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The outsider’s eye – Two views of Canberra

By johnboy 19 July 2009 21

The all-seeing eye has picked up two views of our city that I thought were an interesting comparison, if only for the strange ideas the casual visitor can pick up.

In the first we have the boundlessly enthusiastic ZeYing Lee. She did, however, seem to the messages a little mixed at the war memorial:

    War Memorial – It’s like a museum, displaying the history of ANZAC war. Nice!!

In contrast “lisegabrielle” headlines her post “Canberra is a HOLE”. Aside from her passion for food from Subway she offers the following insight:

    I took the bus from Suave’s house to downtown Canberra, and randomly walked around there for a while. I tried to give blood but I couldn’t due to my lack of identification. Then I went to an art gallery that had a bunch of bad artwork (I think it was called the Canberra gallery) and then went to a Canberra arts and crafts gallery, which had a motorcycle exhibition. Then I went to the library and used the internet for fifteen minutes (that’s all they allowed).

It all seems to come down to the company one keeps.

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EdTales 10:16 am 26 Jul 09

So, after reading a little about what the citizens of Canberra have to say, I have decided that Canberra must be an upper crust town that enjoys poking fun at the occasional chronicalling tourist. I guess it would be better if everyone came into town without saying anything. That way, you could just make the assumption that everybody likes you and go on your merry way. Ignorance is bliss, as Americans say. Besides, who likes being criticized anyway? Food and movie critics give a lot of bad reviews, but we all know that they are just being bought off. Its a corporate scheme I tell you!

It’s all coming together now. In fact, it reminds me of a movie I once saw, called Hot Fuzz. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I suggest you stop adding to your “countries I’ve been to” ego stroking list and check it out. You may even learn something about yourself. Actually, I take that back. Thats the exact thing you are trying to avoid, right?

As an American, I will be sure to stop in the town of Canberra and check out the sights and sounds, but not without doing some serious research on all the places I should visit so I can travel without being verbally attacked (at least on online forums). Not doing so would be like traveling to the US only going to nightclubs, bars, and shopping centers; you wouldn’t see all the drug dealers, homeless people, and gangs, therefore missing a key part of American culture. Of course, then I would have to start a discussion board chastizing Australian tourists for not visiting the places I wanted them to visit. That actually might not be a bad idea…

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