Canberra

It was a hot day, but I managed to fit a lot in. I started with a visit to parliament.  I know some of you will be going “parliament, really?” but it’s a really lovely building with some really great gardens attached. Make sure you check out the dancing walrus (Canada’s gift to Australia), and the tree tapestry (it looks like a painting but it’s a tapestry and I want it).

From there I grabbed the bus to the National Portrait Gallery.  Free, it’s definitely worth a visit. I took a few snaps of my favourites, but you can spend a good amount of time there looking at all the various portraits.

From there I walked along the water, checked out the international flag display, and went to the country’s national library.

One bus later, I was down by Lake Burley Griffin ready to do an hour boat cruise around the lake.  I had seen most of these sights on land, but it was hot out so I was ready to be on the water for a little bit.

It was a lovely morning and afternoon.  I got back to the hostel around 3, watched some tennis, and made some friends. It’s hot out (like really hot), so I’m going to hit the movies tonight so I don’t spend the rest of the night in the hostel. But all in all I’m really pleased with my time in Canberra, and am excited to move on to Melbourne tomorrow.

Canberra

Today I bused from Sydney to Canberra.  I thought it was hot in Sydney, but it’s just sweltering in Canberra. I definitely made a bad call when I decided to walk everywhere today – tomorrow I will use the city bus!

I arrived in the early afternoon, and walked down to the Australian War Memorial. It’s a very large museum, going through the Australian contribution in all the wars.  It was actually very interesting and highly recommended, and not just because it was fully air conditioned.

From there I walked down to the water.  I’ll cross the bridge tomorrow, when I go to check out parliament, but I thought I’d walk through the park on this side of the bridge and get some nice views.

That might not sound like a full afternoon, but it equaled more than 4 hours of walking in 40 degree weather, so I’m currently hanging out in the common room watching the Australian Open.  I’m heading to the tournament on Friday, so when the others put tennis on I thought I’d use the opportunity to see who I’m going to cheer for.

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I’ll get out more tomorrow, as there seems to be lots to check out near parliament.