Capital Teritory

Trip Start Aug 29, 2006
Trip End Mar 10, 2007

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Right then -  I've got quite a bit to catch up on after my Christmas break.  Hey even those on holidays need to have a break!
The Ashes

As mentionned in the last blog entry, our Ashes tickets had not turned up as hoped (Thanks Royal Mail!!!) so we were left with three options. Number one, go to Federation square and watch the game on a big screen with all the others that didn't get tickets.  Option two, try and get tickets from a tout on the gate and thirdly pretend that we are not English and also that the Ashes aren't happening.  Being the ever optimistic Poms, we tried option 2 and walked up to the gate and bought two standing tickets for face value ($20 each bonus!).  It was still raining at this point so the touts just wanted to get rid of the things!!!  Overall, we had a great day out watching all the English batsmen walk up to the crease and mostly walk back to the pavilion not long after!!  Highlight for all bar Andrew Strauss was Shane Warne getting his 700th test wicket.  The whole of the MCG went mad when it happened!!!  To be honest, it was a matter of whom and not when he would get the wicket.  Despite the bitterly cold wind that was blowing through the MCG on Boxing Day and the piss poor English performance, neither put a dampener on the Barmy Army whom spent the majority of the day singing their hearts out.
Off to the Capital
Next stop on the Oz tour was a two night stint in Canberra - the country's capital which is allegedly famous for three things.....politics, porn and fireworks!  On arrival in Canberra, we knew straight away that we would like it as it was about 20 degreees hotter than Melbourne!
With only having one full day in the Capital, we picked out three of the Capital's tourist highlights for us to visit (I'm not sure there are many more worth visiting!).  Luckily for us, they are all on the same road which made it easy for us to walk between the three of them.
First up was the War Memorial which we planned to only spend a half hour or so at before moving on.  The War Memorial itself is stunning and an amazing tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for their country. The grounds also house a very informative museum on all of the wars that the Australian troops have partipated in over the years.  Straight away, we knew that the half hour scheduled visit was out of the window as we wandered through the various displays. 
Next up was the original Parliament House which was originally built as a temporary home for the government but ended up being used for 61 years.  After being distracted by a really cool car show of old school Holdens (Think Vauxhall!) that were parked up in front of the Old Parliament, we spent an hour here wandering around all the separate rooms and chceking out the National Portrait Gallery. It was obvious that most of the men working today at the building weren't interested in helping people out as they mostly had their eyes glued to the tvs - watching the live action from the MCG.  We actually caught a member of security and a guide sneekily watching the Ashes on a tv in the Prime Minister's secretary's room (at this point it was inevitable that Australia were going to easily win again...)
Final stop of the day was the New Parliament Building where we joined one of the free tours around the building.  The new building is a very impressive piece of architecture however the person who chose the colours for the seats in the house of representatives and the senate should have been fired as his choices of pink and pale green (instead of the traditional red and dark green like in England!) were horrid. 
Once back at the hostel, it was bag packing time again as the next day we were going to take our last Greyhound bus trip in Oz to our final destination......Sydney!
Ciao for now,
Pete and Clare
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