Lots of things have been happening in my life lately. One big thing is that I'm moving to the Blue Mountains in 2 weeks.
I'm very excited and am looking forward to the move. There are many positives and only a few negatives.
- cheaper real estate prices means that I'll be able to live in a bigger place (house not apartment) without any flatmates
- I'm looking forward to living in a slightly cooler climate which has more autumn colours and more of a winter than Sydney
- it will be nice in an area of enormous World Heritage-listed natural beauty, surrounded - a place that seems like a bushwalker's / hiker's paradise
- to grossly generalize, people in the Blue Mountains seem friendlier and less in your face than people in Sydney. It seems like a more cohesive community which has a lot to offer artists and writers. [are bloggers writers? For me, it's a similar question as to whether photographers are artists. It depends on the intention. At any rate, I'm looking forward to meeting other Blue Mountains bloggers]
- being close enough to Sydney that I will be able to keep my job there and enjoy other things which the city has to offer
- the big big minus (other than the possibility of bushfires) is that I'm going to have a longer commute to work.
I'll need to allow for 2 hours travel time, including a 90 minute train ride between Central station and Faulconbridge. I'm hoping that this time can be used productively for things like reading, writing (blog entries among other things - this post was drafted on the train), unwinding and snoozing.
Once the hassles of moving are over, I'm hoping that the Blue Mountains will be the best of both worlds for me. Close enough for the good things of the city, while offering an escape to a friendlier quieter place on my weekends and evenings.