04.30.2007 -17 °C
Today we caught the train to Canberra Australia, the country’s capitol city. It was about a 4hr train ride. The further we went south, the chillier it got. I still can’t complain thou…it is the middle of their winter in July and compared to our winter, this is beautiful! We got off at the station, which was nowhere near our hotel so we had to call a cab. Well, this has to be the most memorable thing that we encountered in Australia. The maxi-cab pulls up and the driver gets out to help us with our bags. He seems a little odd….We all pile in and we’re off. This is where the fun started…The driver cranks the music which is crazy dance music. To top it off, he turned on a flashing rotating strobe disco ball light in the back of the cab where we were sitting….So we’re flying down the road (the taxi drivers are insanely fast here and not very steady on the road) blaring music, disco ball hanging from the ceiling, being thrown around the back of this cab giggling our faces off because not only was all this going on, but the driver was SINGING too!! At the top of his lungs. OMIGOD. When we got to the hotel I laughed soooooo hard. I really wish I had gotten a picture of that moment. It was priceless. If our intro to Canberra was any indication, we were going be sorely disappointed with what we were actually in store for. As I said, this is the country’s capitol. So pretty much everything here is political or has to do with politics & government. It was not a beautiful city like Sydney. It was BORING. We checked into the Novotel hotel and were only about a 5min walk from a shopping center. We decided to go there. It was dead. Most stores were closed and there were hardly any people there. We did a bit of shopping in the stores that were open and then went for something to eat. We just decided to head back to the hotel after that. The guys decided to go down to the hotel bar for a few drinks and I think I went to bed…that’s now memorable the first day in this new city was…..