It's funny how many people don't visit the sights and cultural experiences of the place they live. I'm both innocent and guilty of this behaviour. I visited the Louvre and went up the Eiffel Tower in 2003 when I visited Paris. When I moved there in 2011 I made zero visits to the Louvre and although I went to the Tower about 30 times I never jumped in the cue to ride the yellow elevator up one of the pilliars. I figured I'd done it once so spent my time exploring the lesser known parts of the city during my stay.
I lived in Canberra for 4 years. Canberra is a planned city that around a century ago became Australia's capital city. The population is around 300000 and it's huge. The city sits between several mountains and mountain ranges and wraps around the lower country between. There are still huge tracks of land technically in the city that feel like typical rural country as the mountains and valleys hide the rest of the city from view. So the city is more spread out than a typical capital. It's also the coldest major city in the country. Except in summer when it's probably the hottest. -10deg overnight in winter, 42 at 3pm in summer.
In the 4 years I lived there I never ventured up one of those mountains to check out the expanse of land and city at night. It never crossed my mind. So on a very cold night on a recent visit (remember, I live on a Pacific island, so the cold was a shock), an underdressed Tim drove up Mount Ainslie and took in the view of Canberra. The classic view is straight down the mountain, over the War Memorial and across the Lake to the capital building. But the broad expanse of an ever growing city at night was pretty spectacular. The lights of the downtown, Parliament House, the water on the lake and the Brindabella mountains behind were all on point that night. They were probably on point the 4 years I lived there as well.
Two thoughts crossed my mind as I waited for the light and took my shots
- why didn't I come up here when I lived here
- Bloody hell I'm cold