Verdict: Sydney

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It was one of those times. I'd checked out of my accommodation (at 10am), but I wouldn't be leaving the city until 8pm (I was due to go to Canberra, but a change of plans meant that I would, instead, be going direct to Melbourne). It was a good time to reflect on my impressions of Sydney.
Well, I suppose this should be qualified by saying that I am a city boy. However, there's something about the city of Sydney that I’m not sure how I feel about it. Its skyline. There is no doubt that it is impressive; when seen from afar, it fills me with wonder, but once I enter the CBD, the buildings become oppressive. They dominate the skyline like nothing I’ve seen before; if you look up, no matter the direction, all you see are skyscrapers. If you try to look beyond the top (this could explain the stiff neck of late) you might catch a glimpse of the sky.The weather has been changeable over the last week (not unlike Melbourne), which hasn’t helped my impression of Sydney. On a glorious day, one of the places to go to is Darling Harbour. There’s nothing quite like looking over a harbour (with inflatable Santa Clauses everywhere) to make you appreciate Sydney. However, on a grey overcast day, Sydney loses all of its charm, much like London I suppose.

There are other parts that are very good, I love the view of Circular Quay, both of the quay itself and from the quay out into the harbour. The harbour is fantastic, but, in the end, the city is just too high. Like a concrete rainforest, if you will. The reason why I liken it to a rainforest rather than a jungle, is that the floor of a rainforest is usually quite cool as the treetops prevent the sun from reaching the ground. The skyscrapers do exactly the same thing in Sydney.

Given the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, I have to say that Melbourne is a better city. After all my travels around Oz, Sydney doesn’t really stick out as being the place to be. Maybe it is because I’m a city boy and, when all is said and done, unless they are wildly different in some way, eg Bangkok, all cities are pretty much the same. Or possibly, two weeks is a week too long in Sydney.
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