So as some of you know, and many of you may have guessed, I am back in the big smoke. The big, busy, hectic city where people seem to spend their days walking fast and not smiling*.
I’ve been in the Sydney for 14 days now (I started work 12 days ago) so it has been hectic trying to stop things moving. This brings me to the most important aspect of Sydney though. Slow Places. Sydney and the surrounding sprawl is full of big places where you can escape to a more sensible pace even if it is only for an hour.
This morning a friend and I headed up to Mt Kuring-gai for a stroll and walked a small section of the Great North Walk. This area is my old stomping ground from school, but I had forgotten just how great it is down those steep valleys!
*I think it may be because navigating the city at peak hour takes phenomenal concentration. Add is a coffee, important text messages or emails and other aspects of inner city life and smiling is just one to many cognitive functions.