Late on Friday night, The Boyfriend and I decided to take off to Canberra, our nation’s capital, for the weekend. Canberra is truly the most boring place in the world. All Aussie schoolkids are sent there on a school excursion in around 6th grade, it seems, so the place is also full of squalling kids all through the week, high on sugar and bored of traipsing through the Mint or the War Memorial or the Art Gallery.

We were aiming for the Art Gallery deliberately – the Musee d’Orsay in Paris is currently under renovation, so they have loaned many of their works to the Aussie National Gallery. Fantastic exhibition and well worth the wait (the line up was over an hour – and that was in the quietest part of the day!). I have always loved Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and to see it in person was rather breathtaking. So many examples of stunning art – if you’re in the area it’s well worth the effort of getting in to see it.

Unfortunately, the popularity of the exhibition meant that every single hotel, motel, B&B, cabin, you name it, in the whole of Canberra was booked out on Saturday night. We were determined to make it into a proper weekend away so we found a gorgeous little pub called The Bushranger Hotel in nearby Collector. A brilliant example of country hospitality – we ended up getting rather sozzled with the owner, who then took us on a ghost tour of the supposedly haunted hotel. It was a real laugh – but I must admit my thoughts on streaks on the mirrors are not that they are ghost children’s fingerprints, but that they are dirty mirrors! Plus, dudes, the ghosts are supposed to be adults. Great pub though – I’d stay there again, and it was so much more fun than a boring hotel room with no personality.

Across the road from the pub was a very strange example of a different sort of culture. Apparently the man who used to live here made this in memory of his father, who died in the war. Which war, they weren’t sure. Looks like the alien vs human war to me.


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5 Responses to “Culture”

  1. sashimi Says:

    Wow! I’d shudder for 6 months if I even spotted Casper the friendly ghost!

    • 12ontheinside Says:

      Trust me, there was no Casper there. I’m not saying there isn’t one ever, but just not when we were there (and having lived in a truly spooky haunted house, I do think I know!).

  2. zhenya Says:

    Dear 12. Daaaaaaaaarwin is way more boring. At least a) Canberra has an expo of Impressionist art! and b) is close to Sydney.

    the end.

    • 12ontheinside Says:

      Hmm. Perhaps Darwin was not as boring because I was visiting friends there. I imagine that Darwin’s humidity would get rather tired after a while!

  3. Pamela Says:

    War of the Worlds

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