Can do? Canberra! (Post 500!)
Yes, another post with a strange punlike title. And yes – this is my five hundredth post on Word Press, since I moved my blog here in early 2014. So that’s a pretty a pretty decent achievement I guess. I wonder how many words I’ve written, or overwritten!
You find me today, or last night as I am writing for tomorrow morning, in the Australian capital, Canberra. Two days ago I drove from Melbourne to Wangaratta, and yesterday (Friday) I drove the remaining 430 kilometres to Canberra. The drive was, well, quite dull to be honest. At this time of year, Autumn, after Summer has wreaked its ravages on the land, everything is brown. In Spring it would be a lot greener. The roads weren’t especially busy, although on Thursday night when I was driving from Melbourne to Wangaratta (around three hours) there were a lot of trucks on the road.
Today my wife and I got out and about in Canberra and saw a few things. We had a gourmet brunch at a place called ‘The Cupping Room’, the we went to Parliament House. It is open to the public and despite my dislike for the people who work in the place, it was great to visit and see where Australia is governed from.
From there we went to the War Memorial, where they are putting up stands for the Anzac Day ceremonies. It’s a beautiful building and contained inside and around the memorial is a museum to Australia at war, principally the First and Second World Wars.
After that it was up Black Mountain to go to the Telstra Tower for a high view of the surrounds and Canberra. I could see just how brown the landscape was. Canberra is an interesting town in some ways. Hard to call it a city, it’s not really big enough but yet it is the Australian capital.
Driving has been a good way to get about, I can’t recall seeing a single local bus, so we’ve already saved a lot of money on taxis. The roads are notorious for being ultra-windy (as in round and round!) and confusing, with lots of one way streets. To be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of one way streets, and I recently purchased my first ever GPS device and that has helped out because all the roads DO loop the loop and without it I expect we would have lost a fair bit of time to crazy streets. But, as it was, we were fine.
So, it’s a really short break. I have one more day and then Monday it’s a long drive back to Melbourne via the Hume Highway, over 700 kilometres. A fair drive – but that’s Australia for you! Thanks for reading, and May the Journey Never End!