It’s one of those things…you live in a city for a long time and you think you know it intimately, all the little nooks and crannies, the ins and outs of all the touristy things to do and see and yet there are some things you just haven’t experienced….why? Perhaps it’s because we couldn’t take dogs on there…. You tell the visitors who come to stay what to to see and do…best food, best wine, great museums, music, art and if you live in a harbour city the best and most interesting ways of getting around by boat, bus & rail. And in the case of Sydney one of our anomalies was the Monorail…a little light rail system that weaved it’s way above the streets up high and didn’t really go anywhere…it was one of the things I didn’t tell my visitors to go and do and yet a couple of weeks ago when it was due to close Sydneysiders became nostalgic about losing something that a lot of us had no real attachment to…..I had twenty five years to travel the monorail and I just forgot to do it…..until the last couple of weeks and then the last day and then the queues were soooo long it was reminiscent of living in London in the 80’s where queues were out of control, that a part of me simply rebelled…I could not queue for something I had had the opportunity to do for twenty five years and just didn’t do….it reminded me of the play The Mousetrap, playing in London for more than twenty six years and I didn’t go and see that either….I’m sure it was good and then again maybe not…it was just there…like the mono. But Dogs Inner City still felt just a little pang of nostalgia…we had to go and say goodbye even though we weren’t really acquainted…..the little train that didn’t really go anywhere and was meant to make such an impact on our transportation system….but in spite of that we love her. On her last day people queued, bands played, we photographed and waved farewell to the mono….she’s being put out to pasture and happy retirement in the country where the little trains go and her tracks will be dismantled. A new light rail system is being developed further to carry many more passengers around Sydney and it’s on street level. Farewell Sydney Mono….one thing we didn’t do in Sydney….here’s what we found….
Bye bye mono ….it could have been good great…..
All aboard and see you on the streets…
© Elizabeth O’Donnell 2013