Well, I haven’t posted anything for a while. But, that’s because I’ve been in Sydney, Australia! As opposed to Melbourne, Australia, where I usually spend my time. Anyway, now I am back, and enjoying (or not) the heat of Melbourne. Several things, however, interested me about Sydney, and of course I am going to write about them here.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the weather. Although I was only there for a week or so, the difference between the climates of the two cities struck me. Sydney was much more humid than Melbourne, somewhat tropical, and was also much cooler (though not, apparently, in general). As a result, it was much easier to move around outside, and there was none of the dry, dehydrating wind I find common in Melbourne.
Anyway, enough of the weather — I’m back in Melbourne now and will have to deal with the 37-degree heat in other ways. So what is Sydney itself like?
Compared to Melbourne, Sydney is (or at least seems) big. The CBD itself seems to stretch on forever, and a quick stroll between Darling Harbour, on the West side, and Circular Quay to the North became an hour-long slog (we never made it). The sense of size is further compounded by the high density of the apparently never-ending suburbs. Indeed, some of the population centers, even those close to the CBD like North Sydney and St Leonards have skylines that seemingly would rival those…