Blogs from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 50


Well, can you believe only nine days to go! Argh! Most things are organised (not my passport, but that's only a minor detail, right? ......Right???) Come on Amanda, get your oversized posterior into gear! (I'm not 100% certain if it is Mrs V but she does seems so cuddly and friendly). In case you are uninformed, the plan is Rome for 5 weeks, Salerno (on the Amalfi Coast) for 3 weeks, and Florence for 4. Italia here I come!... read more

Hello! This is the first time I have had access to internet (that worked) so I apologize! We have done a lot, but I will try to keep it brief. Our first day we toured the Olympic Park Grounds and Telstra Stadium. It was a good frist day, the pool was very refreshing. On our second day we had a group photo in front of the Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge, then went to an opal museum. (If anyone doesn't like their gift, just let me know and I am sure any one of the leaders would love to take it off your hands!). We also had a Harbour cruise and tour of the Opera house. The Opera house was quite different then anyone expected. They have hosted events like sumo wrestling, boxing, opera, concerts, ... read more

We were all super tired after our bus journey...the junky up the back of the bus meant that we had to sleep with one eye open the whole way! Not happy!!! You could hardly see one ft in front of you when we arrived in Canberra...freezing and foggy! Not great! The story of Canberrra...the Capital is that it is really boring, nothing much to do or see and well its just full of bored civil servants and their equally bored children! As it turns out there is a little fun to be had but I can be forgiven for staying for only one night!!! We got breakfast then headed over to Ashleys dorm/hotel! Actual hotel, why didnt I go into hospitality!?! We chilled for a wee bit then Ash took us out for a walk round ... read more
On the road again...
Mid Phil Collins rendition...

I don't have to explain much about why I was in Australia in 2005 and 2006. Just want to post some photos here for sharing. During my one year in Canberra, I have taken trips to Adelaide and Cairns, and a train journey from Sydney to Perth. I will try to add another entry especially for the last trip. Although many people have told me that Canberra is a boring place, I started to love it near the end of my stay. Yes, there are inconveniences living in that city (if you prefer to call it so), such as just when you need to get from A to B urgently, you find that there is no one taxi on the street, or after walking for half an hour and there is still no one in ... read more

Yes so as I last left you I was on my merry way to Oslo....said goodbye to sweet angel jackie....lined up in the cue for check was surprisingly to the counter and exchanged excited words with the lovely qantas woman and all went #!!!***??? This was the very sentence that made my smooth sailing travels somewhat DIFFERENT! " I am sorry dear it seems that your passport has expired." Tummy drops, the cold sweat runs across my brow....the sad thing....I had a intuitive feeling that was going to be the case. I had read the bloody expiry date backwards.... So I took a big breath...gathered my thoughts....and the AMAZING RACE ala Rayne Murray began. Somehow I had to try and get my passport sorted and then get on a later flight to Oslo. ... read more


Hello and welcome to the latest instalment of my travels. Sadly Ive been a bit poor on updating this as the World Cup has held my attention recently. Ive watched at least one game every day, and thats quite impressive in my eyes seen as the matches dont kick off till 11pm, 2am and 5am over here. Crazy I know- surely FIFA should have looked into these time differences and taken into account that Im travelling and should have put all games on at a more reasonable hour. Sort it out Pele!! Since I reported last time, we have enjoyed 10 wonderful days in Australias, if not the Worlds greatest city, Sydney. Not only is this city good, its amazing!! I dont know why exactly other than it has got everything you want from a city, ... read more
Me infront of Sydney Harbour Bridge
And here are the others
In anticipation

The date is 12 March 1913. As the foundations of a new capital are being laid, discussions are continuing as to what to name this new city, attempting to reflect its impact in defining a new age for Australian people. Eventually they choose the name 'Canberra', an Aboriginal term meaning 'meeting place'. It is ironic then, that 93 years later, the city named 'meeting place' is where we find that there is not a single person to meet here! The place is dead. Actually, i'm being a tad unfair; it's very easy to take a swipe at Oz's capital, but it's not a ghost town of Townsville proportions. It just came as a shock after 10 days in the hustle and bustle of Sydney life. Still, there were a number of tourist-worthy sites to visit in ... read more
Garden of Australian Dreams
The Senate
Australian War Memorial

We spent 4 days in the nations capital, Canberra. It has just over 300,000 people living there so is a lot smaller than Sydney, Melbourne and the like. In yesteryear when men were men and all that jazz Melbourne and Sydney were great rivals so it was decided to build a capital city in between them both: Canberra was built in the early twentieth century for the sole purpose of becoming the new nation's capital. Our Youth Hostel was the most expensive one we've stayed in so far: still only 15 round pounds a night though. It was well worth the money: it had a free pool table, nice TV room, was clean and generally looked modern. It also had on the Lower ground floor, a heated Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi- the perfect atmosphere for us ... read more
Anzac Avenue
Abstract and bring the beat back
3 Queens

How you going? That seems to be the most popular way of saying hello here. None of that G'day rubbish. We left Sydney on the 16th of June and got a Greyhound coach to Canberra. We had heard from various backpackers that Canberra was (sorry to all you Canberrains) a little on the dead side so were considering avoiding it altogether. Hang on a second though. It is the capital of Australia though isn't it? I mean it must have something worth going to see. Therefore we decided to stop in Canberra for a couple of days before moving on to Melbourne. Upon arrival we were discover that the rumors were indeed true. Canberra is definitely a lot less hyper than Sydney. It's not like a ghost town or anything. It's more like a city that's ... read more
Aboriginal Art
Searching For That Someplace That I Cannot Find
The Garden Of Australian Dreams

Can't hardly believe we're actually going! All packed now, had a few people come in and help cull some stuff - ended up with a washing basket full of stuff i didnt really need! Jase ended up with 3 washing baskets full! All off tomorrow... wow.... read more

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