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Canberra - Day Two

rain 13 °C

After having the best sleep since Rotorua and an unimpressive breakfast, we headed off to pick up Anne & Glen. We even managed to catch up on the hockey playoffs and Glen gave us a crash course of the different versions of rugby. We headed back towards Parliament to explore it more in depth. Who would have thought that the giant flagpole atop the roof cost a cool two million and you couldn’t walk on the grass roof unless you were security. Have also been caught in the middle of a paparazzi war as Tom & Glen battled it out with their lenses.

After exploring the parliament (and witnessing a “…security breach…” in the form of an unattended stroller), we hit up the Big Three embassies conviently located next to each other. Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain had the prime embassy locations and had some interesting details. Canada had the customery totem pole & French/English signs while New Zealand had a drive-up driveway and random carvings, and Great Britain was a fortress that nobody would ever be able to get into unless you spoke the secret password.

For lunch we hit up the foodcourt at the mall, which had surprisingly tasty selections! Chrissy is coming down with something however and was not in the least bit interested in the various food commodities. Tom finally settled on a knock-off of Burger King, which proved not as good as Burger King but still tasty.

After lunch, we decided to head to Tidbinbella Wildlife Reserve where we “hunted” down kangaroos and koalas. While we proved quite successful in locating groups of ‘roos, the koalas were more elusive and evaded our sight. After deliberating between turning left or right to get back to Canberra (it’s true: Canberra is a giant circle), we headed back to Glen’s house where we had Chinese takeaway (not take-out here). We rounded off the evening with a ‘…concrete mixer…’, which is a form of Cold Stone ice cream except it’s more of a custard than ice cream. Overall, it’s still quite delicious! Crawling into bed, we decided it as probably cheaper to get room service for breakfast than the café downstairs so before our eyes closed, we filled out our form and stuck it on the door.

Posted by tc2009 15:04 Archived in Australia

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