Blogs from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Oceania

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Geo: -35.3284, 149.084This morning we planned to meet up with Heidi a friend from work many years ago and who I recently got into contact with through Facebook, we met at the TwenntyOne Cafe across the road from the hotel, it was strange that despite the years we both recognised each other instantly, we spent a good time talking about our lives since we last met. In conversation it came up about the number of carcass's littering the road side on our way up to Canberra, Heidi explained that if you hit an animal you had to remove it from the highway and if it was a Roo or Wallaby you had to check it's pouch in case it had a joey in there in which case you had to notify the authorities so that resolved ... read more
National Dinosaur Museum
National Dinosaur Museum
National Dinosaur Museum


Geo: -35.3284, 149.084The drive up to Canberra was different to say the least the change in countryside was quite marked and all of a sudden we were seeing snow warnings as we progressed although I didn't think they were anything to worry about as we'd just about reached our maximum climb the thing that will forever stick with me about this stretch of road was road kill. It started with a few roos and then occasionally a few wallabies as we progressed the sheer number was startling we stopped counting them in the end and then we started seeing dead Wombats as well ( we really wanted to see Wombats in the wild but this wasn't what we wanted) The really strange thing was that all the dead bodies were at the side of the road ... read more
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House


Woo hoo this is my first entry in my new travel blog, the bags are packed and I know what I'm bringing and now the only thing to do is finish my shows and wait for tomorrow. It seemed so far away when I first planned my trip but it's hard to believe it's happening tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing my relatives and seeing Paris and Rome. I'll only be in Paris for a few days but I still wanted to name my blog "An Aussie in Paris" because I'm super exited about visiting Paris and finally going up the Eifel tower. Just 29 hours to go.... read more


I have to admit, I've been studying journalism for around 2 years and I still get overly excited when one of my sources agrees to an interview, I recently scored one with a group in Brno, the Czech Republics second largest city that is around 2.5 hours away from Prague. So once I get a conformation of a date and time I will be all over it. I loathe having to follow up sources, probably the worst feeling when you have to remind someone that I had emailed them and not all media is bad... As for my Bon Voyage party! Mum threw a surprise party last night for my closest friends and family, it was a lovely evening filled with laughter, wine and onesies. (Speaking of onesies, Joe is currently wearing the one I left ... read more


This afternoon I had the misfortune of packing... How I loathe that chore, if it wasn't for umpteen Youtube videos on how to successfully pack for a month and not take up unnecessary room in your suitcase I probably would have given up... Or played video games or something far less productive. Eliot was not pleased about my packing escapades, he turned his back on me and wouldn't look me in the eye when I had the suitcase on my bed. I gave him his dinner and he seemed pleased enough but only until he next visits my room... ... read more
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4 days... After months of planning and sweating over costs it's coming down to the wire of everything, being the typical amazing procrastinator I am (honestly, I have a Masters in it) I have only just started really honing down on my first assignment. My first assignment focuses on human trafficking in Europe and the effects (effects? Affects? These always bewildered me) the cost of free movement has had. In researching (and I say researching I mean looking on Wikipedia) it's astonishing to see the lengths of which people will go to to. Enough on that though, I should probably explain more about what I'm doing anyway. Who would have thought little old me, a 21 year old Canberra girl would be spending 4 weeks away in Prague and Germany on a once in a lifetime ... read more
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Very early morning ride to the airport. I had wanted to take the train but it did not run early enough so I got a ride from the hostel manager for $45 AUD. Had to wake up at 4:30AM to pack up and take a shower. Car left promptly at 5AM and 45 minutes later I was at the airport and in line for my Virgin Airlines flight. I am usually good about my flight planning but here I made a mistake because I didn't realize my ticket did not include checked baggage. I had to pay an extra $70 for my bag. If you buy through Travelocity or Expedia than always check with the airline itself to confirm what it covers. Ok first flight took me to Sydney and I will say Virgin Airlines does ... read more
Parliament
Pool of water in front of Parliament
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Next we headed across the road to the National Dinosaur Museum. From the outside it looked as if it was just aimed at kids as the forecourt was full of life-sized dinosaur models and you even walked through a huge toothy T-Rex mouth to enter. Inside, though, it was very well laid out with display cases full of fossils tracing the eras from the oldest, 4700 million years ago, to the emergence of man, 2.5 million years ago. They particularly pointed out the Australian fossils and showed how they compared to more well known ones. Each display was well labelled and had some really interesting and surprising information presented in a simple, friendly and accessible way, whatever your age. We spent ages reading the placards and Barry faced off against a Parasaurolophus Walker, from the Cretaceous ... read more
National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra
National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra
National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra


Although there is still loads to see in the Canberra city centre, we’ll keep that for a future visit. Today we went into the suburb of Nicholls, just up the road, to Gold Creek Village which is an area with lots of entertaining things for all ages. I really wanted to see the miniature buildings at Cockington Green Gardens and we both thought we’d check out the National Dinosaur Museum. I have loved model villages since I first saw Bekonscot, the oldest one in the world – now 85 years old, near London in the UK as a child so I couldn’t wait to relive my childhood here and see how it compared. Cockington Green is only a baby, built in 1979, and the first section was based on the village of Cockington in Torquay in ... read more
Cockington Green Gardens Model Village, Canberra
Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra
Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra


The Old Parliament House (see previous entry), an understated but impressive building, had served as the home of the Federal Government from 1927 to 1988, when the new Parliament was completed. By that time more than 3,000 people were packed into a building only meant for a few hundred to work in. I bet they were thrilled with their new premises – no more sitting on each others’ laps! Inside the Parliament we went through the two Chambers- Upper (Senate) and Lower (House of Representatives), which were very imposing but decorated with lighter red and green than I had realised. I had expected them to be like the Melbourne ones, following the strong British Parliament colours, but they were more subdued and had eucalyptus leaves throughout the carpet instead of oak leaves. Then we saw the ... read more
Old Parliament House, Canberra
Old Parliament House, Canberra
Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra




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