I arrived there early in the morning and my roomies weren't arriving until late afternoon so no excuses about having to wait for them. I had a whole day to do what I liked. So I caught the train downtown and fronted up at the office for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
No big deal, right? But I'm always a bit nervous about heights. I think I'm better than I used to be, but there's always that 'what if?' thing going on in my head when I get to the top of a ladder, and this bridge is a ton of ladders high.
So, is there a vacancy on one of the climbs? I asked after explaining I'd just flown in that morning and hadn't made a booking. I was told: 'The next one leaves in twenty five minutes. You can go on that as long as you didn't have a glass of wine with your airline breakfast and have eaten plenty.' Right. So no backing out. I paid quick fast and ate a muffin.
The whole outing took more than three hours. First we had an alcohol breath test and then our group was kitted out in overalls and everything from hat to hankie was hooked onto us. Nothing would be falling off to crash into a vehicle way below. Shudder. Way below. Now there's a thought. Then we had to practise climbing while attached to the railing.
At last we were off. It was a long haul to the top and worth every muscle shaking step. The view was to die for - okay, maybe not quite - and we stopped often to feast our eyes on one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yes, Aussies, it is. At the very top, when our legs were shaking like semi soft jelly, we had our photos taken. Unfortunately for safety reasons we weren't allowed to take our own cameras. But hey, I've got fabulous memories. The weather was perfect and I could see all the way to the Blue Mountains.
Did I worry about being so high up? No, it barely registered, I was enjoying the view so much.
I did take a deep breath a couple of times and look directly down at the traffic buzzing past way below, and strangely it didn't make me nervous. Must be getting over this foible now.
What about you? Do you have a fear that you might like to overcome so you can tick something off your list of things you'd like to do?