There was a moment the other night, Good Friday night, at around 11.00pm, when I stopped for a moment and marvelled at how quiet it was. Though there’s normally a low level traffic rumble where I live, it was almost eerily quiet. Though other people like to leave Sydney for the Easter Weekend, the peace and quiet is one of the reasons why I like to stay around.
With four days off, I’ve enjoyed catching up with mates for beers, going out for meals, and having afternoon naps. Today, I even had a late morning nap.
And this afternoon, I paid a visit to the White Rabbit Gallery, where there’s a few “mega works” this time, including a video work featuring two large screens, projecting a piece called “The Long March – Restart” which I liked very much. I love how even the people viewing the work have taken on a “video game glow” in the photograph I took on my phone.
Heading over there, I was also a little overwhelmed at the amount of construction activity underway in Chippendale. Though I work closeby, and am therefore in the area at least five days a week, I hadn’t really noticed it. Everywhere, it seems there’s an apartment block springing up.
On world-scales, Sydney is both a small and large city. Much larger than many European capital cities, but much smaller than some of the mega-cities of Asia, such as Shanghai, Tokyo and Beijing. Within my lifetime, Sydney is likely to become as big as Tokyo is right now, but by that time I’ll more than likely be living back in the country-side.
This is in no way some kind of anti-immigration post, and I’ll delete any comments here that proffer any kind of racist rant, but I quite like Sydney at around the current population, and especially around Easter when it’s nice and quiet.