Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 21) - Canberra
A CAPITAL PLAN
My brother's job brought him to Canberra for a week, so being nosy folk...
I must admit it does look very purpose built. It's all planned roads and wide open spaces. To be honest, we didn't really feel like there was a heart to it. It felt very much like a commuter city. No one actually lives in it but people zip in every day to shuffle paper (or whatever an administrative capital does!). Maybe we weren't there long enough or didn't explore the right areas but we didn't feel much of a vibe of any description!
However, we did manage to piggy back on a work BBQ Colm's boss was throwing. We were thrilled as this meant we had finally made it, a proper home grown aussie-tastic barbie. Would there be shrimp throwing? Would people be crunching cans of Castlemaine XXXX with their teeth? Would one half of the room chant 'Aussie Aussie Aussie' while the other half chanted back 'Oi Oi Oi'? Oh, we could only hope.
|Dress code = black. Budget = 1 drink between 4|