Capital Punishment!

Trip Start Feb 27, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

G'day mate!

Well what can I say, never ever ever go to Canberra! I spent 2 days there and that was easily 2 days too long. All I wanted to do was see another Australian city, and with Canberra being the capital I thought it must have something going for it, surely...what a mistake that was.

I got there and it was raining. I had finally left sunny Sydney after almost a week of blissfully beautiful weather and I ended up in the miserable city of Canberra, the land where nothing happens.

I mean this place was dead, it had no heartbeat, no vitality, no nothing. Sure it had the parliament buildings, it had a huge water fountain, it had quite a nice lake, a fairly controversial national museum, a few large shopping centres but nothing to really grab the imagination, none of them a reason to visit. The one thing it did have was the Anzac War Memorial, to me the only redeeming attraction the city has to offer.

This is a memorial commemorating all those who had died in all of the conflicts Austalia has been involved in. It was very interesting to look around, indeed you could have spent all day there (and I wish I had), it is fairly good to look at from the outside, very informative on the inside, and it was huge. Apparently it was the size of a football field, and had 3 floors, you could (and I did) actually get lost. There was a full size Lancaster Bomber in there, the 'G for George', its meant to be quite a famous plane.

I visited it on part of a city tour I was taking, it was the first stop, and I was so engrossed in looking around the tour bus actually left without me! I was more than pi**ed!. I got to the car park just in time to see it pulling away, what a muppet. I wasnt even the only one he left behind! Me and the german girl had to catch up with the tour about 3 hours later at the New Parliament building on Capitol Hill, she was even less impressed than I was. It was a good walk from one side of the city to the other, and yes of course it was raining. Unfortuantely my german isnt what it was and her english wasnt what it should be...the conversation was light to say the least. Though we did agree on a universal name for the coach driver.

So yes I visited the parliament buildings, visited the big fountain, walked around the lake for a bit and went to the museum. To be honest the only reason they were worth doing is because there was nothing else to do.

Im now heading back to Sydney (again!), for my last final night in Australia. Then Im flying back to the sunshine, to land that is no stranger to war itself.

Catch you later,

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