I’ve been in Sydney, Australia, for a week now and I’m simply knocked out by how wonderful this place is! Unless you have been here, you can’t imagine that such a city even exists…..and I have seen my share of the world’s large cities. This one is what all cities should look like! And when I get around to exploring this whole Australian continent, I wouldn’t be surprised if I have similar nice things to say about all of the States, places, deserts, towns and cities of this vast land.
That’s the way it often works with me on my many round-the-world junkets. My first impression usually holds up for the whole country and its people.
Okay, such generalities haven’t given you much to visualize. Sydney is so clean, it squeaks. The City Center has lots of skyscrapers and each one could win a prize for beauty and originality, plus there are green spaces and parks woven all through them, even smack downtown. It feels to me like The World of The Future, though it has been on this planet for a good many years, just quietly excelling at being excellent; and not blowing its own horn in the least.
The people are happy and their eyes kindle with smiles. I made a sport of looking at the business men having a coffee break in a cafe, talking to each other. Whereas, most the world over, look burdened with heavy responsibility, these were laughingly conversing and kidding with their companions. “Good on ‘ya, Mate!” makes more sense now that I have met the originators of that phrase.
Next week, I shall begin to post photos on this blog to describe such claims as this. I have ordered a new and wonderous camera as my old one died of age-related causes. For the moment, my postings here shall be brief, but when my time becomes lazier and the weather warmer….I shall wax more and more eloquent. Just now, I’m extremely busy trying to define my September schedule in Fiji. Which islands shall I visit and in which order? And then, I shall need to do the same decision-making for my Samoan visit the following month.
But for now, I’m enjoying winter in Sydney, brrrrrrr!, in the most beautiful city in all the world! That’s a compensation….and it does warm up mid-day.