HIghlight of the day: Beetroot Burgers
Trip Start Oct 21, 2012
49Trip End Jan 27, 2013
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Then we headed off into the dry heat to walk through the city, across a bridge to the other side of a manmade lake to the parliament area. Canberra is a unique layout because it was designed and built intentionally as the capital. It was a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne, and was placed far away from pretty much everything
After a sweaty trek to the House of Parliament, we took refuge inside the air-conditioned building and joined a guided tour. Like many political discussions, it was pretty interesting, slightly boring and quite long. I learned that the Australian form of government is very similar to the Canadian one, with one exception being that they elect their senate which means they actually have real democracy unlike our system where the senate is appointed by whoever’s in charge, and indefinitely, so they don’t really serve their intended purpose. I appreciated this tidbit.
Then we left and set off towards the National Museum which was on the other side of the lake
Then we hit the museum, which was really interesting, educational and air conditioned. We stayed for two hours until they kicked us out cause they were closing. I can’t mention everything we learned about; because that would mean they had done a crappy job of educating us. In a nutshell, it described the history of Australia from it’s very beginning as the first land mass to break off Pangea, **, to the story of the Aborigines, the arrival of the Europeans, the convict background of the original immigrants, the development of all the urban settlements, and the evolution of the relationship between the Aborigines and the immigrant Australians. Which is quite a story.
We took a bus back to the hostel neighborhood and hung out for a while, chatting up some Asian women backpackers that were really interesting. Then for supper we had meat pies that we bought in the frozen food section of the IGA, some tabbouleh and for dessert had gelato when we went out for an evening stroll to check out the Saturday night life of the capital city. I had choc-mint as a hot weather sub for peppermint hot chocolate, to get in the festive spirit. I can’t believe tomorrow’s Christmas Eve Eve!!