Canberra. Day One.
Well, I’m finally in Canberra!
We arrived here at around noon after a three hour journey by car, and my first impression was “OMG! People actually live here!” (well no, I’m not that naive, it’s more the fact that now I’ve been able to actually see that there’s more to Canberra than the Parliament Houses, the War Memorial and Questacon – you can thank Year 6 and Year 10 camps for that).
After drumping our stuff at Shawna’s place (thanks for hosting us Shawna!), we headed off to Canberra Centre, a massive shopping mall. Lunch was fairly uneventful, except for fact that when it came time to pay for our parking we noticed the first big difference…… The first half an hour costs 60cents! And then incrementally increases until a maximum of about $13-15 for 7+ hours. In Sydney, althought you’ve got the first couple of hours free, the price skyrockets to about $30 for the same amount of time!
Next stop was Floriade, the national flower festival that apparently gets a lot of hype around this time of year. I must admit, it was fairly nicely set out – it all followed an Australian Movie theme so flower arrangements were set out to reflect favourites like “Crocodile Dundee”, “Shine” and “The Puberty Blues” (whatever the hell that is). I took some really neat photos 🙂 Some of them are below (click for enlargements)
This is the closest we got to, and intend to get to, Parliament House —->
So anyways, tonight we spent our time versing each other on Wii Sports – Wii’s are awesome! Shawna’s mum then cooked us a hectic lasagne! At the dinner table her parents helped us brainstorm ideas for tomorrow’s shenanigans, we’ll just have to wait and see how that pans out 🙂 … Now I’m just full and wanting to go crawl up in bed and sleep. I’ve brought a whole heap of uni stuff along with me, hoping to perhaps find a chance to get it all done – highly unlikely but.
Anyways, I’ll reserve a proper critical analysis of Canberra once I get out and experience it a bit more. So far, so good 🙂
Till tomorrow night….