IamInACT Posted October 26, 2010 Report Share Posted October 26, 2010 I have been in Canberra now for the past 8 months ... it chose me rather than me choosing Canberra as any choice. I have had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth since arriving and can honestly say that Canberra is a hidden GEM.Note: these are my own thoughtsâ€¦ Iâ€™m sure if you live elsewhere in Australia it is just as great!My family and I are very happy here and really can't see the reason why we would want to live in the rat race of Sydney and Melbourne or the mugginess of Brisbane.... and well Perth.... it's in another country? Sorry canâ€™t comment on Adelaide.If you have had a horrid time in South Africa and are looking for somewhere to relax, chill and enjoy life then Canberra could be for you. Working in Civic (centre of town), the mornings are a breeze, the good wife drops me at the bus stop and hey presto in 20 mins Iâ€™m in town â€¦ NO traffic â€¦ okay leave a little later and it might take you 30mins. A short stroll down the beautiful leafy green City Walk and Iâ€™m at my desk. From my 5th floor desk, I see Mt Majura and the eastern shores of Lake Burley Griffin â€¦. OH how it pains me â€¦. Your day is not complete without coffee â€¦ so like clockwork, 10:30, the team is out of the office and seated at the local coffee spotâ€¦ enjoying a fresh brew in the warm sunshine. Note: in winter we are most definitely seated in side.My wife sets off at about 8:45 for a leisurely stroll down the road to drop my eldest at kindy while he rides his mountain bikeâ€¦ He starts school while some parents hang around with the littlies as they play in the school playgroundâ€¦ and the parents catch up on a little gossip.Then off to gym or swimming with the little oneâ€¦ one oâ€™clock comes and off for another stroll down the lane past all the building works with not a worry in sight. Spending time on the playground before setting of home â€¦ and on the days of no school â€¦ sometimes they are off to lolly pops playground. Off the kids go, not to be seen for some time, while mom catches up with some new SA friendsâ€¦Where we live , there is no burglar alarms or burglar guards, but when I go away for the night, the only thing that my wife worries about is if the kids will sleep through â€¦ not are the dogs out, is the gate locked, is the alarm on , is the safe end of the house locked â€¦. No, just will the kids let her have the sleep that she wants.After we have had dinner, itâ€™s a short stroll up the road, off to the park for a little play. Home by 7:30 â€¦ the kidâ€™s bath and go to bed â€¦ never have they slept like lead. Then it is peace for mom and dad, to relax and watch the MNET quality FREE TV.The weekends come and go, busy on some and quiet the next... Sometimes the question â€œwhere should we head off up the road?â€. Maybe to Sydney or down to the snow or even the beach not more than 2 hours away. SWEET! And if you up for a quick easy drive Melbourne is only 7 hours away.So happy are we that we have bought ourselves some land and hopefully building next year sometimeâ€¦. Making sure we have some room for mom and dad â€¦ so when they arrive one day â€¦ we will be all set.So if you wanna chill and just relaxâ€¦ make sure itâ€™s Canberra and you will never look backâ€¦So hambani gashleâ€¦ and see ya all soon â€¦. In CANBERRA. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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