I’m been neglecting you all for a while and I do apologize. I’ve been in Sydney since Tuesday and for nearly two weeks before that was occupied with preparing to leave home and go away for about 3 weeks. There were multiple health-related appointments to get myself as “ship-shape” as possible, washing and packing to be done including a good 3 weeks supply of medications, plus preparing the house for some friends to move in while we are away.
At times I genuinely wondered whether the holiday would be worth all the effort. I wasn’t really all that keen. Preparing for something with a definite deadline (like taking a flight) is actually one of the most stressful things I can do these days. I was also concerned about having a holiday in a big city. It’s easy to overdo it when there’s so much of interest to see in a short space of time.
But I have to say that so far it’s been terrific and I am slowly being wooed by this amazing city. In my late teens and early twenties, I really loved Sydney, and my best girlfriend and I dreamed of moving here together after we finished studying.
CFS, I thought, had changed all that. A big, fast, brash city was no place for the sick and tired, or so I thought. However, I’m finding that it’s stimulating and inspiring to be surrounded by this mix of geographical beauty (we’re staying at Bondi Beach), history and such a cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants. And I do feel better for it. It’s something I’ve been aware of for a while – I really am under-stimulated mentally at the moment. But how to set things up at home so there’s enough without there being too much? And at home of course, there is just more stress by nature of the various obligations you have, so my capacity to tolerate stimulation there is less. It’s a bit of a tricky balancing act.
And all this is without the expected benefits – the art and the shops! So far, I’ve been to Oxford Street, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Amazing Paper, Shop Kraft and to check out the upcoming art auction at Shapiro’s. My dh had his heart set on a design classic, an original Arco lamp, until we saw its impressive size – too large for our low ceilinged-unit, alas! Still, we have set our sights on another rather lovely item and plan to head to the auction tonight, credit card in-hand. Just for luck, for now I’ll only reveal that it is a print, but you can be sure that I’ll share all if we win.
I’ve realized how truly isolating and mind-numbing it is to sit at home, conserving your energy for the necessities of life! Even sick people need holidays!
When I get home I’ll write some posts about some of the art of seen, but to finish off today I’ve got a few of my Sydney photos to show you.
Saw this near the MCA –a lot of lonely people in this city!
Took these with the “toy camera” setting on dh’s Sony PSP. I like the effect!