Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
15Trip End Oct 08, 2009
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I decided to go explore what Canberra has to offer. I picked up a local map, and off I went! For those that know me, this is a scary concept (I fully realize this!), but I ended up really impressing myself as I never once got lost! I walked around from about 11am until 5pm: Canberra is a beautiful city. Although I just called it a city, it definitely looks and feels a lot more like a little town
Afterwards, I headed down to Kingston area which has a lot of restaurants and shops. I grabbed some lunch at a café and had one of the greatest smoothies I've ever had with a BLT. Although prices at the supermarket are very similar to Ottawa, restaurant prices definitely are not! A normal meal (pizza, club sandwich, etc) at a café or restaurant was between $18-22 based on what I could see. However, everything is inclusive of tax (what you see on the menu is what you pay) and tipping is very optional (only when you get amazing service). I spent the afternoon looking for an internet café but had no luck. From what I could find, there is only one around here and it is closed on Sundays and closes at 5pm on week nights. After walking around that area, I headed off to Parliament House which is about a 15 minute walk from my hotel. Parliament House is MUCH different from ours!! The walk there is made up of parks and walking/running trails and is gorgeous
The biggest difference I have noticed is the driving on the "wrong" side of the road! There are tons of multiple lane round-abouts, and I quickly learned that even if you see a little “bonhomme” at a crossroad, you can’t cross if it is red as that means it’s not your turn to walk (I learned that very quickly.). Sonia has taught me well: “before crossing, look to your right first, then look left, and then look right again just to make sure!!”. Dad, you’d really like her! J
I am surprisingly enough not feeling jet lagged at all, although I will definitely be going to bed early tonight after all the walking around I did today! The weather has been very nice: it went up to about 15 degrees this afternoon and it was very sunny (felt very much like a day in September for us)
I hope all is well with everyone!
Manon : J’espère que tout va bien chez nous et que Aiko ne te donne pas trop de trouble! :)
Dad/Diane : Je me suis promenée avec Mr. Pug dans mon sac depuis mon départ d’Ottawa, merci encore!!!
Michelle: J’espère que tu passes un beau voyage!!
Fay : Happy belated birthday hun! Hope you had a great one!! Xox