lunes, 1 de julio de 2013
It seems that while Mexico comes to life at night, in Australia everything only becomes more intimidating, dark and lonesome; which is ironic considering how much safer Australia apparently is. Boundaries seem more definite, more intimidating. Seeing such (generally pointless) rigidity makes me feel the need to rebel... But being caught out somewhere where you weren't meant to be at night would get you into a lot more trouble than during the day. While all the signs are there during the day, at night disobeying them may leave people jumping to conclusions about your intentions: stalker? murder? rapist? pervert? It is like the personal and private aspect becomes so much more prominent at night than during daylight hours. And while I am a private person myself, maybe I wouldn't have been if I was raised somewhere else.
Apart from a certain coldness, there is an unsettling element to such strict privacy though: what are they trying to hide? Maybe it is my misinterpretation given Australia's reputation for being a really laid back country... but the suburbs at night are definitely unwelcoming, creating a heightened sense of your own isolation, almost an absence.