Way of Life, Canberra
A funny thing happened on our way from Melbourne to Sydney, we stopped in Canberra. This is a city that only exists because of the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney. They couldn’t come to a decision about where to put the nation’s capital and neither of the big two was giving any concessions so they basically went right in the middle of them and build a capital where nothing much else was. And it shows. It seems the most soulless place on earth. The word is that the politicians mostly live in either Sydney or Melbourne and just go down for their workweeks, heading back to civilization on weekends. I certainly wouldn’t say it’s a must see place in Australia, but if you go, check out the Parliament Building for some truly garish architecture!
Fondest memory: We got off the bus and discovered a very different place than we had imagined. This was not a thriving capital city ala Washington DC, but a virtual ghost town. No traffic jams, in fact very few cars period and stranger yet, even less pedestrians. At times, it seemed that we were the only ones walking around. We also discovered that things were fairly well spread out and took forever to get from one place to the next, especially on a day trip.