Does anybody know what the capital of Australia is? You might guess Sydney or even Melbourne, but the fair dinkum (that’s Australian for truth) is that it is in Canberra.
We took a break from camping for a day and I got to visit the Parliament House in Canberra! It’s like going to the Capitol Building in D.C., but, of course, in Australia. It also reminded me of our visit to the State House in Boston.
We took the free tour for about a half-hour.
What was interesting was our guide was a middle-aged Danish dude! Apparently, there are two Parliament Houses, the old one which is now a museum, and the new one!
I also got to touch examples of Italian and Danish rocks that were used to construct the new Parliament House and learned about the architecture of the building. In fact, the building’s appearance is sort of strange.
In this picture, you can see the two official animals of Australia — the kangaroo and the emu. This is symbolic because these are the only two animals that can’t walk backwards (at least that is what our tour guide told us). Apparently, according to some kids that I met, Australia is the only country that lets people eat its national animal!!!
One of the best parts was seeing one of four original Magna Cartas! That was probably one of the highlights of my trip. The other original Magna Cartas are in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Does anybody know why the Magna Carta is so important?
Once our tour was finished, we walked into the Senate where there was was a woman giving a speech. Nobody in the whole room was paying any attention to her, but while we were in our car, driving away from the Parliament House, we heard her speech on the radio! So that meant that everybody listening to that radio station was listening to her!
Before we left, we headed up to the roof (luckily there wasn’t some guard dog attacking us on the ‘roof’) of the Parliament House! From up there we could see Chinese people protesting for freedom to practice their religion in China (some were. Why? The Chinese President was visiting the Parliament House that day!
I am glad that I had this introduction to Australian government because a few days later, while we were camping, we met a group of tenth graders and had an interesting conversation about politics with them. They really seemed to know what was going on!
Good day mates!!! This post brought me back to 1991 when I visited Canberra. Definately not as exciting as DC, but worth the visit. Something that I recall and you made note of-Australian people are very well versed in knowledge about their country (and England) and probably know more about the United States than people in the US. I was amazed then and still am considering most US Kids really don’t know their US History too well and now days people are starting to alter it. I have family in Brisbane and just love Australia. I fell in love with passion fruit there. Visited a giant pineapple and enjoyed meat lies and “red hot dogs” and of course mutton!!! I think I will live vicariously through you while you are down under. I do hope you get a chance to see the Great Barrier Reef and the outback! Ok…ill stop…I just have such fond memories. Enjoy!
We are camping along the south coast. It is really beautiful. And yesterday, mom and I learned how to surf!
That was memories and meat pies in my last post…auto correct!