Sydney has more Roundabouts than Canberra!!
Last night, three of Shawna’s friends came over for a little BBQ… After some issues with the BBQ outside, we ended up cooking everything on an electric one inside. The food was good, the company was good, and the fact that it only took us 2 minutes to decide to go bowling and five minutes to walk to the local AMF was awesome! We played two games before heading back, saying farewell to our visitors and then deciding to stay up and watch The Exorcist. It was hilarious! Unfortunately, we missed out on Lucille’s 20th Birthday celebrations back in Sydney – Happy Birthday Cille! Hope u had a good one!
Anyway, this morning we woke up at 9am and realised it was actually 10am. (Dammit! Daylight Savings!) So by the time we were all actually out of bed and showered and ready, it was midday and we couldn’t decide on what to do…. so for our final day we went down to the main Canberra Centre shopping mall (Parking is FREE on Weekends!!!!!) and just bummed, had lunch at a Nando’s restaurant and then travelled up to the top of Mt Ainslie to check out the superb views of the entire ACT. At 4:41pm, Sam and I bid our farewells to our awesome hosts (thanks Shawna, Shawna’s parents and Danny too!) and started our journey north. Now I sit in front of my computer in the familiar setting of my own bedroom, sad that our trip is over and sadder that uni starts up again on Tuesday.
So, what can we say about Canberra after being there for five days and four nights? Firstly, the following needs to be clarified – there are more roundabouts in Sydney, than in Canberra! The only reason you think Canberra is all roundabouts is because you know of two or three big ones that you see on your travels into the city and straight past the Australian War Memorial and Parliament Houses. Suburban Canberra has very little roundabouts!
Likewise, I know I’m going to sound really naive saying this, but there are people that actually live in Canberra (and they’re not all old retired folk either!). I forgot to mention, on the Thursday night we ventured into the city (about 4 minutes by car) to check out the night-life… and it was actually as busy as (if not more) any popular Sydney nightspot. We had a good couple of hours, and indeed, by the looks of the people around us, you would probably enjoy it more if you were to drink. But considering this was not the main focus/reason for our trip we kept it nice and simple. It was good to appreciate that Canberra is just as populated as any other state.
Yes, we did face some minor setbacks with deciding on what to do during the day. But you would equally have the same challenges in Sydney. Everything Sydney offers, Canberra also offers (except for the polluted air and coast/beach/harbor activities).
The fact of the matter, is that good company makes Canberra an awesome place to visit, a great place to go to relax and a stunning place to admire the serenity of the scenic surrounds.