January 18, 1997 - Ingrid
Wellington reminds me of Sydney, San Francisco and Positano, all cities
built on steep hillsides above the sea. The tall city buildings are
squeezed onto a narrow piece of fan-shaped valley, but from there and
the water's edge of the bay, everything is up.
On our walk toward the
city, we marveled at the construction of homes, hotels, car parks, all
clinging to the hillside. We observed one old woman load her groceries
and herself into an electric one-person funicular which climbed the
hundred feet to her home. Looking carefully through the trees at other
homes hovering over our heads we saw several more permutations of the
same idea. To me it's fascinating to think of how living on a
precipice would alter my lifestyle.
Driving on the left is something I'm going to have to get used to all over again. Not that I'm doing any driving. Walking is dangerous enough!! In crossing the street, I've already stepped out in front of an oncoming car by forgetting to look right first instead of left. I've got to keep reminding myself and not walk in a daze. The same rules apply to pedestrians on the sidewalk and I find myself constantly walking upstream into a flow of pedestrians walking toward me. Same with staircases - left not right. I'm always wrong on the right!.
Toilets have two buttons for flushing - a half-flush and a full-flush. You can imagine why. For water conservation, I find this a wonderful idea. We should incorporate this environmentally correct concept in the U.S.
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