Three things I do now that I didn't do before ...
- Look both ways before crossing a one way street - I came pretty close to being hit by a cyclist going the wrong way one day.
- Keep an eye on the traffic, even when crossing the road with the lights - again with the nearly being hit! The worst time (yes, it's happened more than once) I was more than half way across, so the lights had been red for a long time, when a 4WD came flying through and had to swerve to miss me.
- Stand on the left side on an escalator, walk fast/run down the right side - this should be a thing everywhere.
Three things I won't miss ...
- All things relating to public transport - the feeling of being herded like cattle through gates when leaving a city station; slow and cancelled trains when it's too hot, too cold, too wet, bats fly into the wires, grass fires mess up the signals, thunder storms mess up the signals (etc etc etc); crowded trains whenever any of these events occur and a new ticket system that doesn't work properly, just to name a few.
- Getting through security at the various courts - I understand it's necessary but the guys at one of the courts in particular are just plain rude about it all. The others are generally friendly enough and I have become more used to it over time but I'm still not going to miss it.
- Elevators - like a lot of things, this comes back to my mild claustrophobia and panic attacks but I will be very, very glad to not have to travel in a lift multiple times a day.
Three things I will miss ...
- The views - roughly once a week I will find myself in an office that is ten or more stories up with fantastic views out to the mountains, over one of the parks or across the bay. These offices of course have floor to ceiling glass windows and I am more than happy to spend my time waiting looking out of them.
- The architecture - yes, I find the concrete jungle rather oppressive at times but if I keep my eyes open and focus the little snippets of gorgeous architecture around I realise that it really is a rather beautiful place to wander.
- Last, but certainly not least (in fact probably the most), coffee - the little corner of suburbia that I'm heading to does have two cafes across the road but at the moment I have no idea what sort of coffee they serve up. I have definitely been spoilt for choice in my time in the city and will miss the quality and variety.