Whenever I have people visiting from interstate or overseas, I find myself saying. “I’ll never Ever take them to such cliche touristy places!”
And always, without fail, I eat my own words by taking them to the Sydney Opera House.
I’m not normally a fan of modern architecture and prefer nature to buildings. But I find the Sydney Opera House really fascinating.
I never tire of seeing it from any angle. I’ve done the tours 3 times now , taking different people, yet I always listen in awe like it’s the first time.
So you see, I tend to visit the Opera House more for myself than the people I’m taking.
“But I’d been there before!”, some would protest.
To which I would reply, “Sure, but you haven’t really sat for this performance have you?”
And we would soon be at the opera house, with my visitor
sitting hostage enjoying the music.
Even without people visiting, I find myself still heading to the opera house from time to time. My sister (with me above) gladly joins me on such occasions.
I’m aware it’s a tad selfish when I take visiting people to the Opera House because I do it mostly for myself.
The honest truth – I find the Sydney Opera House quite comforting. When I’m at home and not travelling, my normal days in Sydney are always frenzied and rushed. Being inside the Opera House gives me a feeling of temporary respite and calm from the madness of the city outside. I emerge feeling refreshed. Like I just had a spa for my sanity.
The Opera House is also one of the last places that my father and I visited together, back in 2003. And that makes The Opera House extra warm and fuzzy for me.
Coming back from travels/ holidays is also not as harsh whenever I see this sight from the plane:
So if you happen to see me at the Opera House, it can only be one of these things: I’m with a visitor/s (who may not necessarily be as excited as I am) , or I’m getting a break from the busyness of life.
Or it could be both. Because depending on who it is, visitors and stress also go hand in hand 🙂
But I’m so very curious: