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Popped over to Canberra today, the actual capital of Australia. The drive was a long one though, nearly 4 hours one way.

Once there, we mainly stopped by to see the Cook Memorial/Fountain, Parliament, the War Memorial. Also made short stops at the embassies and the peak of Mt. Ainsle.

Nothing too exciting really, though the sizes of the US and Chinese embassies respectively says a lot about certain political egos.

Also a lot of Falun Gong signs and paid propagandists raining on everyone's day. Bleh. The actual weather held up beautifully.

Another thing I found really interesting was the drive. The fact that, if I didn't look closely at all the cars driving on the wrong side of the road, the drive would not have been much different from one on CA. Australia is really very similar to the US, which makes a lot of since given its history. It's a young first world country, and a melting pot of occidental and oriental demographics, just like Cali.

Hm, ok...one other difference. Every once in a while we would see a residential skyscraper on the outskirts of a city. I don't recall seeing many of those in the US. They are more common in China. But, the additional difference is the ones here all generally have aesthetically pleasing designs rather than the perfunctory brick shape. And there's generally no laundry and external AC outlets decorating them. =P

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Date: 2014-12-25 07:54 am (UTC)
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Residential skyscrapers are more common in New York, San Fran, L.A., Boston and other large metropolitan cities. Won't be seeing much of those in Silicone Valley. :p

And yeah, you'd think the AC units here would start being centralized instead of single room units these days (in China). The newer buildings aren't too bad, it's the old ones that definitely need to be torn down and rebuilt. Urgh.
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