Our first road rule is never plan any activity for the evening on a day of travel. Due to flight delays and cancellations, train problems, rental car issues, traffic, etc. we have missed performances, been late for parties, etc. We broke this rule on our recent trip to Australia.
Months before travel, I visited Sydney Theatre Company’s website and learned that Hugo Weaving, the world’s most successful, least known actor (read his filmography!), would be appearing in Les Liaisons Dangereuses while we were there. Expecting disappointment, I checked ticket availability and found 2 unsold, not-together seats for the night we arrived in Sydney. Knowing it was a mistake, I bought them.
After an early morning flight to Los Angeles, Ruth & I spent the day at The Getty Museum. We returned to LAX by evening for the 14+ hour flight to Sydney with JETZONE. When covering great distances east and west, we rely on these little white jet lag tablets available at Whole Foods. Taken every 2 hours during flight, they always keep us alert enough that we can stay on schedule and mostly avoid zombie time. Oh, we’re still tired but can keep going. I highly recommend JETZONE for travel across many time zones.
Our 2nd rule of travel is no matter how tired you are at your destination, always stay awake until your usual bedtime. We broke this rule too.
We got to Sydney around 6 am and took Airport Link to our hotel next to Sydney’s huge, Victorian train station. Far too early to check in, we put our bags in storage and headed up George Street. It was a long walk to Circular Quay but great fun revisiting Dymocks, Haights, Gloria Jean, Coles, Town Hall, the outstanding visitors’ centre in The Rocks, etc.
The hotel staff took pity on us and let us check in at 2. If you add crossing the International Date Line to a day in LA, a long flight, and a 6 hour walk, we had been actively awake for 3 days. With some time to rest before dinner and the play, I recommended that glassy-eyed Ruth nap.
Ruth’s first row seat for the performance was so close to the performers that they would trip over her legs if she extended them. I was in the second row with a fine view of both her and the actors.
About fifteen minutes into the first act, Hugo Weaving appeared and gave a fine performance, as did the rest of the cast. However, Ruth slept off and on throughout. More off than on. Although aware that the actors were often staring at her with alarm and confusion, there was nothing I could do. Alarm became bewilderment when, at the end, Ruth rose to applaud them.
It reminded me of rule 3, turn off the cell phone. During a Cate Blanchett performance in the same theater, a man’s bleeping phone actually ended up on the stage. Class-act Cate picked it up and handed it to the embarrassed guy. Ruth now knows exactly how he felt.