Leaving Melbourne today, packed my rucksack and meet Selina for breakfast. Normally you'll have cereal, toast or even a cooked English breakfast. But no, we went and had a famous St.Kilda cake. It was so go, I only managed to eat half my millionaire shortbread, it got really sickly. I even brought another cake for the road. Left the hostel and got the airport bus to the airport. It was about 40 minutes away. I only had 90 minutes to wait, before my Qantas flight to the capital.
I love flying with scheduled airlines you get free food and drinks! Every little helps when your travelling, sorry Tesco's for stealing your slogan. The flight was only 50 minutes so they did the quickest service. It was a little bumpy on the decent. In the distances you could see an Australian mountain range covered in snow! Using Australia and snow in the same sentence was something I never thought I would use.
The airport in Canberra was tiny. It took about 10 minutes to clear and I then had to wait 40 minutes for the airport bus as they only run hourly. What kind of capital is this?? Hourly buses! The sun was shining, skies were blue, but it was cold. The coldest place I've been to so far.
When I arrived in the city, I asked the driver where the YHA hostel was? He didn't have a clue, what a great help he was. A friendly guy pointed me in the right direction, and it was about 10 minutes walk away. Not great when your having to carry your rucksack. But it was good this guy went out his way to tell me where to go. As I would never have found it.
The hostel was nice it even has a pool but I never used it. I'm in a 10 bed dorm and the room was massive with its own terrace, which I made use of reading my book. I made sure I had a bed close to a pug socket. Just makes it easier and safer when I'm charging my iPad. It was about 4 o'clock by the time I had arrived and I took a walk around the Canberra shopping centre. The town was dead after 5. With only a supermarket open, I ended up buying stuff to do taco's.. The check out girl asked where her invite was...!? Ha ha. I just laughed. Weirdo. She was old enough to be me Ma.
Canberra looks to be a very strange city, normally most cites are old developed over hundereds of years, like London and Paris. This was like a city that was build to be a capital. When they were deciding the capitl both Sydney and Melbourne wanted to take the role: so as a compromise they build it in the middle of the two. It has a very strange hexagon layout. Very clean, and everything goes quite at 17:00 when the suits leave the high rise buildings. All the street names are if places back in England.!
I cooked dinner, and chilled. I would love to say that I caught up on my blog and read. No. I didn't, that's why I'm currently writing this 10 days later in Hong Kong on the beach. My bad. It was nice to have a quiet night in, but I don't think I had much of a choice.