Now, what can I expect from Canberra?
Mid-September my friend Aimee and I will be driving the five hours to our country’s capital to attend GAMMA Con. Apart from that convention, I have no clue as to what we should do there. Do we hit the tourist sights? Pay our respects to the men and women who have served to protect our country? Or do we buy fireworks (that’s still legal, right?)?
I don’t know, I skipped the school trip to Canberra in year six. This will be my first time. So out comes The Australian Touring Companion and my note pad. Let’s see what Canberra has on offer.
“Australian War Memorial. National Gallery of Australia. National Library of Australia. Australian National Botanic Garden.” That’s it for the official sites for me. The problem will be trying to fit all of them in in-between full days at the convention.
What about night time? That’s something I must delegate to Aimee. My dear friend is tagging along for a couple of reasons, one of them being this gives her a chance to have a catch up with her best friend from high school who joined the Navy and is posted to Canberra for the time being. Surely our high school friend knows the best places to go dancing. If not, I don’t know why we were friends to begin with. I mean seriously, that’s the reason why you stay in contact with old friends who get out of the small town. They have the knowledge of how to get around cities, where to dance, and where to eat burgers.
Normally, when I go to a new place I walk around the streets for a while and see what’s out there. Somehow I have the natural talent for finding both a second-hand bookstore and a pub. Go figure. But I think this trip will be different as I will have a partner in crime. I have to take into consideration her want to visit her BFF from high school and anything else she wants to do. Luckily we share similar preferences in food and books. But I’m not sure if my normal wandering around will suit.
And of course this is a trip that will be dominated by GAMMA Con, so the usual won’t work. I must be professional and keep a tight schedule.
Though I welcome suggestions. Leave them in the comment section and guide me to the best places. All I know about Canberra; it’s our capital, has a mad gaming development sector, there is supposedly a big pornography industry, and you can buy fireworks. I’m really focussing on that one, my inner pyro-maniac is rather excited while my no nonsense adult self is wondering what are the medical costs for having fireworks exploding in one’s face?
If you’re in Canberra and like all things geek (I love it), then come to the convention and say hi. I’m making name tags, mine will be something along “Crazy Creative Klasen” and my friend will be “Normal Person Aimee”. You won’t miss us.