Better than a punch in the face

I was probably too hard on Canberra yesterday. Poor old Canberra. It’s been my home for close to three years and there is plenty to like about it. Like tulips from the market that the cats have yet to discover and destroy. And other stuff too!

For example:

  • The farmer’s market. We don’t go every weekend, but we try to go most weekends. It’s fantastic. Fresh produce and organic meat and fish and pasta and coffee and chocolate and bread and the list goes on and on. I always feel so wholesome when I come back from the market on a Saturday morning.
  • My house. I love this house. This apartment is the longest I have ever lived in any one residence since I was a teenager. I am absolutely gutted to be leaving it. I’ve always said that we could pick up this house and put it in another city and I would be happy. It used to be a part of the Russian Embassy which just makes it extra cool. A little Canberra history right at our fingertips.
  • The people. I really can’t say this enough. The people that I have met in this city are some of the best people I’ve ever met. The friends that I have made here are so so important to me and to who I am and I hope that we are always a part of each other’s lives.
  • Proximity to other things. On weekends we can go to the beach or the mountains or the countryside. Or we can drive three hours to Sydney or fly 45 minutes to Melbourne. The weekends away are one of the best things about living here.
  • Eating and drinking. The bars definitely aren’t Melbourne cool, but there are plenty of fantastic places to grab a decent drink and a high quality meal. This is the city that introduced me to laksa and Fijian Indian. I’m hungry just writing about it. Plus, we are within walking distance of three cheese rooms. Three. Cheese. Rooms. The local butcher knows what a turducken is. You definitely won’t go hungry in Canberra.
  • The quality of life. I say this all the time – we have a great life here. We have a nice house and good friends and job security and three cheese rooms. This is the type of place where you could easily spend the rest of your life and want for nothing.
  • The seasons. Most Australians think that Canberra has the worst weather in all of Australia, but I don’t mind it. I love a cold yet sunny winter day. Summer is pretty unbearable, but it makes autumn all the more glorious. My only complaint regarding the weather would be the lack of humidity, but it’s been raining a lot in the past month and spring looks like it’s going to be extra green this year.

So that’s it. My “why Canberra isn’t the worst place in the world” post. Because it’s not. And there is plenty more to like about it, but this is what I’ve got for now. I won’t necessarily miss it the way I miss London or Montreal, but I wouldn’t change my time here for anything.


~ by Jenny-la on 11 September 2010.

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