before I don't
I remember this poster catching my eye last year.
14,000 nominations. 135,000 votes.
(I didn't vote but was intrigued. As a new arrival.)
Things I like (from this list anyway)
- AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE
- BEAUTIFUL, CRISP, SUNNY WINTER DAYS
- BE HOME FROM WORK IN 10 MINUTES*
- EASY TO GET AROUND*
- FOUR DISTINCT SEASONS
- LACK OF HUMIDITY
- NATIONAL ARBORETUM
- NO TRAFFIC OR TRAFFIC JAMS
- THE LAKES
* If you have a car (and can drive)
That sense of 'provincial sophistication' lingers.
Cosy yet claustrophobic. Defensive yet smug.
Canberra may be Australia's capital but it can only be described as a 'small city'. (If at all a city...)
Population: c. 380,000
There are many (negative) preconceptions about Canberra.
Cold. Boring. Public servants.
(This post is neither critique nor defence.)
I once loved Canberra.
Which why I need to leave before I don't.
(I prefer to cut my losses early.)