Rachel Down Under!

Love a rainy night…

Posted in Australia, Sydney by rssmith218 on October 28, 2010

Another rainy, rainy weekend has come and gone. An early (and may I say finally WARM, 30°C!)  morning at the beach was quickly ruined by the downpour of a giant storm. The rain also managed to cancel my plans to attend an ex-pat picnic, a pick-up ultimate game, and another Crave Sydney festival event. May I say that I am looking forward to the sunny days of summer?

Despite the weather, Aisha and I braved the rain for Sydney Opera House’s Open Day. According to Time Out Sydney, Sydney’s hippest entertainment guide, Open Day is the one day of the year where “the grand old dame takes off her make-up and shucks off her elaborate costuming to allow the public full access to all her abundant charms,” which is a ridiculous way to say that Open Day is the one day where the the public is invited to enjoy the inside of the Opera House for free!

After waiting in the rain for over an hour, we finally made our way into the inner sanctum, where we went on an extremely crowded tour of the opera theatre, concert hall, and the associated “behind the scenes” rooms, including the orchestra assembly room, the green room, dressing rooms, and rehearsal rooms.

The concert hall is by far the most interesting aspect of the Opera House’s interior. My camera struggled to take photos in the lighting, but here is a photo stolen from Aisha…

…. and from an Australian tourist website….

Pretty nice. Otherwise, I also enjoyed the foyers surrounding the concert hall and opera theatre. The harbour views from the foyer windows show off both the beauty of Sydney and the architectural genius of the building.

If, that is, you can take it in through these enormous crowds…..

Pretty overwhelming. But who can turn down a free tour of the Opera House?

On a happier (and less crowded) note, my first batch of plates came in from the UNSW workshop, and I have spent the past two days furiously attaching plates to panels in preparation for our first day in the field this coming Monday. They may not be much to look at, but check out my plates.

Who’s ready to manipulate heterogeneity now? Look at those GROOVES.

Did I mention that there are hundreds of plates? 560 to be exact? And that they all have to be engraved and then attached to double-sided panels like these?

I can’t wait to get out of the office and onto the boat….20 panels down, only 70 more to go! I can do it!

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  1. Lenore said, on October 29, 2010 at 3:11 am

    And what do you expect to grow on those plates? I can’t wait to see!

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