03 January 2011

Noise and the City

A romantic mood can be difficult in a noisy environment.  The art of seduction probably will not thrive in the midst of lawnmower engines, burglar alarms, loud exhausts and inopportune telephone calls.  But perhaps this is a good thing.

Cities are noisy places, and noisy places may be improved with fewer people.  The less seduction, the less likelihood of crying babies at 2am.  When there are fewer people, there may be less traffic.

But cities have become an inevitable part of population pressure.  Cities are places of opportunity, of the prospect of wealth, and of hope.

BBC News article:  Buenos Aires is 'noisiest city in region', study says.

I have been to Buenos Aires, and certainly found it noisy, especially the restaurants of La Boca and the public buses.  There is no point in trying to sleep in a hotel in the city centre at 10pm, either.  Everyone is out and about below and around you.

In my travels, I have also had noisy experiences in apartments and hotels in several cities, and even in small villages. If it is not traffic noise, or people chatting in the corridor outside my room at one in the morning, it might be fireworks being let off at regular intervals, furniture being moved about above me, or renovations in progress below me.

What do you do when trying to sleep in a noisy environment?

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