A few nights ago Arabella and I went to the ballet together. This is not something we normally do, it’s just my parents subscribe and when they’re unable to attend a performance they offer the tickets to me.
The Australian Ballet performs at the Sydney Opera House. We could have easily driven to the venue but the only available parking is in the Opera House Car Park and after being trapped in there a year ago there was no way I was driving in there again. Not only would this have to be one of Sydney’s most expensive car parks, it is also the most badly designed. It’s in a circle that spirals down to the bowels of the earth with all cars having to spiral back up on the way out. If everyone is leaving at once (which is normally the case after the ballet or a concert) and you happen to be down in the bowels of the earth, you are trapped. You can’t move. You have to wait for all those cars above you to exit before you can. That takes almost an hour. And to be trapped in there unable to leave you will pay $35.00.
Arabella and I purchased return tickets on Sydney Ferries for $16.50. We had a lovely crossing and took in all the sites and saw one of the biggest cruise ships ever with passengers leaning over their balcony railings and waving to us as we passed by.
We had dinner at Searock Bar at Circular Quay. They have a happy hour from 5pm – 7pm every night with wine and beer available for $5.00/glass but Arabella didn’t want a wine, she wanted a blue cocktail!
They have a lot of ‘shared plates’ on the menu so we ordered a nachos and that was very good with a great spicy kick to it. Arabella ordered a pizza that she really enjoyed and I had a stir-fry chicken with lemongrass. It was disappointing. Alarm bells went off when I saw it was served with chopsticks because the Thais don’t use chopsticks, they use a spoon and fork. Then the rice was on the bottom of the bowl with the stir-fry on top causing all the sauce to seep into the rice leaving the stir-fry dry. And the rice was hard like it had been sitting in the rice cooker for a bit too long. But, we sat in a lovely corner of the restaurant watching the world go by and we had very attentive and friendly service.
After the dinner we walked to the Opera House and bought chocolate bars to help wash down the lemongrass chicken. We took our seats at the Ballet and watched Icons, three modern ballets. The first was about a lyrebird doing a mating dance, the second was four dancers creating ‘illusions of breathless fluidity’ and the third was quite funny and was about the journey of a male dancer at 12 when embarking on a career in dance, at 18 when dancing as a career and falling in love, and at 30, reflecting on his future beyond dance.
At the final curtain we rushed to Circular Quay wharf for the ferry ride home. The big cruise ship had left but another had arrived to take its place.
As we disembarked we crossed paths with some of Arabella’s friends who were heading into the city for a big night out. At 11pm.
Good luck to them.