There are very few places in the world that can actually move someone, emotionally. Somewhere that a person can sit for hours without thinking too much. Just being. For me, one of those places is Sydney Harbour. Seeing the Opera House and Bridge for the first time made me feel special and small at the same time. The combination of elegance and the everyday make it unique and inspiring. So as soon as I found out that one could climb Harbour Bridge, I made it my mission.
The first part is a little unnerving, as you ascend narrow ladders, to what seems like your death, while cars whizz by. But once you're above the road, fear vanishes to make way for humility. As the city expands before your eyes, your breathing slows and your mind clears. It's amazing how such a simple feat has such a powerful effect.
I climbed at night, which allowed for the city lights to sparkle before me. The Opera House never looked more fantastic. This was an experience of a lifetime, and something that everyone should do when they're in Sydney.