The capital city
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Shortly after arriving in Canberra nearly cut in half by a high speed cyclist on pavement. Cyclists here are a menace to the general public as in London it would seem. Don't bother slowing down, just ring your little bell and as soon as I've figured out what it is I'll throw myself out of your way, %&*#.
Canberra was chosen as the site for the capital city as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne, and one thing that unites Sydneysiders and Melbournites, is that they seemingly find it impossible not to giggle when you tell them you are going to Canberra. The city was designed from scratch by American architects who clearly had funny ideas about pedestrians. Important buildings are linked together by very long avenues which you can walk most of the way along, until you come to a circular road, where you have to walk half way round and back again to continue in a straight line. Very frustrating. They do have a good bus service though, I suppose everybody gave up walking early on.
Had a look at the old and new parliament buildings (if you follow the road to the new parliament building on foot you end up in a rubbish dump) and the area where all the foreign embassies are located.