Canberra

3 Things I Miss Most About Canberra

They say you don’t truly appreciate something until you don’t have it anymore. After living abroad for almost five years, I often find myself reminiscing about Canberra, and thinking about all the things I miss most about home.

So listen up Canberrans – here are some of the things that make our capital such a wonderful city to live in.

Vibrant Wildlife

While I can live without the poisonous snakes disguised as sticks on the Mount Ainslie paths, and the furry spiders that creep from under the sun visor just as you enter a roundabout, the more cuddly and colourful wildlife is definitely at the top of my nostalgia-list. Hailing from the nation’s capital, where cockatoos shriek from the eucalypts and kangaroos bound across the suburban streets, I am a total wildlife snob. I am now living in Europe, where people leave seed out for the sparrows. Give me a warbling magpie over a dull sparrow any day (except perhaps in Spring ­ I never really nailed the whole pipecleaner-helmet look).

Coffee Culture

Coffee is coffee, right? Wrong! Only after leaving Australia did I fully appreciate our wonderful coffee culture down under, and realise that Canberra’s cafe scene is a gift for the taste buds of all caffeine enthusiasts. Try ordering a coffee in Germany and, I can assure you, it is bound to disappoint. Baristas are a very rare breed, with coffee typically dribbled from automated machines and finished with a dash of long-life milk. The lack of delicious coffee has meant I rarely spend money on caffeinated beverages yes, I confess, I am also a coffee snob. While this has been of benefit to my bank account, it has also meant that a trip to Lonsdale Street is always at the top of my to-do-list when I visit home, to indulge in an assortment of patterned lattes, coconut flat whites, and hazelnut cappuccinos, and fill my keep cup ‘til my heart’s content (and beating very fast)!

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Chatty People

There is a reason Australians are known for their outgoing and sociable attitudes we really are a friendly bunch! Living in a foreign language country often leaves me feeling like I am in my own bubble, never fully understanding what is going on and being said around me. Coming home to Canberra is a real overload for the senses not only can I understand everything that I hear, it also feels like people are approaching me from all angles. Whether it be an old highschool friend, the man walking his dog around Lake Burley Griffin, or the checkout-chick at the Ainslie IGA, everybody is always up for a chat!

Written by Lisa Stelling

 

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