the money for it or whatever the circumstance was. Going to the Opera House is no small thing!
At the end of July, through some different circumstances and opportunities, we were finally able to make it happen, and we decided it could be a bit of a celebratory birthday trip for me since my birthday was coming up. We looked into our options and found that The King and I was coming to Sydney at the beginning of September…and to top it off, it was coming to the Opera House! We were so excited, and we booked the tickets for the first available night.
We were also blessed to be able to stay overnight in Sydney through another incredible provision, and for about 6 weeks, I was anticipating this trip. Last weekend was the trip, and we had such an incredible time.
We drove to Sydney on Sunday mid-morning and arrived at our hotel in the early afternoon. We were in the Rocks District, which is right near the Sydney Habour Bridge. The Rocks District is beautiful and full of old buildings and charm. We walked around for some good coffee before heading back to get ready for the show. We got all dazzled up (Hello suit! Hello heals!), and we went to dinner at Pancakes on the Rocks. Pancakes on the Rocks is NOT fancy haha, but it is iconic in that area and Robbie had never been. I was so impressed with the speed of getting in and out given how crowded the place was.
We walked around the Rocks District through Circular Quay and over to the Opera House, and even though the forecast was calling for rain, the sky was good to us and we made it without getting wet! We arrived, and it was so surreal. I have lived in Australia for 5 years, and I’ve only stepped foot on the steps of the Opera House. I knew it was on my list to one day go, and I am so thrilled that I was finally getting the opportunity.
Our tickets were pretty far back (second to last row), but they were in the middle. I didn’t feel like we missed out at all – great visibility of the stage and incredible sound made for a wonderful show. I loved the singing, the acting, the colour, the design and the dancing. Robbie and I both agreed that the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” featurette in the second act was particularly enjoyable.
The walk home was another highlight for me, recapping the night and the opportunity to go to the Opera House (and again, it didn’t rain!). On Monday, we woke up and went to Starbucks, as you do. Starbucks isn’t generally my favourite, but it was near the train station and an easy, quick breakfast.
Then we headed back to the suburbs to get our car and head to IKEA. Can I just say, I LOVE IKEA! I love how everything is laid out and the whole experience of following the little areas through examples and ideas and colour and design. It’s so fun. Robbie may not love it quite as much as I do, but we did make impressive time – getting in and out in an hour and a half!
Overall, it was such an enjoyable weekend. I feel so blessed that Robbie and I enjoy a lot of the same activities, like seeing musicals :) It was also nice to have a bit of a break in the midst of this very busy season.