Bush Capital

I love all the parkland in Canberra. I love the fact that, as I walked to the Dickson Shops to grab a bite to eat, I could walk through stands of gum trees. You’re still in the middle of Australia’s capital city, and to an extent, you can still feel like you’re in the bush.

Even though I had planned to catch up with a friend tonight, I piked, citing tiredness. We chatted on the phone for a while, nonetheless.

The other thing I’ve discovered today is that I’ve become a somewhat complacent traveller. A trip to Canberra? No worries, throw a few things in the bag and she’ll be right? Wrong! Although I took several types of skin protection and conditioner with me, I didn’t bring any toothpaste, and thus bought a $1 tube from reception downstairs this morning. That’s two teeth cleans! And although I brought a suit with me in addition to casual clothes, I only actually brought the one shirt I was wearing with me. It’s currently in the bathroom hanging up, and I’m hoping it will be dry by tomorrow morning.

So yes, that’s my second glamorous night in Canberra. Doing some handwashing and feeling physically and mentally tired. The radio still doesn’t work, and there’s not much on the television aside from “Big Love”. I’m guessing some type surfing the web will be in order.

I haven’t actually been “into Canberra” since arriving. My plan for the morning though is to get up early, go for a walk, check out the lake etc, before catching the bus tomorrow.

Graeme – if you’re reading this… I’m unlikely to make the pub tomorrow.

5 Replies to “Bush Capital”

  1. Have you got time to pop into the national gallery for the impressionist exhibition? All the good stuff from the Musee d’Orsay is here at the moment. :)

    1. Hi Tom, unfortunately no. It was on the plan, but I’m on a tight schedule for this trip unfortunately. James

  2. “I piked, citing tiredness” – a line straight out of my book ;)

    Agree on the packing too- basically I never quite pack everything away, I have a full mini toiletries bag and a rolly bag right by the door, so I can go anywhere in a jiffy! My sister calls me the eternal backpacker, lol. The good thing is when you do it very often you get really good at not forgetting anything essential…in terms of forgetting a spare shirt, good excuse to add to your wardrobe… I’d rather pack a little lighter so there is room to bring things back from travels :)

    1. I agree with you about packing lighter so there is room to bring things back. A good philosophy. And with clothing, I’d rather buy locally to suit climatic conditions than carry a bunch of crap from Australian clothing stores with me.

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