Ryan and I arrived in Sydney at 8am in the morning, feeling a little zombie-fied because we took the redeye flight from Singapore. It was made worse by the fact that Singapore is two hours behind so really, we were stumbling out of the plane at 5am.
Still, we were both excited to come here for Vivid and this time we are staying at the QT Sydney, a hip hotel at Market Street, courtesy of Destination NSW.
The rooms are nice and fancy, and we even went for a massage at spaQ, the five-star health spa in the hotel. I think I fell asleep a bit at the massage table. (That's my purple cabin bag at the corner, part of my experiment to start traveling with less stuff. I will share more about my One-bag travel goal another time.)
Our next activity was to take a My Sydney Detour, a private tour conducted by Richard Graham in his beautifully restored 1964 EH Holden Premier. There are only five of these iconic cars left in this condition in Australia, Richard proudly tells me.
We were driven to see the sights that a regular tourist doesn't see, and had lunch at Ella's, a lovely cafe in Redfern.
Redfern was home to many Aboriginals and it has since become increasingly gentrified. It is now a very diverse neighbourhood and is rich in culture and (sometimes troubled) history.
Our tour took us to Bronte Beach, Dover Heights (where the rich live) and Bondi too.
This is the most awesome view of Sydney, in my opinion. There is even a private beach in front of palatial homes in this spot.
Then night fell and we took a walk to see a preview of Vivid. As you can see, it is quite a sight. This is
The Customs House was transformed into a canvas of light that you can influence by dancing at the control stage. It was fun to see the young and old dance to make the building "move".
Intel bladers dressed like Tron bladed their way through the installations and drew quite a crowd of photographers.
Children also played at this installation, making the sticks move. I made sure I was standing far away so as not to hurt my tender bits when the light sticks swung back.
We ended our evening at this installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The music, together with the light show, was mesmerizing.
Then we had dinner at The Woods at the Four Seasons and crashed in our beds soon after. I think we are not young anymore.