We had a great couple of days down there, just chilling, going out, eating and catching up with friends, old and new. Quite a good break from reality :). Canberra is like a sleepy little laid back town, the population of which I grossly underestimated after going out at night and seeing more people out and about than I've ever seen on the streets during the day (whenever I've been at least :P). Actually, up until our mini-road trip, I'd only been down the main street which leads to the Parliament House, and the little off road that leads to Questacon haha. So it was great to get a look at urban life in Canberra even if it was only for a couple of days.
We stayed out our friends house so we were treated to excellent homely hospitality, complete with their own rustic fireplace :D. Absolutely loved chilling there, warming our toes while we drank nice french wine and chowed down on takeout.
|Remnants of a night of divine French wine, |
cheese and other nibbles
We were also privy to our friends weekly soccer game, where we were treated to the coldest wind that chilled us to the bone, a bit of rain, unfortunately no bathroom in sight, but also a lovely rainbow :). And nothing better than after game drinks and nibbles at their local club.
On our second day there we went to this awesome cafe for breakfast - Tilley's. It is a HUGE cafe with both an indoor and alfresco seating areas, and it really gives off a homely, friendly and lively vibe. It was packed, even at 11, which can only be a testament to the delish food, or even just cafe culture in this little town. It was great to see so many people having breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning at what clearly seems to be a local institution, something I don't see very often in Sydney.
It was here I decided to try the interesting combination of bacon and maple which I have contemplating doing for some time now. And I was not disappointed! Absolutely love the combination of sweet, salty and savoury, and the pancakes went so well with it. Mmmm I polished off the whole plate, can't wait to try that combination again :D.
|Sundred Tomato Panini with Chips|
Everyone else got some interesting dishes as well, that smelt and looked amazing. I only wish I could find a place like that over here, or better yet, if I could have stayed a couple of more days to try out the rest of their menu.
|A random cafe we went to for breakfast on |
our last morning
|Strawberry French Toast|
As a last minute decision we decided to give good ol Questacon a visit haha. For those who don't know, Questacon is pretty much like an interactive museum of science and technology, a place where I think every child completing their 5th or 6th year of primary school will inevitably go to :P. Each exhibit contains displays which are for the most part interactive, in an attempt to impart knowledge on children in a more fun and amusing way. I don't remember learning much on my last visit to Questacon, which was mildly more exciting than this one :P. But to the credit of the government, I think it is an interesting and fun way to get children more interested in science.
|The bottom left is really interesting way of demonstrating a frequency distribution|
(how nerdy =P), and to the right is the awesome 6 metre slide!
The best part is the last exhibit which has the huge slide which - you actually have to hang off a bar about 6 meters off the ground, where you let go and land on a metal slide (ergonomically engineered so you don't hurt your ass on the way down :P). Its quite the mini adrenalin rush in my opinion haha.
|Entry stamp for Questacon!|
I have to say I didn't feel like leaving on Monday arvo :( the weather was beautiful, the air clean and crisp, and I knew I would miss the calm, relative quite of this semi-rural town. But I have to say getting there and back was defs half the fun. The scenery you pass, the conversations you have and the pit-stops you make are seriously worth a road-trip to anywhere :D.