After today’s swimming class I joined Astra in the pool and we swam together for about an hour. She showed me how to do the front crawl, as I had never really got the hang of this. And I spun her around and played tag with her and we did a lot of giggling.
Then we walked to the Sydney Opera House, where we were meeting friends. It was a long walk but we had bags of time. So we took a meandering walk through the city and took the time to look at and talk about the buildings around us. Concrete, brick, steel, glass, modern, old, vertical gardens, a building that looked like a castle….so much to take in. Sydney is truly a feast for the eyes.
We watched a performance artist and stopped to listen to a couple of buskers, guitarists.
On the way we talked about burial traditions, and wills (Astra doesn’t want to be buried because she thinks it is a waste of the earth, so she’d rather be cremated), religions (how do Muslim women go swimming?), cities vs countryside, the difference between cities, towns, villages, high heeled shoes, why the monorail was decommisioned…it was a lovely long walk!
Astra spontaneously read 4 words en route, words she has never read before – New, Hot, If, Exit. It’s great, the way she is learning, the way the pieces are now clicking into place.
We met our friends at the Opera House, and queued up to go into Exxopolis, a Luminarium. This is an inflatable piece of art that you walk through, and the light shines through semi-transparent coloured panels.