On the road again...

Trip Start May 18, 2003
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City Walk Hotel

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Having spent nearly half a year living in Sydney I thought it was about time I should be moving onto pastures new, visiting more of this huge country. I spent my last day visiting my cousin Saraj and his family. It's been great spending time with him and his children. The last time we met, before I came to Australia, I was just seven years old so there has been a lot of catching up to do.

This morning Kylie and Mat took me out for a farewell breakfast at the "Common Ground" cafe in Balmain. It's a little bohemian styled place that is run by a local commune. They serve great milkshakes, which they keep topping up at your table if they make too much. I recommend the Mango shake, very yummy.

I said goodbye to Mat and Kylie, my flatmates for the past five months, just as the new flatmates arrived at the door. Talk about timing! Mat dropped me off at the coach terminal (just next to the Central Railway Station) where I awaited my 12:30pm to Canberra - Australia's purpose built capitol.

It rained for most of the non-stop bus journey ($31 one way) but the three and a quarter hours passed quickly thanks to the witty bus driver and a Jim Carrey film. Occasionally there were fantastic vistas on either side of the bus as we passed over gorges and rivers, but these were few are far between. So if you take this journey by plane you won't be missing out on that much road-side scenery.

On arrival in Canberra I made a beeline for the closest hostel and checked into the City Walk Hotel ($22 for a dorm bed with a $20 refundable key deposit). It's been a long time since I have stayed at a hostel, but I do remember them being much better than where I was staying tonight. Perhaps I just picked a dud this time.

Having dropped off my bags and walked around the city centre Canberra seems very sterile, going on first impressions. The streets are fairly empty. It is Sunday evening though so perhaps I should reserve judgement until tomorrow.

It's good to be travelling again. I had forgotten how free it feels to be able to pick up my bags and just take off in whichever direction suits me.
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