I’m back from my long weekend away in Sydney, and I’m still trying to adjust to the fact that regular life and work must go on. It was a truly wonderful weekend away: I got to spend time with one of my dearest friends, eating and walking everywhere and getting our hair done together, and of course seeing the beautiful Taylor Swift in concert at Sydney Olympic Park!
Everyone in Adelaide mocks me mercilessly for my love of Taylor and country music in general, but I don’t care. I think she is so talented and one of the few good role musical models that young girls can look up to these days. Most of the people at the concert were between 6 and 18 years old, and looking around, I felt pleased that none of these young girls and women would spend two and a half hours staring at their musical idol prancing around the stage in an outfit better suited to a streetwalker than a performer. I also appreciate how, for the most part, Taylor’s music promotes love, friendship, and making the most of what you’ve got in life before it’s all gone.
So aside from my obvious respect for the girl herself, the concert was ah-mazing. So theatrical and dramatic, with fantastic sets, talented dancers and band, and special surprises like aerial artists and fireworks thrown in. This was the stage before the show started.
And once it had, the whole place transformed!
The band members played everything from the harp to piano, violin, banjo and ukulele, and each song told its own little story. Highlights for me included the ‘Our Song’, done super-country style with farmhands and tap dancers galore, plus the song ‘Fifteen’, where Taylor and her band all sat on one large couch together, and behind them on the screen Polaroid photos of each band member at age 15 popped up, followed by a close up focus of the band member now. It was a really sweet and cute idea, and I thought it was great that Taylor willingly profiled her band and their talents throughout the show. The ultimate moment, however, was the final song. It was ‘Love Story’, of course, and Taylor got on a tiny balcony, a la Shakespeare, and was transported around the stadium on the wires. It was beautiful and amazing and really just an exciting way to finish the show. I couldn’t stop singing and cheering; I felt like a kid again!
Anyway, enough about the concert. The weekend also involved a bit of op shopping (second hand store shopping for North Americans) and lots of relaxing with Bonnie. Sadly, I mostly only photographed the concert so I don’t have many great food pics to share, but we ate out all weekend. Typical meals included wine and nuts on the plane ride
a bagel and fruit salad for breakfast, a beer while waiting in the airport and working on my Masters,
cheeseless pizza for dinner, and late night post-concert falafel wraps with veggies and hummus. Bonnie and I also hit up the Portuguese food festival on Sunday and enjoyed a brunch of churros and sangria.
This was probably my least healthy day of the weekend, but it was worth it!
I was back in Adelaide on Monday, just in time to enjoy a day off in honor of the Adelaide Cup horse race. Andrew and I took advantage of it by going into town for foot massages and lunch from Sumo Salad.
I had the Moroccan Roast Veggies, Pesto Pasta, and Quinoa, Barley and Falafel salads in a medium tub. They were good but something in there was really acidic and hurt my mouth a bit.
After lunch we headed to Target so I could pick up some work clothes and then we went home for a day relaxing on the couch. We watched a ton of The Office and just chatted and chilled. It was great!
I’ll wrap up this super long post with today’s quick update! Breakfast this morning was a smoothie
(spinach, banana, raspberries, blueberries, flax seed, almond milk topped with Be Natural cereal)
And lunch is leftover Thai green curry with veggies and tofu. We got takeout last night and leftovers are the best part of takeout, no?
We have a work event with Andrew’s company tonight, so I’ll probably have an extra snack after lunch to keep my energy up for that!
I hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend too!
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?