Where have all the people gone?

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

There is something special about the city of Hobart, capital of Tasmania. Maybe its the sea air, the activity of this town centred around a port, or the variability in weather which strongs affects this place.
On a recent visit, I went downtown in search of 'local character' and all I could find was two drunks outside a bar asking for money, and another street person pestering tourists.
After wandering around in the CBD and down to the restaurant strip, I don't think I saw any other locals braving the brisk cool wind. What I noticed was other visitors, most of them clad in jackets and wearing hats, also on the lookout for local character on those windswept streets. This was the middle of summer, and I expected it to be busier. And I didn't expect the only words I'd hear would be 'you got a dollar?'.
The only other action seemed to be the flow of traffic down one-way streets, as successive waves of cars roared along the straights and sped around corners. The other tourists I encountered looked equally mystified, why a state capital during the busy holiday season on a Sunday evening could be so dead by 6pm, even on a summer evening when i wasn't getting dark til after 9.30pm.

Conspiracy theory #458 - Aliens overtook Hobart during my visit and imposed a curfew that only a few brave souls dared to break.
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